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MSc Information Technology

Course Overview

Business requires IT professionals who can design, deploy and utilise business relevant IT-based systems and services. The programme helps to satisfy this demand, deepening your understanding of modern IT-based business systems and addressing related development, acquisition and deployment issues in modern organisations. This programme has UK and international appeal as it can broaden and deepen your expertise.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Information Technology

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of the West of Scotland

    Professional recognition

    British Computer Society – BCS

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7 / SCQF Level 11)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £11,000 (Scholarship available)



    Work placement


    Course location

    Paisley, Scotland

Academic entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a degree from an area other than IT or computing, or a modest academic background in IT and computing, or equivalent professional qualification and experience. Applicants from a business, social sciences, health sciences, engineering, applied sciences, arts, or sports science background are encouraged to apply. Applicants possessing a degree can apply to enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma and, on successful completion, transfer to the MSc programme.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. UWS will also consider applicants who have previously studied at degree level, taught and assessed in English, in what UKVI define as a majority English-speaking country.

Assessment methods

Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent business research project & live case studies - a range of practically focused assignments, such as case studies, portfolios, presentations and other assessment formats which will replicate the types of practice graduates will be expected to undertake in their typical working life upon completion of the programme.

Progression route

Further academic study of DBA, PhD or other research degree or Professional career.

Career opportunities

UWS graduates enjoy careers at Agrekko, IBM, T-Mobile, CAP-Gemini, Amazon, Atos, Adobe Systems, HP, Dell and SMEs. Positions include IT Consultant, IT Systems Developer, e-Business Specialist, Database Developer, Oracle Database Specialist, and doctoral (PhD) researcher.


The programme consists of a combination of core and specialisation option modules (specialisations offered subject to demand).


Trimester 1

Topics include modern database design, network-based technology infrastructure and object oriented analysis and design methods for modern IT systems development.


Trimester 2

You may follow technically-oriented specialisations including Oracle-based advanced database development, Java based application development, web technology development, data and network security, wireless networking and Internet of Things.


Alternatively, you may follow business-oriented specialisations including eBusiness, mobile business, technology management, strategic and project management, digital marketing and modern business intelligence and analytics.

Technically-oriented specialisations will enable you to focus on developing technical skills such as database and network design and development, application development, web development, creating IT solutions, and designing IT infrastructures for organisations. Business-oriented specialisations will enable you to develop skills and strategies that will help organisations configure and manage appropriate IT-driven and business relevant solutions and infrastructures. 

You can also complete your Masters dissertation whilst working in industry.