Level of study: Postgraduate
Fee: £7,650 (UK/EU)
Entry requirements: 2:2 or above undergraduate degree from a recognised university in a relevant field, ideally with work experience
Mode of study: Part-time classroom
Duration: 2 years
Assessment methods: Coursework
Scholarship or bursaries: Not available
Student finance: Available
Payment plan: Available
Technology is one of the greatest agents of change in the modern world and it represents a significant opportunity and risk for businesses of all sizes. Developers play a central role in how we interact with the online world and employment in the IT industry is expected to grow at nearly 5 times the UK average over the next decade.
The demands of our global, data-intensive, knowledge based economy is creating a skills gap and making now the perfect time to gain the skills necessary to meet demand.
Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies is taught by industry experts around leading-edge content, and is designed to give you the knowledge and expertise to fill this gap.
- Part-time Masters degree based in Central London
- Continue working while you study with lectures delivered on 15 weekends throughout the 2 year course
- Build a firm grounding in strategic web development skills and mobile development
- Learn how to manage and utilise the opportunities emerging technologies create
- Undergraduate degree not essential for entry
About this course
What will I study?
Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies provides a firm grounding in strategic web development skills, with a specific focus on mobile development. Blending training with academic rigour, our programme will enable you to develop the lifelong skills needed to rise to the challenge and opportunity of emerging technologies and engage in the ‘bleeding edge’ field. An area which is notoriously high risk and has an increased potential of unreliability.
You will study the core skills required to gain a deep understanding of contemporary web development, industry practice and analysis which forms the basis of next generation technologies. This programme also focuses on mobile development and web development skills you need to engage and succeed in the cutting edge of technology.
During the programme you will also develop independent research skills to manage risk and identify, recommend and deploy relevant technologies both now and in the future. Throughout the course, you will study with a diverse group like-minded IT professionals, share ideas, and build upon your professional network.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The part-time programme is designed to enable working professionals to fit their study around their work and personal life. The programme is assessed through modular assignments and a final dissertation, with no exams.
All taught lectures are delivered on 15 weekends spread throughout the 2 year period, with approximately 24 hours of taught content per module. You will be expected to invest equal time on self-directed learning and reading.
Our MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies is a truly blended learning programme, offering extensive student support in and outside of the classroom. We have a dedicated delegate support team based in London to assist you throughout your programme and arrange one-to-one sessions with our experienced faculty.
Applicants should have the following:
Standard entry requirements
- Minimum 2:2 or above from a recognised university in a relevant field (IT/Computer Science/related field)
- Ideally some relevant IT/Developer experience
Non-standard entry requirements
- 3 years’ demonstrable IT, software or development experience and/or a professional qualification
Did you know that if your IELTS is within 1.0 of the required score for your programme, then taking Pre-Sessional English is an option for you.
Web Engineering (20 credits)
This module enables you to understand, learn and develop with emerging web engineering techniques and standards. By the end of the module you will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of specific technologies, methods, skills and concepts in developing and deploying systems relating to web design and authoring Identify user requirements in multi-platform, multi-device web development; analyse the requirements, compare and formulate solutions to address them in design and test implemented solutions against test scenarios. Demonstrate knowledge of web standards, system frameworks and protocols. Specify and critically evaluate their practice and implement reliable, optimised, and future-proof web applications using industrial strength platforms. Critically evaluate and apply ethical, accessibility and usability issues relating to data driven web authoring.
UX/UI Theory, Experience and Development (20 credits)
Learn how to succeed in front-end engineering through the application of User Experience. By the end of the module you will be able to: demonstrate knowledge of UX/UI theories, design principles and technologies and have a deep appreciation of the benefits and problems associated with UX/UI and development of interactive systems. Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and standards relevant to UX/UI, and recognise and be able to apply UX/UI standards and guidelines to the development of responsive/interactive systems. Explain usability criteria and how it can be effectively measured. Use UX/UI design principles to design/model a solution to a problem. Apply knowledge of cognitive and socio-psychological theories to the design, implementation and evaluation of UX/UI. Select and apply appropriate UX/UI evaluation techniques.
Advanced Web UI Development (20 credits)
During this module you will gain knowledge and understand the principles and theories to advanced web user interfaces (UI). By the end of the module you will be able to: create mobile ready UI using vendor neutral technologies. Show purposeful practical skills with the advanced features of modern browser capabilities to create an advanced UI. Critically evaluate performance and able to suggest solutions to improve the characteristics of developed internet apps. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of multi-device web authoring concepts, principles and technologies. Be able to create responsive websites and suitable interactions for different devices. Demonstrate practical application and synthesis of specific technologies, methods, skills and concepts in developing and deploying systems relating to multi-device web authoring. Lift the website features to demonstrate app like quality for web pages through use of advanced features of web UI modules and protocols to show a deep appreciation of performance implications and web optimisation issues. Recognise and address in a professional manner ethical, privacy, accessibility and usability issues relating to multi-device web authoring and utilisation of advanced UI technologies.
Mobile App Development (20 credits)
This module will enable you to model, design and implement native mobile applications. The module learning outcomes that are addressed by the assignments are: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamentals and theories of mobile communication technologies. Able to make correct choices for the key tools, platforms and techniques enabling development of mobile apps for specific business requirements. For example, use Eclipse IDE with the Android emulator as a productive development environment to write and run Android applications – and show understanding of Android features and able to exploit the Android developer’s SDK. Exploit hardware features available on a variety of devices to support mobile application development and deployment. Effectively evaluate and use external services and resources to support mobile application development and deployment. Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance procedures and techniques in the context of mobile application development and deployment.
Cloud Computing (20 credits)
This module is one of the optional modules available for this programme, of which you can choose one. The module learning outcomes addressed by this assignment are: show knowledge and understanding of design and development of services that access local and remote data from various data sources. Demonstrate how to develop and deploy services to cloud environments e.g. Windows Azure or Amazon Web Services. Identify technical terminology and concepts as they relate to the cloud and web services platforms. Describe and evaluate the impact and importance of Cloud Architecture. Demonstrate how to launch and manage cloud API’s and databases and provide secure access. Deploy Infrastructure and Applications; create data bindings; query and manipulate cloud based data structures; expose service driven endpoints using web protocols e.g. SOAP, REST, JSON Create scalable, load-balanced services and implement growth strategies.
Web Application Security (20 credits)
This module is one of the optional modules available for this programme, of which you can choose one. The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the understanding and skills needed to identify security risks in web applications and mitigate those risks by writing secure code. The module will enable you to develop understanding and analytical skills for the most critical/up-to-date web application security risks using professional security techniques e.g OWASP. You will also learn the practical skills and mitigation strategies to secure the risks. Define and discuss common website/mobile security risks. Be able to remotely identify vulnerabilities in web applications. Demonstrate and employ practical skills/practices to secure discrete units of code and explain native web browsers security defences. Apply the principles of information security in a practical setting. Undertake appropriate automated scanning and detection of risks. Design and model security models and be able to systematically evaluate the implications in specific context.
Dissertation (60 credits)
The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the experience of undertaking a substantial piece of research related to the modules studied. It will require you to develop, consolidate and apply your independent research, academic study and research project management skills to the investigation of a topic of your own choice that is relevant to your programme of study, your workplace or your future career aspirations.
Fees and finance
Tuition fees: £7,650
This is the total fee for your 2 year programme including programme tuition, all course materials and examinations.
We offer an interest free monthly payment plan available to all self-funded students after payment of your deposit.
How to apply or find out more
How to find out more
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How to apply
Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the part-time MSc Web and Mobile Development Technologies. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.
If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to admin.
We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.
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- Fully completed application form
- Personal email address must be included on the application form
- Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
- Passport – copy of personal details page
- Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
- Details of two referees
- Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable
- An attached CV is desirable
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