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Liverpool John Moores University

Computer Studies

UCAS Code: C687

Master of Computing with Honours - MComp (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 Is general studies acceptable? Yes Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Average A Level offer: BBB Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DDM if studied on its own or to the total of 120 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

120
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

5 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Computer science

The MComp in Computer Studies is a four-year programme which builds on and extends a traditional BSc (Hons) programme.

The MComp includes advanced study modules and a substantial Masters-level dissertation. The extra fourth Masters year provides you with a deeper and broader range of knowledge and understanding in Computer Studies. Such knowledge and experience of the subject will substantially enhance your CV and raise your profile in the job market.

You will gain the academic and theoretical skills required to pursue a career in ICT plus advanced practical skills in the theory, practice, tools and applications of contemporary software technologies. You will also secure a critical understanding of architectures, frameworks and strategies for managing, developing and supporting modern computer systems.

The programme has been developed following extensive consultation with industry and the Department of Computer Science hosts a regular industry advisory panel.

What are the benefits of completing an MComp degree?

- You will graduate with a Master’s level degree without having to apply for an MSc course

- You will gain a depth of specialist knowledge and experience highly sought after by employers

- You will enjoy excellent career prospects

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What financial support is available to MComp students?

You will be eligible to apply for the same financial support as other undergraduates for the duration of your MComp. This includes student loans to cover your tuition fees and living expenses plus means-tested grants and bursaries. This financial support is not available to students who enrol on an MSc degree after completing a BSc (Hons) programme. Furthermore, if you are awarded an LJMU scholarship – worth £1,000 or £10,000 – you will receive this award for every year of your degree as well.

Why study computing at LJMU?

The Department of Computer Science offers you a vibrant and supportive student experience. You will have access to industry-standard facilities, including nine specialist teaching laboratories, with over 400 workstations, Linux Workstations/ Unix facilities, IBM PC compatible machines and multimedia equipment.

The Department is highly rated for its research in computing and the science behind the systems. This research directly informs what you will study on the degree.

Modules

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

•Introduction to Programming
•Computer Systems
•Fundamentals of Information Systems
•Data Modelling
•Personal and Professional Development
•Internet and Web Technologies
•Problem Solving for Information Systems

Level 5

•Database Development
•Project Management
•Information Systems Analysis and Design
•Research Skills
•Professional Issues
•Object Oriented Software Development
•Advanced Web Development

Sandwich degree:

•Year-long placement

Level 6

•Business Systems Analysis
•User Experience Design Project
•Advanced Topics in Information Systems
•Website and E-Commerce Management

Level 7

•Research Methods
•Project Dissertation
•Advanced Software Engineering Concepts
•Management of EBusiness
•Computer Systems Technology

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment methods

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams, a personal independent project and a Masters level final year dissertation.

This is an extensive piece of research work in an applications domain relevant to your academic or professional interests. It is intended to provide you with an opportunity to undertake a major investigation and produce a major dissertation on the outcome of the work.

Assessment of the project will be based on this dissertation and presentations of the work. The work carried out during the project is expected to have a strong research component and will, in many cases, be appropriate in forming the basis of further academic research, such as a PhD programme.

Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or as written comments.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool John Moores University

Department:

Computer Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
med
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
84%
Male students
16%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
94%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
17%
Information technology technicians
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computer science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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