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MSc Professional Practice in Computing and IT and Professional Practice in Project Management

MSc Professional Practice in Computing and IT and Professional Practice in Project Management

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Computer Science Information Technology (General)

Course type


Course Summary


MSc Professional Practice in Computing and IT and MSc Professional Practice in Project Management are aimed at practicing professionals who want to progress up the career ladder through higher education but have a limited amount of time to commit to study. These programmes place an emphasis on developing and applying the knowledge, skills and competencies required for successful professional practice, allowing you to demonstrate a clear return of investment for each module completed.

This programme has been designed with a mix of directed and independent learning activity supported by individual tutoring. Delivered in part-time blended mode, this programme combines interactive workshops, online learning materials, individual tutor guidance and tutorials.

What will I study?

This MSc is available in two separate awards which allow you to develop your workplace and learning capability in the areas of Computing and IT or Project Management. These programmes are ideal for those in employment who engage in demonstrable continuing professional development relating to their workplace discipline.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Delivered in part-time blended mode, the programme combines interactive workshops sessions delivered in a series of one day block sessions supported by a range of online learning materials including video, podcast and work based learning activities and individual tutorials. You can expect a one or two day workshop per module which is delivered on weekends spread throughout the 2 year period. There will also be online video, podcast and email support between workshops to enable you to build your knowledge and confidence.

Overall, the programme uses a combination of teaching and learning materials and techniques including:

  • Workshops delivered at weekends to enable face to face learning and interaction with fellow learners and tutors.
  • Dedicated learning platform with a range of video, podcast materials and directed reading materials
  • Self-study materials, providing knowledge and understanding, and helping you to apply ideas to your workplace.
  • Work-related assignments that give you an opportunity to develop and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding and provide evidence of competence.

You will also be expected to engage in independent study, around 3-4 hours per week.

Different course options

Study mode



2 years

Start date



Many people working in both the public and private sector undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of their work. This module recognises your CPD and requires you to reflect upon such learning and review how this can be embedded back into your workplace. An initial one day workshop will introduce this module and consider areas including: the design and presentation of a CPD Log, reflective writing, strategies to plan; organise; negotiate; effectively manage; implement; record; review and evaluate CPD within an agreed timescale and development of an organisation return on investment and improvement project. You will be assessed by means of a 5000 word individually negotiated reflection of your recent CPD and return on investment plan.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements Applicants must: Be employed Hold one of the following: 2:2 or above from a recognised university or An equivalent academic qualification or An equivalent professional qualification Non-standard entry requirements Mature applicants lacking standard academic qualifications may be considered for entry if s/he has a minimum of 2 years demonstrable work experience at managerial level and is able to fulfil the objectives of the programme. All candidates must also be able to demonstrate engagement in recognised CPD activity equating to 72 hours within the last two years. Recognised CPD activity typically relates to certified training, accredited or non-accredited learning activities. These can be via a training provider, professional body or be completed as part of your employment.

University information

Northumbria University’s London campus is based right in the heart of the city, and with the University’s focus specialisation in industry-focused degrees, you’ll find yourself perfectly placed to search for work experience and internships and rub shoulder with all the right sorts of people as you think ahead to your career. Many of the business-related postgraduate degrees can be studied full time or part time in one-to-two years, to fit in...more