A NEW post-graduate course in Computing for Business is starting at the University of Stirling this September.
The course, offered as a post-graduate diploma or MSc, will allow participants to prepare for a successful career in IT management.
Full details about the course, and how to apply, are now online.
The course director, Dr Mario Kolberg, said: “The University is delighted to announce the launch of this exciting new programme. This programme has been designed with the demands of the job market in mind. The combination of business and computing skills is highly sought after and will equip our students for a highly successful career in IT management.”
During the course students will gain specific vocational skills in the design and development of computer applications and networks, plus expertise in managing teams and projects as well as business processes. Students will be offered a choice of computing and business modules, so that they can adapt the course to their previous experience.
Nick Pye, CEO of Youmanage HR Ltd, praised the new programme. He said: “A combination of computing and business topics is a sound idea for many businesses, including our own.
“Having had varied experiences of working with graduate application developers, we know which ones have stood out from the crowd: it's those who can align their day to day work activities with a solid sense of the organisation’s overall aims and purpose, and can easily link their job purpose back to the commercial aspirations of the company.
“To combine management with computing topics is sure to address some very real business needs; a good understanding and combination of valuable disciplines, such as project, people and e-commerce management practices needs to be present, and likely to be insisted upon by employers in today's competitive marketplace.”
Stirling has been repeatedly been ranked amongst the top UK universities for its computing science programmes.
Last year, the Guardian newspaper ranked computing science teaching very highly. Stirling came out top in the UK in the category “Satisfied with Course” - with a mark of 100 per cent satisfaction by students. Stirling also scored the second highest score in “Satisfied with Teaching” (95 per cent), and “Value added” (9 out of 10). The University was also ranked number one for its Graduate School in the International Student Satisfaction Survey.
Dr Kolberg added: “Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry and a number of work placements and company projects are available to students on the course. For example Stirling is a partner in the Making the Most of Masters initiative, which organises company lead MSc projects. Past project topics include mobile phone app development, bespoke Java applications, .net applications and advanced website development projects.”
“Previous students on Stirling MSc programmes have secured employment in major organisations such as HP, Adobe and IBM as well as government bodies or have continued their studies towards a PhD. Computing Science at the University of Stirling supports the Scottish e-Placement project which provides competitive placements with Scottish employers.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
“Computing for Business” comprises two 15-week semesters of taught modules, a winter programming assignment over three weeks in January, and the MSc project over three months at the end. Practical work is a key component in this course. It builds from self-contained tasks in Semester 1, over the larger winter programming assignment, to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project is the largest piece of work, which leads to the MSc dissertation. Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry therefore work placements and company projects are available to students on the course.
Other MSc programmes offered in Computing Science at Stirling are the MSc in Advanced Computing (http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/entrants/ac/), MSc in Information Technology (http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/entrants/it/), and MSc Computing for Financial Markets (http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/entrants/cfm/).
Further information about studying in the UK for international applicants here.