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Postgraduate Pathway in Computing

Birmingham City University (BCU) is one of the leading academies for Microsoft and Cisco Systems. Equipped with specialist labs, professional studios and industry-standard software, this is the perfect environment in which to take your computing career to the next level.


  • Two semesters


  • September

Entry Points

  • Pre-Master’s

Progression Degrees

MSc Big Data Analytics

This course will give you with the skills to exploit big data tools and methods to drive innovation and growth in modern global organisations. Accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and the Engineering Council, the course will provide insight into areas of data mining, big data management, and advanced statistics.

Find out more: MSc Big Data Analytics

MSc Digital Transformation

Learning how to support businesses with digital development, you will learn about the following topics:

  • Strategic IS planning
  • Technology optimisation and integration
  • Digital change management
  • Business intelligence and technology entrepreneurship.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake SAP Certification in Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP).

Find out more: MSc Digital Transformation

MSc Cyber Security

BCU’s Centre for Cyber Security is at the forefront of advancing information security. You will study modules such as:

  • Digital forensics
  • Advanced ethical hacking
  • Cyber-physical systems security
  • Applied machine learning.

Find out more: MSc Cyber Security

MSc Advanced Computer Networks

If you want to advance your career in computer networks/network security, this is the postgraduate degree for you. Throughout the course, you will have access to the University’s specialist labs with racks of networking devices as well as the online NetLab system, which enables you to access real networking hardware from anywhere via internet. Teaching staff boast expertise in areas such as intelligent systems, mobile computing, Semantic Web, machine learning and software engineering.

Find out more: MSc Advanced Computer Networks

Programme Details

Pre-Master’s Modules

Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study

You will learn how to critically assess arguments and evidence from a range of academic sources, as well as gaining an understanding of effective critical reading at postgraduate level.

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication for Postgraduate Study

During this module, you will learn advanced skills in topics such as:

  • Public speaking
  • Writing techniques and language styles
  • Research and referencing techniques.

Research Methods for Postgraduate Study

You will gain an understanding of research methods and methodologies for postgraduate study, as well as learning how to plan and undertake effective research at postgraduate level.

Business Systems Solutions (BCU)

This module aims to provide you with a conceptual understanding of Business Systems and the practical experience of developing an integrated business solution. You will focus on information systems that underpin the business context of organisations and the demand for business intelligence. The module draws on transactional value of real-time data through mobile/IOT devices.

Pre-Master’s Extended Project

You will undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance to your future academic or professional development.

Information Security

Security measures for adequate protection of valuable information assets are essential not only to guard business success and reputation but also to comply with legal requirements, appropriate standards and relevant domain regulations. This module provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of the concepts, methods, processes, tools and practices underlying good information security management.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto this pathway programme, you must have a qualification in a related subject.

Industry-standard Facilities

Birmingham City School of Computing and Digital Technology is based on BCU’s City Centre Campus – in Millennium Point (home to the city’s Thinktank) and the new £70 million STEAMhouse. Take a look at where you will be studying and the facilities available to you.

Our Facilities – Computing and Digital Technology
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