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MSc in Computer Science (Mobile Computing)

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About the course

**Please note, this course is not recruiting for 2017 entry. We are accepting applications for 2018 entry.**

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are part of everyday life, essential in every aspect of personal, social and business computing. Our MSc will give you a firm understanding of the latest techniques for developing software for mobile devices, and teach you how to integrate such software into larger-scale distributed computing systems.

You will study the architecture and implementation of mobile connected systems, the component-based environments used to create them, and the security and operational constraints associated with mobile devices. By the end of the course, you will have the necessary skills to create mobile software applications for industry-standard mobile platforms (Android, iOS, Windows). We also give you experience of the latest technologies and commercial perspectives, equipping you to innovate the next generation of connected mobile systems. A key feature of this course is its unique blend of academic and commercial perspectives.

The course begins each September and lasts 12 months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester immediately before or after the dissertation, gaining industrial experience through a module based in SEED, our software development unit working with commercial clients and software. This is unique to Hull.

Studying Computer Science at Hull, you'll benefit from an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.

Key Facts

Tuition Fees

UK/EU: £7,000 full-time

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,280 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £15,300 full-time

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.


More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

Minimum

A minimum of 2:2 Bachelor Honours (or equivalent) in "Computer science" or "Software engineering" with at least 40 credits (or equivalent) of modules involving programming, including experience of object-oriented programming.  

Candidates are required to submit a personal statement as part of the application process which sets out the extent of your object-oriented programming experience. (If you would like to discuss this with a member of academic staff who can help you assess whether their degree will be sufficient preparation then we will be happy to arrange this). Within the degree, candidates will be required to independently develop software:  the programmes use C# so familiarity with OO programming is required, though  there is support within the degree programmes on the transition to this language, including a first semester module on OO and C# programming.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Study information

The MSc Computer Science (Mobile Computing) programme supports students with varying levels of computing and programming practice experience, with material that supports the transition into the postgraduate environment. There is also suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists.

As a route into research, the programme is supported by the development of postgraduate technical skills, alongside critical research, analysis and planning activities.

In lectures you’ll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.

Core modules

  • Object Oriented Design and Development Using C#
  • Mobile Devices and Applications
  • Development Project
  • Distributed Applications
  • Trustworthy Computing

Optional modules

  • Component-based Architecture
  • Network Security
  • Computer Science Software Development Practice – pass/fail module
  • The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module allows students to gain significant commercial experience

Dissertation

  • Up to 20,000 words. There is the option of taking this module either in trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module

Teaching and learning

We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. These will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.

As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.

Assessment

Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. This is complemented by written coursework. The largest assessment is the dissertation.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

The MSc Computer Science (Mobile Computing) is designed to open up pathways to postgraduate research, as well as careers in a wide range of areas within your discipline. The industrial placement option will enable you to practise your skills and knowledge of computer science in situ, giving you a useful insight and advantage when it comes to starting your career.

We have a range of inspirational extra-curricular activities including the Three Thing Game, Imagine Cup Worldwide Software Development Challenge, Really Useful Seminars and Global Game Jam. They are designed to boost your CV and employability, and taking part costs very little.

Our graduates gain a wide range of roles including: applications developer; business systems analyst; computer analyst; computer programmer; computer operations manager; data management analyst; database assistant; developer support engineer; games programmer; games programmer (engine design); information manager; IT design; IT systems manager; IT technician; IT user support; mobile developer; operations director; software designer; software developer; software engineer; solutions developer; systems engineer; technical sales; technical specialist; and web developer.