MComp Computer Applications Development

This four-year MComp Master of Computing degree in Computer Applications Development is the highest award for undergraduate study in computing and is designed for more able students. Combining our BSc (Hons) Computer Applications Development degree with Masters-level material, it allows you to further distinguish yourself with an advanced set of professional and technical skills. The MComp course also removes the need to source further funding to study a Master's level qualification.

This stimulating computing course will prepare you to work in a variety of exciting roles developing software and systems. It has a strong practical element and you will gain expertise in how to develop information systems and manage software projects. It builds on a foundation of ‘core computing’ and introduces you to software development, web development, information engineering, computer architecture and operating systems. You’ll develop more focused skills to develop the kinds of system most modern organisations use, for example, using mobile and desktop client software to access complex data sets using web services.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W86C Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W86C Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

Year One

  • Computer Systems and Network Technologies
  • Computer Programming
  • Designing and Implementing Interactive Systems
  • Professionalism and Employability
  • Information Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Computing

Year Two

  • Operating System Theory and Implementation
  • Project Management and Professional Practice
  • Dynamic Website Development
  • Web Content Management Technologies
  • Database Development
  • Team Application Project and PPE
  • Supervised Work Experience (Computing) - optional
  • Study Overseas (Computing) - optional

Year Three

  • Individual Project
  • Strategic IS Management
  • Advanced Databases and Modelling
  • Advanced Internet and Mobile Computing
  • GIS and the Spatial Web
  • The Computing Professional in Practice - optional
  • Computers and the Law - optional

Year Four

  • Major Team Project 
  • Distributed Computing 
  • Independent Study 
  • Project Management with PRINCE 2 
  • Big Data and Analytics - optional
  • GIS Principles and Practice - optional
  • Network Security - optional

Teaching

You will have around 16 hours of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions every week. You also need to spend four hours per week, per module on your coursework, general reading and other preparation. As part of your studies, we strongly recommend that you spend up to a year working in industry in the UK or abroad. This means you can gain new skills and boost your career prospects, and it can often lead to job opportunities with your placement employer.

Assessment

Assessment includes examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises taught using real-life scenarios.

Placements

As well as an opportunity to use your knowledge in the real world, work experience will boost your CV and can even lead directly to employment. You could spend up to a year working in industry as part of your course, either in the UK or abroad. You can also take part in live projects and taster weeks, or choose a shorter three-month placement. Recent placements include E-Finity, IBM, Fujitsu, GCHQ, and the Welsh Government.

 

Facilities

Our facilities are at the cutting edge of computer development, meaning you’ll use the latest technologies in high-spec labs. You’ll also find dedicated spaces on campus for computing students, including Windows, Apple Mac, Linux and Networking suites, all with the latest software.

The entry criteria below show some of the typical qualifications against which the University will make offers. Offers take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB (this is equivalent to 120 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade B in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BB at A Level (this is equivalent to 120 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit (this is equivalent to 128 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of 665 (this is equivalent to 128 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to 118 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 21 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 0 Passes (118 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 30 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 9 Passes (118 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Computer systems are fundamental to many industries, so you can apply your skills in many fields. In addition to writing the business logic, a developer has to merge a variety of technologies to make it work. Companies of all sizes need project managers, software developers, information managers, web application developers, and more.

The Computer Applications Development course offers a thorough grounding in the necessary skills to open up a flexible career in computing. So, you’ll be able to work in a broad variety of business sectors and in a number of different roles.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.