Equip yourself for a career in computing and IT. Aimed at those with no computing background, our Masters conversion course will take you in a new direction.
If you’re looking for a career change and want to gain the skills for a rewarding career in the IT sector, this course is your stepping stone.
Study our conversion MSc Information and Communication Technology and you’ll explore everything from software development to cyber security, networking to web development.
This Masters degree is designed for those who don’t already have a degree in computing. If you have studied computer science, or a related subject to degree level, you may wish to consider our MSc Computer Science or MSc Cyber Security.
With IT professionals in high demand across the UK and worldwide, studying this postgraduate course will put you in a position to take on the modern technology-driven world.
Whatever your current situation, our Masters degree in Information and Communication Technology is flexible enough to meet your needs. We’ll equip you with a set of skills that will make you attractive to future employers in a range of IT-related roles.
You’ll study in Cambridge in our specialist computer labs, where we’ll introduce you to advanced information and technology practices and systems.
With a focus throughout the course on programming, networking, hardware and analysis you’ll be able to put your new skills into practice with confidence. You’ll also discover Cambridge offers plenty of opportunities to gain relevant work experience.
You can study part-time or while you work; at ARU our postgraduate courses fit into your life.
Is a conversion course for me?
While this is a conversion course you should have some previous experience installing/uninstalling computer programs, using a computer keyboard to create and write files using a word processor, and using a browser to search the internet.
For program work outside of scheduled class time you should buy or have access to a Windows laptop/desktop with a minimum specification of 250Gb hard drive, CPU speed of 1.8 GHz quad-core or equivalent, 4Gb of RAM, and wireless connectivity.
We recommend installing Microsoft Visual Studio Community (downloadable from the MS Visual Studio website) to self-evaluate whether or not the subject and course is appropriate for you. This is free for personal, non-commercial/educational use, though when the trial period ends you will need to register (still free).
On installation, choose to install the '.NET desktop development'. Once installed, on starting Visual Studio create a New Project choosing 'C# Console App (.NET framework)' and try researching, developing and running a simple 'Hello World' program. It is not a requirement to complete this activity but nevertheless is good preparation for the course.
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Completing our MSc Information and Communication Technology gives you the opportunity to choose between a wide variety of IT-related careers.
These include software development and project management, software engineering, systems analysis, database administration, network management and technical support.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Computer Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.
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