Advanced Internet Applications MSc/Diploma

  • Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
  • Programme type: Taught Programme
  • Study location: Edinburgh
  • Entry date: September

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This programme is designed for graduates with an IT background and teaches the theory, methods and tools to develop distributed applications over the internet using current advanced techniques.  These include rich internet applications, mobile internet applications and distributed technologies like web services and cloud computing.  The MSc project is carried out in some cases in collaboration with an outside industrial or academic organisation.

Graduates can expect to find employment within software houses, IT companies, research and development divisions of companies, financial services organisations, defence contractors or government IT agencies, or as researchers.

Further details are available here.

Programme duration

This full-time programme starts in September and lasts one year. The programme can also be taken part-time over 2 years or as a 9 month Postgraduate Diploma.

Professional recognition

The programme is accredited by the British Computer Society.

Programme content

Full-time students take 4 courses each semester and must normally take all core courses. 

Core Courses:

  • Computer Network Security
  • Mobile Communications and Programming
  • Network Applications
  • Research Methods and Project Planning

Optional Courses:

  • Advanced Interaction Design
  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Communications and Networks
  • Data Visualisation and Analytics
  • Distributed and Parallel Technologies
  • Intelligent Robotics
  • Rigorous Methods for Software Engineering
  • Software Engineering Foundations

After semester 2, students continue full time on the MSc project.

Further details are available here


In the third semester (May-August) students undertake a specialist MSc project which is written up as a 15000 word dissertation. This project enables further development and consolidation of skills introduced in the taught courses, applying them to a challenging practical problem in this subject area.

Entry requirements

Admission requires a good honours degree, or overseas equivalent that includes a substantial amount of  computing or IT. Candidates holding less than a good honours degree or its equivalent but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exam and course work are at MSc level. Non-native English speakers must have an English level of IELTS 6.0 or its equivalent.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / Non-UK EU£5100
England/Northern Ireland/Wales£5100

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

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