The course modules, which are all compulsory for the MSc, are listed below. To qualify for the MSc you will need to pass three compulsory modules in Semester 1 and three compulsory modules in Semester 2 as well as the dissertation and the research and study methods module.
The MSc in eBusiness with placement enables you to work in industry for a year in the middle of your course to give valuable workplace experience. Placements are not guaranteed, but the departments dedicated placement team will help with the process of finding and applying for placements. To qualify for a master’s degree with placement, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits plus the zero credit placement module. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).
The Postgraduate Diploma in eBusiness allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people already working in the industry who wish to brush up their skills. To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass modules amounting to 120 credits.
The Postgraduate Certificate in eBusiness allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the industry who wish to learn a specific area in this rapidly changing discipline. To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass modules amounting to 60 credits.
Part-time students normally distribute the work evenly over a two-year period.Semester 1
- The Business Web (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) introduces the concepts, operations and components of the web, focusing on the way in which innovative business models can be enabled.
- Web Applications Development (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) assumes no previous experience of computer programming. It covers the fundamental skills associated with creating robust, efficient and dynamic web applications.
- eMarketing Principles and Strategies (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) covers emarketing issues and strategies for the rapidly changing business world.
- Research and Study Methods (compulsory for MSc) underpins work carried out for the dissertation. The module, delivered in a seminar style, will provide you with research skills, planning techniques, progress management and review, and the ability to use ICT support materials. You will be given guidance on the analysis and technical presentation of research material. This module continues in semester 2.
Students undertaking an MSc with placement will do a 1 year placement in industry. The placement will be undertaken after the taught component and before doing the dissertation.
- Research and Study Methods (compulsory for MSc) is a continuation of the semester 1 module.
- Building a Web-Based Business (compulsory for MSc) brings together key technical skills and an understanding of management practice to enable you to construct a viable ebusiness.
- eBusiness Information Systems (compulsory for MSc) explores the business and information strategy issues related to conducting business on the internet, including the construction and maintenance of organisational and technical infrastructures.
- Business eFutures (compulsory for MSc) provides an opportunity to study cutting-edge thinking and new ideas in emarketing, web-based technologies and their employment in business enterprises.
Students taking the MSc will also take:
- The Dissertation: an individual research and development project of 10,000-15,000 words on a topic closely related to your programme of study. The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation possibly linked to an optional internship. The dissertation will typically be an investigation of a commercial problem from an IT perspective leading to the design, implementation and testing of a computer based solution.
Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of taught modules you choose may vary from the list here.
Teaching and learning
Lecturing staff have extensive experience in university teaching in computing and business, as well as coming from a wide range of industrial and commercial backgrounds. Many of the modules are enriched by the teaching staff's research expertise and ongoing commitment to serving the business community.
We maintain industrial links in a variety of ways, including consultancy, courses for industry and through our industrial placement scheme.
Approach to assessment
Assessments include coursework exercises, presentations, lab work, reports and examinations.
Based at Brookes' Wheatley Campus, the Department of Computing and Communications Technology has all the general computing and IT resources you would expect to find in a modern technology department.
Our labs are equipped with industry-standard equipment and software tools. This enables you to develop skills of immediate relevance to industry needs while also providing a sound practical basis that enhances your understanding of theoretical concepts. Students on eBusiness programmes have access to the departments own private cloud in order to create and deploy a variety of web technologies.
Students on placement are responsible for living costs associated with their placement.
Part time study is an option on this programme for students who wish to combine their study with work. Where possible we try to ensure that part time students only need to attend for 1 day a week, although students will be expected to undertake additional independent study.