Open University in Scotland


This qualification develops a rigorous approach to the study and application of computing, and incorporates transferable skills that are highly applicable to professional development in the field.

You can choose between the flexible MSc in Computing (offering a wide choice of industry relevant modules), and the more focused MSc in Computing (Software Engineering) or MSc in Computing (Information Security and Forensics), which enable you to develop in-depth specialist knowledge.

All three routes finish with a substantial independent project, with either a professional or research orientation. The professional project engages in a research scenario in an employment-related setting of your choice, while the research project enables you to design a research proposal relating to an issue or problem of professional relevance to you or an employer, institution or public body.

On completion of Stage 1 students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Computing.

On completion of Stage 2 students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing.

Entry Requirements

You will need a bachelors degree (or equivalent) in computing or a related discipline, or relevant industrial experience.

Computer and internet access necessary.

Progression Routes

After successfully completing 60 points you will qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate in Computing entitling you to use the letters PG Cert Comp (Open) after your name. If you obtain 30 points or more at Distinction grade in your courses you will qualify for the award of the certificate with Distinction.

Start Date

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Postgraduate Master's

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

3 - 6 years




Computing and IT

SCQF Level