- 1 year full-time (January start)
- 1 year full-time with placement (January start)
Are you a keen problem-solver looking to learn new skills in computer engineering? Solent’s computer engineering postgraduate conversion degree is well-suited to students from non-computing backgrounds, helping you to learn new skills and develop advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies for a range of computing careers.
Solent University’s computer engineering master’s conversion degree exposes students to a wide range of both existing and emerging technologies and covers areas such as coding, software development, problem solving, computing, digital technologies and engineering.
Working with the latest technology, students on this course will also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices and can learn to develop apps for Android devices. To test these apps, students have access to the University’s device laboratory which is a special test area consisting of a range of mobile devices, allowing students to assess their website designs and apps on real equipment.
The course curriculum is developed with input from a variety of sources, including an industrial liaison panel, to ensure students are studying the latest technology and working practices employed by industry experts.
With a strong focus on employability, and to complement studies, this course offers students the opportunity to work on live briefs, events and projects with real-world companies. Regular industry speakers and events by the BCS can help students to build their professional network.
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Why choose this course?
Solent also hosts regular British Computer Society (BCS) professional development events.
Equipped with industry-standard networking equipment from Cisco, Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems, including the market-leading Opnet.
And a facility to test your applications in our device laboratory. It consists of a range of mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers.
This course is for
This conversion master’s course is ideally suited to students from a number of academic backgrounds who have a strong interest in problem-solving and existing/emerging technologies.
The course is also suited to those with extensive industry experience in this area who wish to gain an academic qualification.
What this course leads to
Demand for well-qualified information technology graduates remains strong.
- IT project management
- Software development
- Web and mobile development
- Software architecture
- Project management
Meet the team
The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.
Core modules and CATS points modules
Research Methods (15)
This module will initially introduce the student to core methodological approaches. It will then examine a range of specific research methods, which are essential to underpin good research, as well as exploring some of the tools which are used in the processing and analysis of datasets.
Professional Issues and Practice (15)
The module will look at standards of practice, not as a set of static documents but as a dynamic set of potential achievements, as for example envisaged by TickITplus and CMMI.
Pilot Project (15)
The Pilot Project module builds on concepts delivered across the Master's degree in technical and research areas and is designed to develop the student’s research skills by undertaking a pilot study which will then lead onto a larger scale study in the Research Project module.
Research Project (45)
The MSc project is the culmination of the Master's experience and draws on both the technical skills learned through the taught components of the course, and the research skills developed through the Research Methods and Pilot Project modules.
Computer Fundamentals (15)
This module introduces students to computer fundamentals and related concepts.
Cyber Security Application (15)
This module provides students with a practical introduction to cyber security.
Software Design and Development (15)
This module will give students with no prior OO experience sufficient understanding of OO development to undertake a small-scale OO software development project.
This is an introduction to networks and is designed to develop the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications. By the end of the module, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.
In this module students are introduced to the skills and concepts required for developing relational SQL-based database application solutions and will apply them by using web-based, enterprise-level database software tools.
Web Technologies (15)
This module gives graduates from non-computing backgrounds a thorough grounding in web development.
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At Solent, our aim is to deliver innovative, inclusive and intellectually stimulating teaching to develop self-confident and highly employable graduates. All our courses are designed with employability in mind, which makes industry-based learning a priority.
The UK’s IT industry is worth over £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong.
A postgraduate qualification can put you at the forefront of this demand, demonstrating your commitment to the industry and your ability to carry out in-depth computing research.
There is currently a very high demand for those with technical skills in software development, SQL databases, web scripting and Agile development. Careers in these areas often carry higher than average salaries.
Learn transferable skills
You will be supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. This includes programming, project management, problem-solving, analytical skills, technical writing, teamwork, communication and presentation skills.
These transferable skills empower you to work in a range of different industries after graduation. The course will also equip you with research and academic skills helping those who wish to pursue a PhD or an academic career.
The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
- UK, EU (settled status) and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,700 per year
- International full-time fees: £14,300 per year
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course costs
While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:
Solent Alumni with a:
- First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
- 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level
The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.
If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.
If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.Find out more
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
There is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket is currently £15. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements
Honours degree at 2:2 or higher in any discipline, or extensive industrial experience in this area.
- Applicants should be able to show an interest in learning to code.
- Qualifications equivalent to the above may also be considered – contact the University for further information.
- We also consider candidates with alternative qualifications and related professional experience.
Key entry requirements
If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Note to all international students requiring a visa
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
Your application checklist
Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.
Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application:
- Two academic references.
- Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student.
- Copy of passport.
- Copy of current visa (if applicable).
- A personal statement.
- Employer sponsor form, where appropriate.
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
- IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
- TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
- Duolingo English Language Test - 110 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
Pre-Sessional English programme
The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.
This course starts on 24 January 2022.
This course starts on 24 January 2022 and you will undertake a placement as part of your studies.
This course starts on 26 September 2022. For enquiries, please contact admissions.
This course starts on 26 September 2022 and you will undertake a placement as part of your studies. For enquiries, please contact admissions.
We have up-to-date IT laboratories and a usability lab with eye-tracking facilities, used to test and refine interfaces. Students also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices, and can develop apps for android devices. You will also have access to modern computer labs set up for various programming languages and using the latest design and development software, including Adobe Creative Cloud and GNS3.
We also have specialist networking labs with a wide variety of real-world networking equipment from Cisco, Fluke and HP, plus high-fidelity simulation systems, including the market-leading Opnet. You’ll use Alienware computers, and test your applications in our new device laboratory. This is a special test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces. It consists of a range of mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers. This arrangement allows you to test your website designs and apps on real equipment, ensuring they perform as expected on the target platforms.
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