School of IT

University of Derby UK Programmes:

BSc in Information Technology (Top Up)

About the Programme: 

The programme is intended for students who have already completed a sub-degree programme, such as a Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or equivalent, and who wish to further their studies to obtain the undergraduate degree in IT with Honours.

Why choose this course:

International curriculum _ updated with the present world dynamics and changes in information technology.

The BSc (Hons) Information Technology covers two key themes:

  • Data Analysis, Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • UX (User Experience) and User Centred design

These themes are supported and enhanced as you study a range of closely related computing and business topics.

The course captures how our modern global society and the developing world are increasingly reliant on IT products and services. Mass-market consumer products, such as smart and mobile devices, are harnessing the almost seamless integration of small, portable, easy-to-use IoT devices with access to the World Wide Web and wireless communication technology. This ensures access to vast quantities of information almost anywhere – and the ‘Big Data’ generated by the use of such products can be exploited to help make sound business decisions and to contribute to wider public benefit.

You will develop your skills further so that you can critically evaluate and challenge concepts and ideas. You will also extend your expertise with modern leading analysis tools such as R, Python, Watson Analytics, SAS JMP and Tableau. In addition, you will conduct a major piece of research on a theme of your own choosing for your Independent Study.

How you’ll learn:

Most modules will feature the usual structure of theoretical lectures followed by the practical demonstration. A mix of lectures, tutorials, guided reading, practical sessions in the computer lab, group and individual work, debates, seminars and presentations are used in curriculum administration. University of Derby, UK faculty members join the local faculty in deliberation through the occasional visit and skype session during the semester. Certain modules also feature guest speaker sessions conducted by specialists and practitioners and, where appropriate, local industry visits.

A key feature of the course is that you will gain valuable experience of designing IT products and services that address ‘real world’ business problems. For example, many in-class exercises and more formal assessments are based around real world case studies and projects.

You will study in our state-of-the-art facilities including our dedicated computing labs. In addition, you will develop expertise in tools that are widely used in industry, such as SAS, R, SAS JMP, Watson Analytics, Python and Tableau for data analysis.

A wide range of feedback and assessment methods is used throughout this course, from short exercises in computer labs to writing a dissertation for your Final Year Independent Studies project. Assessment is done through a mix of coursework, presentation, poster design, examinations etc.

You will also submit short research papers, take computer-based tests, produce presentations of your work and provide portfolios documenting the design and implementation of IT products and services.

Entry requirements:

Applicants whose first language is no English will be expected to provide evidence of competence in spoken and written English, as well as evidence of appropriate reading and listening skills. This will normally equate to an I.E.L.T.S. score of 6.0 or equivalent.

Duration:  One Year

Mode of study: Full-time

Edexcel International, UK Programme: 

Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing Systems Development: 

The Edexcel BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing offers a progression route for learners to gain entry in the IT and computing sector. The courses are designed specifically for students to develop their academic and practical skills on programming, advanced programming, database management, information systems & security management, web design & development, networking, software engineering, data analytics, network security, business intelligence, project management and computing research project. After successful completion of HND in Computer will receive the certificate from Edexcel and may enrol in the final year top-up program of BSc in IT at the University of Derby at BAC or may transfer to other universities overseas for graduation.

Entry requirements: 

HSC/A Level/ND

Duration:  2 years

Mode of study:  Full time