Information Technology MSc

MSc Information Technology

Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. The awards cover all tuition costs; for further information, please see: funded places.

The Masters in Information Technology is an intensive, practically oriented taught postgraduate programme which will equip you with advanced IT skills. You will apply your knowledge and skills by conducting a development project.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • The University of Glasgow’s School of Computing Science is consistently highly ranked achieving 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2014)
  • With a 97% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Computing Science continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
  • The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.
  • You will have opportunities to meet employers who come to make recruitment presentations, and often seek to recruit our graduates during the programme.
  • You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Information Technology include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

  • Database theory and applications
  • Programming
  • Software engineering
  • Software project management
  • Systems and networks
  • Group project.

Plus one of the following specialist courses:

  • Enterprise computing
  • Human-centred security.

Optional courses

  • Advanced programming
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Cyber security
  • Digitisation
  • Human computer interaction: design and evaluation
  • Internet technology
  • Safety critical systems.

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.

If you wish to engage in part-time study, please be aware that dependent upon your optional taught courses, you may still be expected to be on campus on most week days.


  • To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. This is a project chosen by you to design, implement, and test an application system.
  • The project will integrate subject knowledge and generic skills that you acquire during the MSc program.
  • We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.
  • You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.

Example projects

Here are some typical project titles from recent years:

  • Augmented reality iPhone application
  • Comparison of matching methods for medical students
  • Developing a mobile chess game using Bluetooth
  • Drawing editor for digital hardware diagrams
  • Economic video game
  • Gesture media player
  • Improving the facial analysis tool for clinical use
  • Mind games: Othello
  • Multimodal simulation of string instrument bowing
  • System to support real estate valuation
  • Tactile navigation system
  • Tactile widgets for mobile devices
  • Touchscreen accessibility
  • Using light for input
  • Web-based data miner
  • Web-based metabolomics database

Furthermore for students hoping to continue into research, we have seven major research groups: computer vision and graphics; embedded, networked, and distributed systems; formal analysis, theory, and algorithms; human computer interaction; inference, dynamics, and interaction; information retrieval; software engineering and information security. Most MSc students choose projects offered by these groups, giving them an opportunity to go on to PhD study. You can find details of our research here.


MSc Information Technology is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Our conversion MSc graduates in Information Technology and Software Development are recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS), The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP Partial Fulfilment).


Industry links and employability

  • The School of Computing Science has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion. Recent contributors include representatives from IBM, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Adobe and Red Hat.
  • Employers are interested in graduates who have a combination of good technical skills and well-developed personal skills, and in this respect graduates of the MSc in Information Technology from the University of Glasgow are particularly well placed.
  • During the programme students have an opportunity to develop and practice relevant professional and transferrable skills, and to meet and learn from employers about working in the IT industry. 

What our students say

Below are testimonials from some of our recent graduates:

“I got both my BSc (1986) and PhD (2000) degrees in Physics from the University of Craiova, Romania. My goal was to change my career to the human–computer interaction field. There were four reasons for which I chose the University of Glasgow: its reputation, the centre of research in human–computer interaction, the conversion masters programme in IT and its wheelchair accessibility. I enjoyed the programme very much due to the great lectures, tutorials and laboratories, but more for the variety of the well-designed assessments which helped me acquire effective software development and team communication skills. My project was a study into the possibility of using very short tactons (structured, abstract, tactile messages which can encode and transmit information through the touch sense) to indicate the proximity of different contacts and to get information about the presence of an individual at a specific location. A short paper based on this research has been presented at HCI 2010 and published by ACM Press. Presently, I am a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics.”

Aurora Constantin, former MSc Information Technology student, University of Glasgow. Aurora is currently studying a PhD in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

“My first degree was in Pure Mathematics at Glasgow University. I looked at several universities who offered an MSc Information Technology (or similar); I chose Glasgow University due to my knowledge of the substantial facilities and excellent teaching staff. Though the MSc course was demanding, I found it extremely rewarding. I particularly enjoyed the range of subjects taught within the course. My project involved implementing and comparing steganography algorithms; I developed software which could hide any type of file (e.g. an mp3 file, or a text document) in an image file without the results being noticeable to the human eye. It was during the second term in the “Security & cryptography” course that I rediscovered my passion for security and indeed for learning. As a result of this, I am now pursuing a PhD at Glasgow University on the security of graphical passwords.”

Rosanne English, former MSc Information Technology student, University of Glasgow. Rosanne is currently studying a PhD at the University of Glasgow.

“I finished BSc in Computer Engineering Hardware in Iran, 2007. Having a structured MSc programme has enhanced my learning. During my masters degree, I felt passionate about the course “Systems and networks”, and decided to pursue this topic after graduation. My project involved adding extensions to a non-pipelined architecture. The aim of this project was to modify a circuit design and adding some extensions to it. After my experience of research during my MSc, I felt that I really wanted to try research at a higher level, therefore I decided to do a PhD that involves accelerating circuit simulation. I was made welcome from my first day here, and I've made friends from all backgrounds and from around the world. Studying in Glasgow University for four years was one of the most enjoyable experiences in my life, and I have made significant achievements not only in the research area but also in my personal life. I have struggled but enjoyed adapting my life culturally, professionally and socially. Glasgow is a lovely city with friendly people. The architecture and scenery never fail to impress and are the perfect antidote to a busy day. I loved my time in Glasgow for both social and work reasons.”

Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, former MSc and PhD student in the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow.

“I got my first degree from the Technical University of Crete, in Production Engineering. I chose Glasgow because the Department of Computing Science is one of the top-ranked departments in the UK, with an excellent curriculum, research record and a rich history. The best part of my MSc programme was the interaction with my tutors; all of them where highly qualified and extremely helpful – I feel very privileged for the opportunity to work with them. My MSc project was on developing fast machine learning algorithms for classification tasks. This work was later published at the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks journal. I am currently conducting my PhD at the University of Oxford, with a scholarship from Microsoft Research. My research focus is on studying complex biological networks using methodologies from statistical inference.”

Ioannis Psorakis, former MSc Information Technology student, University of Glasgow. Ioannis is currently studying a PhD at the University of Oxford.

“My first degree was BSc Psychology & Physiology at Glasgow University. I chose the MSc Information Technology at Glasgow because I expected to learn a lot through the course as it sounded challenging. The course does not assume any previous programming experience, gives you a grounding in programming and software development concepts, and provides an overview of computer systems and how they work. For me, the impact of the heavy workload was lessened by the lecturers' approachability and collaboration among course mates. My project involved building a mobile phone application which can detect muscle tremor in order to determine if a person is holding the phone in his or her hand. I'm currently a PhD candidate in the Inference, Dynamics & Interaction group (still at the University of Glasgow), where my aim is to improve existing brain-computer interfaces for people with severe physical disabilities.”

Melissa Quek, former MSc Information Technology student, University of Glasgow. Melissa is currently studying a PhD at the University of Glasgow.

“My first degree was a BS in Finance, at the University of San Francisco. I came to Glasgow because I was looking for a business to technology masters conversion degree and I wanted to study in Europe. The University of Glasgow has a highly ranked computer science department and a very interesting MSc IT program. Glasgow is a wonderful city with great people, culture and history. I liked the fact that the programme gave me an excellent high level overview of many software development topics – from quality assurance to project management to web development. This allows the MSc IT graduate to figure out what part of the IT field fits them best and what interests them more. My project was an economic simulator game written in Java. I am now a QA engineer for a startup in San Francisco, hoping to move on to a product manager role.”

Oleg Zhoglo, former MSc Information Technology student, University of Glasgow. Oleg is currently a QA engineer for a start-up in San Francisco.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2016

A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree of equivalent (eg GPA 3.0 or equivalent) in a subject other than computing science.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016-17


Home and EU
Full time fee£6950
Part time 20 credits£772
Full time fee£18900


Home and EU
Full time fee£4633
Part time 20 credits£772
Full time fee£12600

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only


The University requires a deposit of £1000 to be paid by International (beyond the EU) applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme.

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

BCS Accredited DegreeFormer students are now employed in the chemical, electronics, travel, food, and oil industries, in banking and insurance, in software houses, in retailing, in education, in the health service, in management consultancy, in civil engineering, and in other sectors. Some graduates apply their newly-acquired IT skills within their existing careers, or move into research or teaching.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:
Programmer at Ciber
IT Software Developer at Lockheed Martin (Amor Group Ltd)
Web Developer at Emerald Design
Web and Mobile Developer at SwarmOnline Ltd
Technical Consultant at Kana Verint
Project Manager at Equator
IT Consultant at Agile Solutions
Business Analyst at Reply Ltd
Analyst at Agile Solutions (GB) Ltd
Developer at SwarmOnline
Associate Software Engineer at Moody’s
Technical Analyst at QueryClick
Graduate Applications Developer at Baillie Gifford
Junior Software Developer at TBR Global
Junior Developer at OLM Group
Graduate Digital Developer at Tesco Bank
Process Development Trainee at Elaine’s Vehicles
Associate Software Engineering at KANA Software
Graduate Developer at V.Ships Crewing
Software Developer at SEEMiS Group LLP
Application Developer at JP Morgan
Technical Graduate Trainee at Fujitsu.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 22 July 2016 
  • UK and EU applications: 26 August 2016

Classes start September 2016 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

Please note: applications for SFC funded places are open for entry in September 2016.

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