100% Online MSc Computer Science and International Business
At a glance
Duration: Minimum 12 months, maximum 5 years.
Delivery Method: 100% online via OnlineCampus (an interactive online learning environment) with intensive class discussion and collaboration.
Today’s world is dominated by technology and the shift towards connecting objects, processes and people is at an all-time high. The key drivers for these changes have been the wide adoption of computing systems and the wide spread of the Internet.
As prices for technology have gone down with the spread of adoption, computers and networks have crept into all aspects of everyday life, be it at home or at work, creating a high demand of people that possess skills and knowledge required to drive businesses into the future. At the same time the Internet has opened global markets to even the smallest companies.
The MSc Computer Science and International Business seeks to provide students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding on how business merges with technology, offering a blend of computer science subjects and core business topics. Digital Marketing, Leadership and Sustainability and International Marketing and Business Environment modules offer insights into the core business areas of running a business while Information Management, Advanced Databases and Internet of Things provide students with exposure to computer systems’ fundamentals.
University of Cumbria
This programme is offered in exclusive partnership with the University of Cumbria.
The University of Cumbria received the University title and degree awarding powers by Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council in 2007.
The University is fully recognised by the British Government and duly listed on the United Kingdom’s Department for Education list of recognised UK awarding institutions. You can verify their official University status directly at the UK Government Website.
After successfully completing your studies online at Robert Kennedy College you will receive an Internationally recognised British degree from the University of Cumbria.
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the formal entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The formal entry requirements are:
An honours degree at 2:2 or above.
English language at IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component).
Applications are considered from candidates who do not meet the formal entry requirements but can provide evidence of equivalence.
Examples of equivalence are:
A wide range of professional qualifications and/or work experience.
Working or studying in English or an English-speaking environment.
Applications will be considered from candidates who do not meet the formal entry requirements but who can demonstrate by interview the commitment to complete the programme successfully.
Due to the fast-track nature of the programme and international audience, APL would not be possible.
The scheme has been designed to meet the aims of the online MSc in a flexible manner and can be tailored to the individual preferences of each student. The MSc requires you to complete four courses plus a final dissertation. The programme consists of the following modules:
This is the first module of the programme which gives an orientation to the course and the online learning style. It does not carry credits, and students are encouraged to go through the material in this module at their own pace and get accustomed to the online medium.
120 credits - Six taught modules
- Information Management
- Digital Marketing
- Advanced Databases
- Internet of Things
- Leadership and Sustainability
Choose one of the following modules:
- Corporate Strategy and Competitiveness
- International Marketing and Business Environment
60 credits - Individual dissertation
Research Methods Live Class
- A conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, consisting of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.
12,000 CHF (Swiss Francs). This fee includes library access, OnlineCampus access, graduation fees, and University matriculation fees. Fees are payable in interest free instalments, however, the programme is not eligible for the UK Government student finance.
There are no average courses within our MSc programme. We are bound to provide an exceptional learning experience, and there is no better way to achieve this aim than with outstanding courses. They have been carefully crafted by experienced professors and are all meant to make you a more successful and efficient manager.
There are no old-fashioned exams. Instead you are given real-life case studies and essays, which allow you to think critically about your company and your own career. All this might seem too glossy but there is one catch: we do not accept average candidates. Only individuals as outstanding as our values can find their way toward admission at the Robert Kennedy College.
A not-for-credit induction module will be the starting point of the programme. The induction process is designed to familiarise you with the programme design, requirements and resources, as well as with the way online interaction, learning and grading will take place. After the induction you should be familiar with academic life, including academic writing, library services and library access, OnlineCampus access, and academic support services.
This module enables you to develop a conceptual and comprehensive understanding of the manager's role in relation to the leading of the effective management and use of information, information technology and information systems and to apply these within both organisational and strategic contexts.
The primary aim of this module is to provide the student with a deep understanding of the issues facing digital marketing managers, by examining the strategically significant issues facing e-commerce such as environment and online marketplace, consumer behaviour and digital influence. The aim is to actively develop students’ knowledge of key marketing and digital marketing theories and apply this knowledge to strategic issues based on current research and industry practice, and facilitate the effective strategic decision making of a digital marketing professional.
Internet of Things
IoT, short for Internet of Things, is the ever-growing network of objects that use their data transmission capabilities to communicate with other devices over the Internet. This promises to create new business models, improve business processes and reduce costs and risks. The aim of this module is to critically explore the range of concepts and functions employed by IoT technologies while evaluating the efficiency and correctness of the applications of such designs.
Leadership and Sustainability
The aim of this module is to examine the nature of leadership, and in particular its role in the development of sustainable business and business practices. Students will analyse and evaluate sustainable practice in selected sectors and the potential for implementing sustainable business practices, and evaluate the personal relevance of and implications for leading sustainable change in business.
The aim of this module is to critically explore the range of concepts and functions of database systems and data management, the fundamental concepts and essentials of the mechanisms that are used in both high-performance transaction processing systems (OLTP) and large-scale analytical systems (OLAP), evaluating both efficiency and correctness of the applications of these designs.
Corporate Strategy and Competitiveness Elective module
This module aims to introduce students to the importance of competitiveness to firms, regions and countries, as a means of improving wealth. Students will learn how to use various models for strategy development for institutions, and tools for improving their competitiveness, applying theories developed by Professor Michael E. Porter at Harvard Business School.
International Marketing and Business Environment Elective module
You will reinvent the airline business, redefine the boundaries of retailing, manage the sales of an online computer mega-store, and learn how to focus on your customer. Seems like a bold prediction, but it is it is just the content of the International Marketing and Business Environment module. The module aims to develop your ability in applying knowledge and understanding of marketing issues in a range of international business contexts and to enable you to evaluate marketing practice to be effective in dealing with marketing professionals in context. Furthermore, it will prepare you for and/or build on a career in business or business research by developing marketing skills and enhancing lifelong learning skills.