For junior-level employees or recent graduates: a good second-class honours BSc degree (or qualification of equivalent standard recognised by the University) in a subject with a substantial element of Computing.
For IT professionals, applications will take into account your number of years of experience. Please ensure that you include with your application detailed information about your software development roles and knowledge of programming languages you have used.
If you do not meet these standard entry requirements, please include with your application detailed information about your software development roles and knowledge of programming languages you have used.
You will need to be familiar with object-oriented programming languages such as Java before joining this course. If you have experience in using object-oriented programming but not specifically Java, you will need to complete some study of Java using online resources before the course starts. We can provide advice and recommend resources.
Accreditation of prior learning
Upgrading from CPD
If you have have taken CPD modules (and taken the exam in those modules) you will be eligible for later accreditation of the credits gained towards a PGCert or MSc. We will only allow students to include credits of modules that they have gained in the last two years before formally applying for a PGCert or MSc. The credit transfer is only applicable to CPD modules studied at the University of Leicester and that form part of the PGCert or MSc programme for which you are applying.
Upgrading from PGCert to MSc
If you are registered on a PGCert programme, you can upgrade to study for an MSc at any time during your studies. Upgrading will not be possible after completion of the study for PGCert. There might also be constraints on which MSc programme a student can upgrade to, as the student will need to cover all core modules of the MSc programme to satisfy regulations (the MSc in Advanced Computer Science has no specific core modules, so this will always be an upgrade option).
The time that you have already spent studying for the PGCert will be deducted from the duration of the MSc course. We will let you know your remaining study period when you are accepted onto the MSc.
Please note that, as a general rule, we do not accept APL from courses studied at other institutions.