Web Applications and Services

MSc, PGDip, 1-2 years, full-time

This is for you if... you want to study web technologies at an advanced level.

Course Description

The evolution of web-based technologies has now led to what is known as 'Web 2.0': a semantically enriched information source with advanced potential to provide specialised software applications 'on the fly'. A plethora of standard PC-based applications is now appearing online (calendar and diary tools, text editors, and spreadsheets, among others) that can be used in a distributed collaborative setting. Developing such applications is particularly challenging, partly due to the wide background required but also the rapid emergence of new technologies. This MSc will equip you with a sound understanding of the area and its emerging trends, while at the same time providing a very hands-on approach to current technologies.

Duration

The regular degree takes 12 months if you start in October, or 16 months if you start in January. The 'With Industry' degree takes 21 months if you start in October, or 24 months if you start in January.

NB. If you start your course in January, you will take Semester 2 before Semester 1.

The PGDip includes the same modules as the MSc but without the final project.

 

Key Facts
Start date
January and September each year
Department
Informatics
Contact

+44 (0)116 252 2265
pgadmissions@le.ac.uk

Department of Informatics website 

Why Leicester?

The Department of Informatics at Leicester is a thriving academic community with extensive experience in delivering high quality courses and undertaking pioneering research.

Most of our members of staff are actively engaged in research and are frequently guests of universities both in the UK and other countries to lecture on their work.

The Department has three Staff Student Committees - for undergraduates, postgraduates and PhDs - consisting of student representatives and members of staff. These provide a forum to discuss general issues and problems, and for staff to give feedback.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module (if you are going to take Personal and Group Skills in Semester 2) from:


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module (or two if you took Personal and Group Skills in Semester 1) from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Industry Placement (optional)

Industry Placement (optional)

Studying a 'with industry' masters degree is the perfect way for you to enhance your career prospects and deepen your understanding of your specific area of expertise. By experiencing real-world scenarios and applying your skills and knowledge to business challenges, you will gain a unique insight into how your studies can be utilised in industry. This will not only showcase your abilities to future employers, but will also enhance your studies when you return to University to complete your programme.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Individual Project

Individual Project

Your course will conclude with an individual project (after your industry placement, if you have taken one). Using the experience gained during your course/placement, you will choose a challenging problem to work on and explore it by privately studying under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. (Students studying for a PGDip don't complete a project.)

A Selection of Recent MSc Projects

Robust and Energy Efficient Wireless Sensor Networks

Wireless sensor networks are a new technology with a wide range of applications (from environment monitoring to surveillance) but subject to a number of energy constraints, many-to-one flows, and redundant low-rate data. Many routing protocols have been proposed for sensor networks that aim at achieving energy efficiency, but with little or no attention to robustness and fault-tolerance. This project addressed fault tolerance in ad-hoc sensor network routing, namely the design and development of a robust and energy efficient routing protocol that distinguishes between local and large-scale traffic. A new multipath routing protocol was proposed and simulated which follows the 'number of hops' metric and employs a waiting time before transmitting messages to sink.

XML Database for Bibliographic Information

Many people in industry and academia use a document typesetting system called LaTeX. Documents may be published in various formats including reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, authored books, and so on. BibTeX is the tool used by LaTeX for formatting lists of references that are to be incorporated within these documents. Although it is very effective, BibTeX has raised a practical concern due to its low level of abstraction, making it difficult to share bibliographic information among tools or people executing different activities (for instance, between the technical and the marketing staff within a company). In order to address this concern, this project developed an XML-based framework for managing bibliographies.

Agile Software Development of an e-Commerce Web App Using the MEAN Stack

The MEAN stack, released in October 2014, is an open-source stack for developing dynamic web applications. Using this technology a full stack e-commerce website was implemented by using JavaScript as the sole implementation language. Important design goals were the optimisation of non-functional properties, such as availability (for example, by having quick request response times) and scalability (for example, by speeding up data queries while guaranteeing data consistency). An important component of the project relied on the application of agile practices, such as behaviour-driven development and domain-driven design, to refine the specification of functional features of the system by means of fast paced scrum sprints that deliver fully working system increments. Moreover, the MEAN stack was complemented with an end-to-end test framework for AngularJS in order to automate functional and acceptance testing. The end product was acquired by a local business.

Virtual Chat Assistant

Like any large organisation, our university has a wide range of information to help you through your studies. For example - teaching timetables, the rooms and telephone numbers of staff and the number of credits for the modules you will take. This project is to provide this information through a chat interface, as text chat is now a very common way for users to interact with their devices. The challenge of this project is to create an interface that interact with users in a natural way, and integrate with various data sources so that is can answer questions such as “Tell me where the next lecture on C++ is  going to be held”.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, self-paced learning and practicals. Assessment is a mix of coursework - computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects - and exams

The compulsory 'Personal and Group Skills' module combines seminars, group discussions and collective essay writing on selected topics, as well as a series of workshops on transferable skills and career planning.

Your project and, where relevant, industry placement will be assessed separately.

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject with a substantial element of Computing. Relevant work experience may also be considered.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in January 2017

    • MSc: £7,500
    • PGDip: £7,500
    • MSc with Industry: £8,625

    Starting in September 2017 or January 2018

    • MSc: £7,500
    • PGDip: £6,000
    • MSc with Industry: £8,625

    NB. The additional fee for the 'MSc with Industry' variant is not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduated from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 and you’re planning to start this course between 1st August 2016 and 31st July 2017, you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee.

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility? (MSc and MSc with Industry only; not available for PGDip)

     

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in January 2017

    • MSc: £17,465
    • PGDip: £17,465
    • MSc with Industry: £20,085

    Starting in September 2017 or January 2018

    • MSc: £18,250
    • PGDip: £14,600
    • MSc with Industry: £20,990

    NB. The additional fee for the 'MSc with Industry' variant is not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

All our postgraduate Informatics degrees are available 'with industry': stimulating your creativity and capacity to innovate, and ensuring that you acquire key transferable skills. These courses will allow you to develop into a highly skilled professional, well versed in advanced methods and tools. Colleagues from industry participate directly in the delivery of some of the modules, including hands-on tutorials that allow you to use some of the tools and methodologies that are shaping the software development landscape.

We have an open approach to collaboration with industry. We undertake joint projects, provide consultancy services, and organise events to connect you with potential employers. We also run an Industrial Advisory Board: its members are computer scientists who hold successful careers in industry and who help us ensure that your training is industrially relevant.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Web Applications and Services MSc or PGDip 12-16 months full-time January and September each year Apply Now
Web Applications and Services with Industry MSc 21-24 months full-time January and September each year Apply Now
Course
Web Applications and Services
Qualification
MSc or PGDip
Duration
12-16 months full-time
Start Dates
January and September each year
Availability
Course
Web Applications and Services with Industry
Qualification
MSc
Duration
21-24 months full-time
Start Dates
January and September each year
Availability

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