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Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses

Faculty of Technology and Environment
Liverpool John Moores University


Address James Parsons Building, Byrom Street, Liverpool L3 3AF
Tel. No. +44 (0) 151 231 2777
Fax No. +44 (0) 151 231 2879
E-mail address
Course MSc in Advanced Computer Studies
MSc in Computer Network Security
MSc in Computing and Information Systems
MSc in Wireless and Mobile Computing
Type of courses Full-time and part-time study available
Length of course 1 year full-time and 2 years part-time
Date of commencement September/ no application deadline as such but before August if possible. Computing and Information Systems also has January start, applications before December if possible.
Class size Typically 15-35
Accommodation Student accommodation available
or Phone +44 (0) 151 231 4166
Fees 2010/11 Overseas 10,750.
Home fees are 4,170
The part-time tuition fees for 2010/11 are 26.00 per credit and you would normally take 60 credits in year 1, and 120 credits in year 2, giving you a total cost of 4,680. Fees normally increase slightly each academic year.
Admission requirements For all programmes, except Computing & Information Systems applicants should normally have one of the following qualifications:
• Degree in Computing or Computing-related subject, including subjects with a significant core of computing, or
• Degree equivalent professional qualifications, or
• DipHE or HND plus a minimum of 3 years professional experience in Computing.
Students with non-standard entry qualifications are also encouraged to apply

For the Computing & Information Systems programme, applicants should normally have one of the following qualifications:
• Degree, not necessarily in Computing, or
• Degree equivalent professional qualifications, or
• DipHE or HND plus a minimum of 3 years relevant professional experience.
Students with non-standard entry qualifications are also encouraged to apply.

All International students are required to have equivalent level to that associated with IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or TOEFL 220.
Student Profile 1. Countries of origin: UK 50%, Malaysia 15%, India 10%, China 6%, Pakistan 6%, Africa 6%, others 7%
2. Ratio Men / Women: 8/1
3. Age Range: 21 to 55
4. Average Age: 28
Contact person Lucy Wilson, Admissions and Information Officer


The MSc Programmes

The range of MSc in courses at the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, is varied and up-to-date, covering all the relevant aspects in Computing, Information Systems, and Information & Communications Technology. Theoretical and practical aspects in various aspects of computing are included in the syllabuses, making our suite of MSc courses very flexible and ideally suited for those aspiring to a career in any aspect of Computing, Information Systems and Management, e-Business, Web Development and many others.

The School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences runs four Masters Degree courses which deal with advanced topics in the field of computing. These four courses have been designed to meet the needs of graduates working in, or aspiring to enter, a computing environment who wish to update and further their skills and knowledge in order to gain additional qualifications to enhance their career development and progression.

The four MSc programmes available currently are:

MSc in Advanced Computer Studies
MSc in Computer Network Security
MSc in Computing and Information Systems
MSc in Wireless and Mobile Computing

All our courses are reviewed and updated on a regular basis, ensuring that our students study a very up-to-date, relevant syllabus, with direct practical significance for their careers. Moreover, due to the high number of advanced researchers in our School, students are guaranteed to be taught by real experts in the various fields of study.

The School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

The School employs over 40 highly qualified academic staff and is supported by teams of skilled technical and administrative staff. As well as access to University-wide IT facilities, staff and students are provided with up-to-date specialist computing facilities within the School. As a student at Liverpool John Moores you will have access to a range of academic, social and welfare resources as well as to a host of activities in the city of Liverpool itself which can offer top-class theatres, bands, football teams, art galleries and night clubs. The School is proud of its growing research base and reputation and long-standing history of working with local, regional and national industries through student placement, research, consultancy, short course activity and Teaching Company schemes. The School also has a number of collaborative partnerships both locally and internationally.

At advanced level, the School has a number of research groups:

Distributed Multimedia Systems and Security, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Information Systems, Neural Computation and Statistic, and Mathematics Education. The largest group is the Distributed Multimedia Systems and Security , which focuses on a variety of areas, all centred around multimedia, networking and security. Major ongoing and recently completed projects have considered ad-hoc and peer to peer networks, networked appliances, ubiquitous computing, mobile computing and wireless sensor networks. All of these rapidly developing technologies are likely to have a major impact on future networking, especially within the home where we are likely to see major developments occurring over the next decade. We also have projects relating to distributed intrusion detection, secure component composition, digital rights management and computer forensics.

The group benefits from two dedicated research labs focusing on Networked Appliances and Network Information Security. Both providing state-of-the-art facilities, the labs support a number of projects including internationally recognised research into the deployment of unstructured services, dynamic service composition and peer-to-peer gateway technologies, routing protocols for ad-hoc networks, dynamic Bluetooth routing to replace network infrastructure during emergency situations, Bluetooth WLAN bridging and denial of service and intrusion detection and prevention systems.

Distributed multimedia applications, services and security pose challenging design and implementation problems requiring imaginative and exciting solutions, and which the group is committed to pursuing. Commercial interest in the area is growing very rapidly due to its huge market potential; a fact reflected in the successful partnerships fostered by the group and the annual PGNet and ACSF conferences that attract speakers from both academia and industry.

The other groups are equally active and highly regarded in the research community. Together, they ensure that the School has a vibrant and diverse environment where advanced learning is strongly supported and encouraged.

Liverpool John Moores University

• Founded in 1825, LJMU is now the 15th largest university in the UK with over 24,000 students in Liverpool and internationally plus 2,500 staff.

• LJMU has annual turnover of more than 110m per year and injects more than 250m into the economy of Liverpool each year.

Teaching and learning

LJMU has led the way in developing some of the UK’s most innovative vocational degrees. For example, we pioneered the development of computer games degrees and were also the first university in the country to give journalism students the chance to use industry-standard electronic news production systems.

Research and development

• LJMU is one of the most successful new universities for research and enterprise and LJMU is expected to double its research income to 15m pa over the next five years

• LJMU has reached an international standard for research in general engineering with increasing prominence in electrical/electronic, aeronautical, mechanical and manufacturing engineering

• LJMU is also the UK’s lead university for HEFCE-funding in emerging research disciplines: art and design, nursing, social work, and communication, media and cultural studies

• External research funding, from sources such as our industrial partners, the Welcome Foundation and research councils, including the BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, PPARC and NERC, has increased by 86 per cent since 2000-01.

Enterprise activities

• The University currently supports around 10 start up and spin out companies every year and these companies enjoy four times the survival rate and employ twice as many employees as the national average for new start-ups.

• Invention disclosures and patents are also on the increase, with over 70 registered in 2005.

• Thanks to our ESF-funded Student Enterprise Project, we are helping talented students develop their entrepreneurial potential and put their business ideas into practice. Ten student companies have already been launched, with a further 300 students on enterprise programmes.

• Student expertise is also central to the Business Bridge venture, which in 10 years has arranged around 9000 placements in over 2000 SMEs, worth an estimated 1.5 million in student earnings.

Queen’s Anniversary Prize

• LJMU is the designer, manufacturer and operator of the World’s largest robotic astronomical telescope (85 feet tall, 25 tons, and with a 2m diameter precision mirror) (Guinness Book of Records)

• LJMU received a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of our astronomical excellence and for developing the world’s largest and most sophisticated ground-based robotic telescopes. These are now opening up new areas of research for professional astronomers.

• The prize also relates to our creative application of this technology not only as part of LJMU’s innovative undergraduate programmes and distance learning courses, but because we are using it to reveal the wonders of science to school children around the UK through our National Schools’ Observatory.

Campus developments and facilities

Over the next 10 years, the University will invest around 100 million in campus developments creating learning environments spanning all disciplines that stimulate creativity, entrepreneurialism and innovation.


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