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MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (Software Engineering or Data Analytics)

Masters degree apprenticeship

Student and tutor examining code on computer screenFast track your career by studying for a specialist postgraduate qualification while earning and applying your learning on-the-job.

How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is January 2021

The course normally takes 2 years part-time – then you'll complete an endpoint assessment within a further 6 months.

1. Course summary

  • Develop and deliver complex software solutions with contemporary tools.
  • Design secure and scalable services for web, mobile, PC and mainframe platforms.
  • Gain a masters degree to demonstrate your skills and develop your career further.
  • Choose either the Software Engineering or Data Analytics pathway.

This course is suitable whether you'd like to formalise your experience with a postgraduate qualification, or if you'd like to upskill or cross skill into a new area. 78% of UK business leaders and IT executives have suggested that a shortage of digital skills were holding their firm back (Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers), so gaining a masters qualification will be a valuable advantage in such a fast-moving profession.

2. How you learn

You'll accelerate your technical proficiency while developing team-building, leadership and management abilities. You'll develop your abilities to architect, build and support leading edge concurrent software platforms, while proving your skills by managing the quality of deliverables of a software development team.

You learn through • work-based projects • taught modules • evaluating technology designs • software development tasks • team management • an end-point assessment

3. Where you'll study

You'll study at City Campus, with industry standard computing packages, tools and hardware – plus a specialist networking lab for laboratory exercises and individual project work.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications as well

The usual entry requirements are a BSc (Hons) degree, graded at 2:1 or above.

5. Modules

You'll take modules in • designing and developing software applications • software engineering practices • data analytics tools and techniques • advanced data management project • managing people, projects and teams • advanced practitioner inquiry • consultancy project

6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.

How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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