Our MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist programme is a fresh take on a Masters. It’s the only degree of its kind to reflect modern business needs – laser-focused on producing digital leaders and building the in-demand tech skills your business needs for the future.

On this programme, learners will gain solid, highly practical competencies in technical leadership, business and technology. Through a range of modern, blended “high-tech, high-touch” learning modules, they’ll apply their technical and academic study through hands-on work experience to build their skills and knowledge in a well-rounded, highly practical way.

Learners will tailor their Tech Masters degree by choosing one of six specialised learning pathways:

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Data and Analytics
  3. Enterprise Architect
  4. Cyber Security
  5. IT Ops Management (Cloud Computing)
  6. IT/Digital Futures (DevOps)

This Masters degree is the product of a powerful, business-oriented partnership for learning between QA, the UK’s top tech apprenticeship provider training tomorrow’s workforce, and Northumbria University, Newcastle, a research-rich professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Bring on the tech revolution – with these skills, your business will rise to meet it.

  • Standard entry: Honours degree (2:2 or above) in an appropriate computing, technology or engineering discipline or with the appropriate aptitude for a role in technology
  • Non-standard entry with work experience: Admissions office may consider relevant qualifications and/or work experience on an individual basis if the applicant shows the potential to benefit from the programme
  • English language requirements: GCSE at Grade C or above, IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each band or equivalent and Functional Skills Level 2 in English; applicants can sit the QA Higher Education English test (60% required)
  • Maths requirements: GCSE Maths at grade C or above or equivalent (Functional Skills Level 2 is accepted as equivalent); this can be exempted by successfully passing the QA Higher Education Maths test (8 out of 15 score required)

Learners will select to specialise in one of six finely tuned specialist pathways, consisting of a mixture of common modules in technical leadership, business and technology and a variety of technical modules relating to their specialism.

The six pathway options are:

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Data and Analytics
  3. Enterprise Architect
  4. Cyber Security
  5. IT Ops Management (Cloud Computing)
  6. IT/Digital Futures (DevOps)

Pathways consist of four modules: Three core modules and one optional.

COMMON CORE MODULES

BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY

This module is designed to create in depth awareness of how tech strategy affects both the individual’s role within your organisation and the wider business ecosystem. Participants will consider specific technologies and methodologies, developing critical knowledge and skills that can subsequently be applied back into your business context.

What’s included?

  • Understanding the typology of innovation
  • Delivering workplace transformations through planning and implementing technology based business change programmes
  • How firms leverage internal and external resources to compete in the digital environment
  • Developing own leadership style and professional values that contributes to building high performing teams.

TECHNICAL AND DIGITAL LEADERSHIP

This module addresses a critical gap in the learning and career development of future leaders operating in complex technological environments.

From concept, to vision and creating influence, this module focuses on what it means to be a leader in individual roles, delving into identifying and implementing technological strategic solutions, relevant to your business.

What’s included?

  • The art and science of leading engineering and technology organisations
  • How to leverage a combination of individual capabilities, technology management practices and tools to deliver business impact and performance
  • Demonstrating leadership qualities and originality in solving problems to establish and maintain an organisation’s technical reputation
  • Acting autonomously in planning and implementing digital and technology solutions at a professional level.

MAJOR POSTGRADUATE PROJECT

This module forms part of the Degree Apprenticeship End-Point Assessment (EPA), where students will engage in a major applied research project that will consider business challenges relevant to your organisation, cutting edge research, technological advancements and how these can look to inform your future business strategy.

What’s included?

  • Conducting research and the identification of a business relevant challenge / question / hypothesis
  • Primary research, data collection, experimental design, etc. and Secondary research, literature review, further sources of information
  • Technical solution recommendation: managing the project including planning, control, risk management and obtaining appropriate ethical approval
  • Reflection on learning process and report writing

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

A key element of the learner journey towards becoming a technical specialist within this pathway is ongoing skills development.

Professional Practice modules facilitate evidencing of applied learning within the context of your business. Students identify a skills gap or business need within their organisation and undertake a recognised CPD programme to address this. Adopting reflective practice, students evidence how course learning is embedded within the organisation through development of a working portfolio, demonstrating critical analysis of how course skills, knowledge and behaviours impact their role and the wider business.

Professional Practice 1:

Identifies an initial business need and subsequent CPD programme to address this.

Professional Practice 2:

Builds of Professional Practice I to further define learner direction within their specialism.

Optional Professional Practice:

Identifies an initial business need and subsequent CPD programme to address this.

SOFTWARE ENGINEER PATHWAY

CORE MODULES (These are compulsory)

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Software Engineering Principles

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • Software life cycle models
  • Agile development
  • Continuous integration and source control
  • How to organise development projects
  • Object-oriented modelling and test-driven development

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Software Engineering professional practice 1 and 2

Credits: 20 each

For more information on professional practice please see What’s Learned.

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OPTIONAL MODULES (Pick One Module)

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Building Object Oriented Applications

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • Analysing real-world software systems challenges and development of structured solutions
  • Object oriented analysis and design methodologies
  • Graphical object orientated software modelling and associated tools
  • Classes and class hierarchies (inheritance)
  • Polymorphism

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Professional Practice

Credits: 20

For more information on professional practice please see What’s Learned.

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DATA AND ANALYTICS PATHWAY

CORE MODULES (These are compulsory)

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Data and analytics principles

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • Scalable data management architectures
  • Data driven analysis
  • Data-parallel problems in e-science
  • Patterns and technology for exploiting cloud infrastructure on data-parallel problems
  • Graph databases

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Data and Analytics Professional Practice 1 and 2

Credits: 20 each

For more information on professional practice please see What’s Learned.

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OPTIONAL MODULES (Pick One Module)

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Databases

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • Data modelling
  • Database management
  • Relational database and languages: relational algebra, transaction management and recovery
  • Concurrency and normalisation
  • How data is managed and utilised within your business

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Professional Practice

For more information on professional practice please see What’s Learned.

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CYBER SECURITY PATHWAY

CORE MODULES (These are compulsory)

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Cyber Security Principles

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • Developing security policies and network architectures
  • Strategies to minimise risks of security breaches in a range of network environments
  • Techniques to penetrate a Web application
  • Assessing different types of threat posed by different classes of hacker and malware
  • Applying the principles of key cryptography and message digests

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Cyber Security Professional Practice 1 and 2

Credits: 20 each

For more information on professional practice please see What’s Learned.

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OPTIONAL MODULES (Pick One Module)

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Technical and Network Security

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • Principles
  • Physical attacks, queries and resolvers, DNS poisoning
  • Network and port scanning
  • Network packet factory
  • Firewall and Intrusion Detection technologies
  • Web security: server side (SQL, Xpath and code injections)
  • Web security: client side (Phishing, XSS), email security, anonymity and privacy (networks), public key infrastructures (networks) and denial of service

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Professional Practice

Credits: 20

For more information on professional practice please see What’s Learned.

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ENTERPRISE ARCHITECT PATHWAY

CORE MODULES (These are compulsory)

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Enterprise Architecture Principles

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • Business resilience and requirements: Solutions and quality maintenance of agile systems development
  • Data architecture: Design and implementation of solution architecture for database administration
  • Infrastructure: Design and planning for hardware and infrastructure, considering flexibility and scalability
  • Risk assessment of IT systems: Network, digital-assets infrastructure and information security, architecture implementation, change management and organisational governance

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Enterprise Architecture Professional Practice 1 and 2

Credits: 20 each

For more information on professional practice please see What’s Learned.

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OPTIONAL MODULES (Pick One Module)

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Technical Architecture

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • End user devices, applications and databases
  • Operating systems, servers, communications infrastructure
  • Security
  • Middleware
  • Low level technical architecture including:
  1. Pipelined CPU architecture
  2. Caches: associativity, allocation and replacement policies
  3. Sub-block placement
  4. Dependence in loop-based programs: analysis, parallelisation, implementations of shared memory and Graphics processors and 'manycore' architecture

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Professional Practice

Credits: 20

For more information on professional practice please see What’s Learned.

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IT OPS MANAGEMENT (CLOUD COMPUTING) PATHWAY

CORE MODULES (These are compulsory)

Cloud Operations Principles

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • An introduction to the Cloud and Cloud Computing
  • Virtualisation at Desktop and Server levels
  • Common cloud types: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS
  • Security considerations with respect to the Cloud
  • Managing resource consumption in the Cloud
  • Storage and archiving in the Cloud and creating scalable deployments

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Cloud Operations Professional Practice 1 and 2

Credits: 20 each

For more information on professional practice, please see What’s Learned.

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OPTIONAL MODULES (Pick One Module)

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Linux, Networking and Scripting

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • What is UNIX? Origins and variants
  • Architecture and purpose, working with Linux/Unix main shell
  • BASH, navigating and managing the file system and directories, understanding the client/server nature of X Window System and X applications, editing files using vi and GUI editors
  • Using filter tools, redirection and piping techniques, basic administrative tasks, controlling processes, file systems, job scheduling, simple networking, backups and reading and writing simple BASH scripts
  • Automating networking tasks using scripting tools and languages

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Professional Practice

Credits: 20

For more information on professional practice, please see What’s Learned.

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IT / DIGITAL FUTURES (DEVOPS) PATHWAY

CORE MODULES (These are compulsory)

DevOps Principles

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • Agile and other development methodologies
  • How to reconcile demand for an increased rate of production releases from application and business unit stakeholders
  • Virtualised and cloud infrastructure from internal and external providers, data centre automation and configuration management
  • Implementing digital solutions that improve access to services as they become web-based or web-enabled, including adoption of digital tools and improved communications for stakeholders
  • Financial modelling to justify IT infrastructure investment

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DevOps Professional Practice 1 and 2

Credits: 20 each

For more information on professional practice please see What’s Learned.

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OPTIONAL MODULES (Pick One Module)

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Linux, Networking and Scripting

Credits: 20

This module covers:

  • What is UNIX? Origins and variants
  • Architecture and purpose, working with Linux/Unix main shell
  • BASH, navigating and managing the file system and directories, understanding the client/server nature of X Window System and X applications, editing files using vi and GUI editors
  • Using filter tools, redirection and piping techniques, basic administrative tasks, controlling processes, file systems, job scheduling, simple networking, backups and reading and writing simple BASH scripts
  • Automating networking tasks using scripting tools and languages

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Professional Practice

Credits: 20

For more information on professional practice please see What’s Learned.

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