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UK eUniversities, a government-backed company that provides online degrees from UK colleges to students worldwide, is to offer an online MSc in computer science from the University of Hertfordshire.
The MSc in computer science will be available from September 2003 and will run on the UKeU platform. The programme is based on distance-learning courses that have been running at the University of Hertfordshire over the past four years.
The course is intended for graduates of disciplines other than computer science. Designed to be both vocational and academic, the programme is divided into core courses, an elective programme and a major project.
The core courses include an introduction to computing environments, computation, programming and program design, systems modelling and object-oriented modelling with UML.
The elective courses include open systems and networks, databases, artificial intelligence, user-centred design and intelligent internet environments.
John Beaumont, chief executive of UKeU, said, "We are delighted to be working with the University of Hertfordshire on this new online MSc. The university was among the first British higher education institutions to offer degrees in computer science, and it is committed to providing programmes of an exceptionally high standard.
"The department of computer science has an excellent reputation for teaching and research. We believe that this course will be particularly attractive to overseas students."
Jill Hewitt, head of the computer science department at the University of Hertfordshire, said, "Our computing courses are among the best to be found in any UK university. All the staff are keen to be involved and build upon their experience of e-learning.
"As this is a conversion MSc open to graduates in any discipline, the target market is very broad and encompasses people looking for a career change. The career opportunities are good and graduates from Hertfordshire are typically employed as computing personnel in industry or commerce, as researchers in computer science or as teachers of computing in secondary, further or higher education."
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