A postgraduate degree which allows students to gain a professional IT qualification without leaving their home or office has been launched by the University of Aberdeen.
One of the only degree programmes of its kind in the world, the MSc in Software Project Management uses virtual learning technology to enable students to study part-time from home or work.
Studies are undertaken completely online with no requirement for students to attend classes on campus.
Applications are now being accepted from both UK and international students for the course which begins in September this year.
Enabling students to undertake distance learning in order to progress their knowledge and skills is a key element of the degree.
Programme director Dr Ernesto Compatangelo, at the University of Aberdeen, said, "The MSc in Software Project Management is a unique and innovative course that uses cutting-edge web-based technologies to provide quality teaching for distance learning students.
"This virtual learning environment allows students undertaking the programme to essentially study wherever and whenever they like - be it from work, home or the other side of the world."
Following enrolment to the degree, students will be issued with a user ID and password to gain access to the learning material and course work.
"The distance learning aspect of the course is hugely beneficial. Because they are not moved away from their workplace, students can put their new-found skills into practice as they progress throughout their learning," said Compatangelo.
"This, combined with the fact that coursework assignments can be directly related to the student's work situation, means that the overall educational experience is enhanced," he said.
The full MSc takes three years to complete. There is also an option for one and two-year courses, resulting in a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate diploma respectively.
Alternatively, individual module courses are also available for those seeking to continue their professional development.