Postgraduate Diploma in Computing for Commerce and Industry
Please note that this qualification is only available until 31 December 2016. In order to claim this qualification you must have completed the required 120 credits by this time. This qualification is not available to new students.
If you have any questions about your eligibility for this qualification please contact the Qualifications and Ceremonies Centre on +44 (0)1908 653003 or by email.
If you are a new student please note a new programme of postgraduate computing qualifications is available to study from November 2013.
Information technology is the key source of competitiveness for all sectors: it can open new markets, increase performance and drive productivity. Increasingly, professionals in industry are expected to have a broad range of information technology and business skills. They are also expected to cope with the challenges posed by the latest trends in the software industry, such as remote and collaborative working, standardisation of technologies, and outsourcing.
We offer a range of postgraduate and post-experience modules with case-study-driven learning, which provide extensible knowledge that can be applied to lead technological and organisational change in the business environment. The modules can be studied on their own as part of a personal programme of professional updating, or as building blocks towards a postgraduate diploma course and then an MSc degree.
This diploma course is the broadest in our programme, you can choose modules from across the range of computing topics and may also include a module from The Open University Business School or technology management postgraduate programmes. This is a qualification for the generalist or non-standard specialist, where specific job functions demand a range of skills and knowledge, and where our modules can extend and deepen your knowledge.
Planning your studies
There are no entry requirements for the diploma modules, but you must be suitably prepared for study at professional level. You are expected to have studied to at least HNC/HND level, or to have had equivalent practical experience. Individual module descriptions will tell you more about the requirements.
Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 6 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.
There are no compulsory modules and you can take your chosen modules in any order. We recommend that you start with only one module in the first six-month study period. After this you will have a clearer understanding of the demands that study will make on you, and can decide whether you wish to take more than one module at a time. If you find that you have time to study modules totalling 30 credits in every study period, you can obtain a diploma in two years.
All postgraduate computing diploma modules (codes beginning with ‘M’) and some of the technology modules (codes beginning with ‘T’) are available with electronic submission and marking of assignments and so can be studied anywhere in the world. You should check the availability of the modules in this diploma you would like to study if you are studying outside the EU.
We are currently reviewing our postgraduate computing programme which will include making changes to the selection of modules available. If there are specific modules that you are keen to study we recommend that you take these as early as possible in your study programme. Modules can count towards this diploma for a maximum of eight years after we have stopped presenting them.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 40 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.
Career relevance and employability
Nearly 20,000 students from over 7000 organisations have experienced for themselves how modules from our programme can improve their personal effectiveness and increase the performance and competitiveness of their employers.
The modules are designed for practising professionals and managers in the fields of computing, manufacturing engineering and related services, who need to update or extend their skills and knowledge in specific areas, allowing them to gain recognised qualifications to develop their careers.
BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT offers exemption from some of its membership requirements for holders of an appropriate MSc in computing from The Open University. For more details view or download our Recognition leaflet 3.7 Computing. BCS regulations are on their website.
There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.
For this 120-credit postgraduate diploma, you require:
90 credits from the following optional modules:
Subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules M865, M873, M874, M877, M879, M880, M881, M882, M886, M887, M889, M891, T822, T823
And another 30 credits chosen either from the above list or from these modules:
Subject to rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules B700*, B713*, B822, B823, BZX700*, BZX713*, BZX822, BZX823, T833, T834, T835, T837, T850, T851,T852, T853, T862, T881, T882
* 60-credit module but counts as only 30 credits towards this diploma
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us.
Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.
On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing for Commerce and Industry entitling you to use the letters PGD CCI (Open) after your name.
If you obtain 60 credits or more at distinction grade you will qualify for the award of the diploma with Distinction.
Once you have completed the postgraduate diploma, you can gain the MSc in Computing for Commerce and Industry (F05) by taking a 60-credit research project in a topic related to your work or interests.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.
How to register
If you want to study for this qualification, read the description and check you meet any specific requirements (for example, some of
our qualifications, require you to be working in a particular environment, or be sponsored by your employer). Then select the
module you wish to study first and ensure it is suitable for you before following the registration procedure for that module.
During the registration procedure you will be asked to declare which qualification you are studying towards.
See a full list of modules available for this qualification