You will need either a bachelors degree (or equivalent) in computing or a related discipline, or relevant industrial experience and also be able to demonstrate that you can study at postgraduate level. If you do not hold a degree, we would expect you to complete our Postgraduate Certificate in Computing (K22) before embarking on this postgraduate diploma.
You will gain the postgraduate diploma by studying four 30-credit modules. Each module is of six months duration. It is possible to follow one of three study routes to gain the postgraduate diploma.
For the flexible study route you can tailor your study choices to fit with your interests and study goals. We recommend that you begin with one of the modules in the first list of options. You should also be aware that some modules are intended to be studied in sequence (see specialist routes information below). We do not advise you to study the second module in the pathway until you have studied the earlier one. If you feel you already have the necessary skills to study the second module in the pathway without studying the first module, we ask that you discuss this with the programme team. Contact us by email.
For the software engineering route, you will study the two 30-credit compulsory modules, Software development (M813) and Software engineering (M814) combined with a further 60 credits of study from a choice of optional modules. You should study and pass M813 before M814, but you can study the optional modules at any time within the four-year time limit for the qualification.
For the information security and forensics route, you will study the two 30-credit compulsory modules, Information security (M811) and Digital forensics (M812) combined with a further 60 credits of study from a choice of optional modules. You should complete M811 before M812, but you can study the optional modules at any time within the four-year time limit for the qualification.
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 overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.
Time limit: You must complete the diploma within four years although we expect most students will complete the qualification more quickly than this.
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.