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Why study Computing at Sussex?

  • Computing at Sussex offers excellent teaching and facilities and was ranked in the top 25 in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2015.
  • Sussex is a leading centre for teaching and research in many aspects of computing, including computer science, digital media, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence and cognitive science.

The Pre-Masters in Computing is offered as a full-time two semester or one semester course. The Two semester course is suitable for students with the equivalent of IELTS 5.5 each academic year. The one semester course is suitable for students with the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or above. 

The table below highlights the different modules in each semester:

2 Semester course

Core Modules Subject Specific Modules
Semester 1 English and Skills for University Study 1 (ESUS 1) Business Environment
Academic and Employability Skills for Management and Finance Introduction to Programming
Semester 2 English and Skills for University Study 2 (ESUS 2) Organisational Behaviour and Operations Management
Research Skills for Computing Database Design

1 Semester course

Core Modules Subject-specific Modules
Semester 2 English and Skills for University Study 2 (ESUS 2) Introduction to Programming
Organisational Behaviour and Operations Management
Research Skills for Computing Database Design

Module information

English and Skills for University Study 1 and 2
Over these two modules, you will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback. When you have completed these modules, you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to give presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions.

Academic and Employability Skills for Management and Finance
The aim of this module is to develop your academic skills to enable you to produce researched competent work of a level 5 standard. This encompasses communication skills (writing, speaking, listening, and reading), reasoning and critical thinking skills and research methodologies. 

Business Environment
The core aim of the module is to enable you to develop a clear understanding of what a modern day business environment comprises of, how different actors and institutions act and react in a globalised world taking examples of leading businesses (both success and failure cases) across countries.

Introduction to Programming
This module provides an intensive introduction to Object-Oriented Programming using Java. It takes an ‘Objects Early’ approach and covers Objects, Classes, Polymorphism, Inheritance and Encapsulation. Basic control structures namely sequence, selection and iterative structures are introduced as part of writing the methods for a class. Important Software Engineering techniques for Information Hiding, Low Coupling, and High Cohesion are also explored as part of writing high quality code. 

Database Design and E-Commerce
This module provides you with a rigorous introduction to Database Systems from the point of view of the database designer, user, and application programmer. It explores relational model including the study of functional dependencies and normalisation. 

Organisational Behaviour and Operations Management
The central aim of this module is to introduce the broad concepts of organisational structure, leadership, culture, understanding teams and groups, recruitment and selection in organisations with a strong focus on the underlying theoretical underpinnings of the same

Research Skills for Computing
The aim of this module is to introduce and develop the skills relating to research and writing a literature review. It will be based around lecture input and independent study. This will provide the opportunity for you to work with an individual supervisor for guidance. The module will offer you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the process of research, as well as providing experience in summarising and synthesising relevant literature.

Leading to degrees in...

Pre-Masters in Computing can lead to of one of the following postgraduate degrees, subject to meeting the grades outlined below:

Degree Programmes Award English Grade Semester 1 Semester 2
Computing with Digital Media MSc 60% 50% 60%
Human-Computer Interaction MSc 60% 50% 60%
Information Technology with Business and Management MSc 60% 50% 60%
Intelligent Systems MSc 60% 50% 60%
Management of Information Technology MSc 60% 50% 60%
These degrees and grades are subject to change.

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Semester dates

January 2017 start:

Term 1: 
16/01/2017 - 21/04/2017
Term 2: 
08/05/2017 - 11/08/2107

Please note: not all routes are available at each start date. See the Study plan options.

Need to improve your English?

At the ISC we offer a range of courses to help you improve your English language skills. Our English Language Programme and English for Pre-Masters courses start in June and September.