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BSc Interactive Digital Technologies is a new course that combines a range of disciplines including computer animation, games development, mobile applications, interactive platforms and web development. The course examines both the design and programming aspect of these topics. We have a dedicated suite of 'Games and Animation' computer labs at Luton that you will use exclusively with the BSc Games Development course for teaching and practical sessions. These labs are well specified with the latest hardware and software.
We have relationships with local institutions and businesses that are feeding into 'live briefs'- projects that you will work on for a real client and have the potential to be shown in public on completion - This gives real work experience and opportunities for further enterprise. Also we arrange for guest lectures and speakers to come and present to you - a range of experts from games, internet and animation technology companies have visited the department over the previous years.
In the final year students create an individual 'Degree Project', and this gives you the opportunity to create an individual digital technology-based work that will enable you to display individual strengths for your portfolio and target potential employers or further research study, choosing from the major course topics. See example projects from recent graduates:
You have the opportunity to take a trip to one of our partner Universities in China – this year you could visit Beijing, Guangzhou and Nanjing. You will be qualified for jobs like this one:
Source – monster.co.uk search for "entry level network engineer" – July 2014
You will focus on the technical aspects of network design, systems administration, maintenance and management, as well as how they can be applied in modern technologies. By studying this course, you'll develop the required skills to implement computer network infrastructures in all sectors of the community. The course is employment focused and you will gain the knowledge and skills to gain employment in several positions such as Helpdesk and support engineers, Network systems engineering, Network / systems administrators, Project managers, network security specialist etc. You could earn an initial salary in the range of £25-28k per annum.
Business Information Systems is an exciting subject choice for you if you enjoy problem solving at the intersection of business and IT. You will gain analytical and critical thinking skills in business and IT, a professional understanding of business environments and operations as well as familiarity with cutting edge information systems and current industrial standards for business applications. Your studies will prepare you for a career as Business Analyst, Business Application Developer, Information Systems Manager, IT Project Manager, IT Consultant or IT/Business Lecturer. You will be able to conduct further Computing and Information Systems related postgraduate studies. In your final year you could work on 'real life' problems for companies such as MKEA or Heathrow Airport. You will learn from our inspirational staff who will help you to get the best possible student experience, giving you the cultural capital you can take out to the world.
You will explore not only traditional construction, but the environmentally friendly sustainable construction and science behind it all as well. Design is all about the knowledge and implementation of Technology and this is the focus of this course. The staff are active in industry and are informed of the requirements as well as being instrumental in the introduction of change. The theory of this course is supported by real projects ranging from small extensions and retrofit to the Earthship project and Eco House design.
"I thought I should update you on my job situation...after going through the interview and recruitment processes, assessment days and testing, I was shortlisted from 1233 applicants for the trainee management scheme, I made it through to second interviews where I was offered the job!! Thank you so much for supporting me throughout my degree."
BSc (Hons) Computer Science gives you the full breadth of modern computational technology. You get a deep understanding of everyday applications from social media to online banking, and you will learn to write your own applications and services. Joining this course takes you on a journey from the fundamentals such as logic and hardware, data and networks in the first year to the specialist subject knowledge – such as artificial intelligence and data security – in the second year. In your final year projects (one individual and one as part of a small team of about six people) you will then apply your knowledge by developing a software application of your own choice, guided by a dedicated supervisor and often in partnership with an external company.
Graduates of the course often continue on a postgraduate Masters in a specialist area or enter employment as Software Engineers, but the course equips you for a variety of roles within Computing and Information Systems. Typical 2014 entry level graduate salaries for this kind of job are in the £25000-£35000 range.
"The best thing has been the careers department; I'm getting a job offer a week because of the diversity of the course. The course itself was in depth and covered lots of areas."
Adam Meadows, Graduate BSc (Hons) Computer Science, 2014
"Having complete access to labs at all times (24h) to continue work on projects."
How to calculate the square root of minus one and how to use it to implement graphics in video games? How do gene mutations help plan goods delivery? How is chaotic movement of gas molecules related to stock market trading? By joining this course, you are immersed in the stimulating world of computing and its relationship with mathematics. You'll take away an amazing breadth of knowledge and you'll have an enjoyable experience applying that knowledge to a range of real-world problems. It's not just the opportunities for international travel or the terrific lecturers that make this a great course though - you also get an impressive qualification that employers really want. E.g. a graduate from last year is now Global Data Governance Analyst at Smiths Detection. Typical 2014 entry level graduate salaries for this kind of job are in the £25000-£35000 range.
"I have to say, the first and foremost reason I passed and achieved a first class degree was because of all the encouragement and support from Alexey and Oren. I initially didn't even think of applying to Cambridge until my supervisor suggested the option, so I thought I'd give it ago. I wanted to go into teaching since A-Levels, so that was always my goal. The best bit about the course was probably finding out so many similarities between maths and computing, and being able to interlink them to make myself understand coding elements better! I really liked the maths unit, Algebra, Combinatorics and Logic and also the Datamining unit - this unit had lots of practical work with excel and prediction models, made us think outside the box!"
Jenisha Mylvaganam: graduated in 2014 with 1st, wanted to be a maths teacher, and is now accepted to a PGCE (teacher training) at Cambridge University.
"Whether you have a lot or no experience of the industry, if you are looking for a programme that blends both the theory and practice of sustainable design and construction in detail then this course is a must. This course has not only helped me to gain employment but also to bring real value to what I have been working on. I really enjoyed my final year completing my honours project and learnt a lot as a student on the BSc (Hons) Construction Management Course."
By signing up for this course, you get hands-on experience in software and hardware toolkits widely used in electronic engineering. Your course will take you on a wide range of topics, and you are given exciting opportunities to be involved in real-world Research &Development projects - or you could gain experience with impressive industry partners such as Hayward Tyler or Selex. As well as the stimulating seminars with world class lecturers, students in 2014 had the incredible opportunity to meet the inventor of the Raspberry Pi and the creator of the GNU project, and to work on developing an electronics system to be used at the largest music festivals in Britain with Apollo Live. You can use this stimulating course to embark on a career path locally or internationally, qualifying you for jobs such as this one –
Graduate Electronics Engineer (2014) - £30,000 - Graduate engineer with a 2.i or higher to join team of 3 in a world leading business providing broadcast services. The graduate will have exposure during their course, and ideally some placement or commercial experience, to VHDL, FPGA, C/C++ embedded, embedded real time, on both Linux and Windows systems. With a degree at BSc, BEng, Msc and / or PhD level in electronics engineering, electronics and electrical engineering, physics, computer science or similar good mathematics abilities are important.
Monster.co.uk job search "Graduate Electronics Engineer" – 4/6/2014
Telecommunication systems are an integral part of our everyday life, but the speed and availability of information will continue to transform all aspects of our economy and society. As the number of connected devices surges, there is a growing demand for graduates who are able to design, deploy and manage networks and telecommunication systems.
By joining this course, you will learn the fundamental principles and technology that underpins modern telecommunication systems. This is an exciting subject which combines microwave and optical communications, wireless networks, signal processing and software engineering. The theoretical knowledge is complemented by practical work in our modern Telecommunication Lab fitted with cutting-edge test and measurement equipment. In addition to industrial seminars, a number of students in 2014 were awarded industry-sponsored project prizes. You can use this course to embark on a local or international career in industry or progress to a further study at postgraduate level. One of our recent graduates, for example, is now a Microwave Engineer at ZTE, a multinational telecom vendor. Typical 2014 entry level graduate salaries for this kind of job are in the £22,000-£27,000 range.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to get hands-on experience in cyber security and digital forensics, covering domains such as systems hardening, the process of forensically gathering evidence and analysing captured data, and the legal requirements for those who work in computer security and forensics. You will be working at the cutting edge of technology, learning how to keep up with, and defeat, the cyber-criminal. Gaining experience of the whole security life-cycle will get you the required skills to gain professional certifications from world leading providers including Microsoft, Cisco and CompTIA
" I was thrilled to secure a year-long placement at CY4OR – a leading company specialising in uncovering digital evidence in cases of serious crime. I wouldn't have done it without the amazing support of my inspirational lecturer. It's great to see forensic investigations in action."
This is your chance to gain a thorough understanding of electronics and capability in developing interesting engineering solutions to practical electronic problems. You will be equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in related areas such as digital communications, signal processing, electronic circuits and microprocessors. You will also acquire new skills that will help you prepare for business and industry expectations, develop best practice in engineering and apply it to address stakeholder needs. You will meet with fantastic, well-established companies including National Instruments, Selex, Rhode & Shwarz and Axis Electronics. You will be ready to apply for Electronic Development Engineer posts in industry (power electronics, breadboard design, circuit design, product testing, smart home engineering, etc.) with a starting salary of £25,000-35,000.
You will gain a stimulating mix of knowledge and skills relating to established and emerging digital telecommunications technology as well as management skills geared towards telecommunications. For example, during your course you will be exposed to advanced digital communication theory and applications whilst gaining insights into how to run real-world technology innovations projects. You will even have the opportunity to develop an innovative technology for a realistic business scenario and practice a business pitch to fund your activity. This exciting and potent mix provides an exceptional foundation for a career in the area of telecommunications engineering, innovation, project management, team leadership and entrepreneurship. The course is underpinned by cutting edge research in the area of digital telecommunications, where many of the staff are engaged with high impact research projects. This provides a fantastic opportunity for you to glean unique insights into these activities during your project.
Graduates from this course in 2014 should expect to earn around £27k pa, increasing over £40k with the right experience.
"It's good to study at the Milton Keynes campus and live in Milton Keynes as there are lots of opportunities for jobs in the electronics field. The campus building is near to the shopping centre, bus stop or rail station."