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There's more growth and innovation in computing and IT than in any other area of business. The individuals and organisations best equipped to respond to the challenge of rapidly changing technologies are those with the vision to ensure that their skills and knowledge are kept current and set in a broad educational context. Computing and IT professionals with a strong skill set are much in demand today, and studying a postgraduate computing course with the OU will keep you at the forefront of this influential discipline.

Our postgraduate computing and IT courses provide you with the range of innovative, practice-based courses and qualifications that you need to develop your career. Both the MSc in Computing and the Postgraduate Diploma in Computing offer you the opportunity to specialise either in information security and forensics, or in software engineering.

You don't need to have an undergraduate degree to study for our advanced networking qualifications, but you will need either previous study to the equivalent of HND level in the UK, or practical experience, to enable you to study successfully at postgraduate level.

Taught Masters

  • Advanced Networking
    Building on your Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking you can achieve an MSc by completing a research course using a specialist topic in this area.
  • Computing


Courses in Computing and IT

See the list of all our individual courses in Computing and IT.

Research degrees

For information about postgraduate research degrees, visit the Research Degrees Prospectus.

Studying outside of UK and Europe?

If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.


Spotlight on Computing and IT

I would recommend the OU to anyone

‘After University I joined an IT company and after a while I wanted to study to develop my career. The OU’s part-time courses were very well structured, and having all the course material and a timetable ensured that I stayed on track. I focused on courses relevant to my career, and presented the benefits to my employer, who offered financial support. I would recommend the OU to anyone.’ (Emma Hall)

Interested in a research degree?

The OU supports a vibrant research portfolio and the research community collaborates with top-ranked institutions in the UK and worldwide. If you’re interested in a research degree, such as an MPhil or PhD, check for the current topics supervised by academic staff in the Computing Department.


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