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    A postgraduate qualification .

MSc in Computing for Commerce and Industry

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Taught Masters

Made up of
180 credits


Please note that this qualification is only available until 31 December 2018. In order to claim this qualification you must have completed the required 180 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 that a new programme of postgraduate computing qualifications is available.

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 diploma modules with case-study-driven learning, which provide extensible knowledge that can be applied to lead technological and organisational change in the business environment. Following completion of an appropriate postgraduate diploma, this MSc course draws together the knowledge and skills you have gained, in a final research-based project module. These are qualifications for the generalist or non-standard specialist, where specific job function demand a range of skills and knowledge, and where our modules can extend and deepen your knowledge.

Planning your studies

To gain your MSc, you must first complete either the Postgraduate Diploma in Computing for Commerce and Industry (C02), the Postgraduate Diploma in Software Development (D69), or the discontinued Joint Postgraduate Diploma in Computing and Manufacturing (C04). You then carry out research and study in a specialist topic by taking a 60-credit research project module.

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.

You will need to select a topic for your research project from a range offered by the University or a topic of your own choice that is linked to one or more of the diploma modules you have studied.

You will need to complete a research project and write a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words reporting on your work. A supervisor will be appointed to work with you on the development of your full project proposal and your research work.

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 60 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 bring both personal and professional success, increasing the performance, productivity and competitiveness of their employers. Over 900 students have obtained the MSc.

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 180-credit masters degree you require:

120 credits from the Postgraduate Diploma in Computing for Commerce and Industry (C02), the Postgraduate Diploma in Software Development (D69) or the discontinued Joint Postgraduate Diploma in Computing and Manufacturing (C04).

And 60 credits from the following compulsory module:

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
Research project (T802)

This research module enables you to gain an MSc by building on the postgraduate diploma that you already hold. You’ll develop and submit a dissertation.

See full description.

60 Oct 2014

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.

Credit for previous study elsewhere

Credit transfer is not permitted for this MSc except for any awarded as part of the postgraduate diploma.

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded an MSc in Computing for Commerce and Industry entitling you to use the letters MSc (CCI) (Open) after your name. You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.

If you obtain (i) a distinction grade in the module Research project (T802) and (ii) 30 credits at distinction grade and at least a further 30 credits at merit or above in the postgraduate diploma taught modules required for this MSc degree, you will qualify for the award of the degree with Distinction.


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