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Applied Computer Science (Online)

Applied Computer Science (Online) PgCert

This conversion postgraduate certificate course allows you to enter the field of computer science, with insights into programming and applications to meet business needs.


Course overview

This course is for graduates from any subject discipline who wish to study computer science topics and the potential it offers for employment. Exploring this important field prepares you for further study to postgraduate diploma or MSc level.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Software for Digital Innovation

You gain an introduction to the Python programming language and its application to solving problems in digital innovation. This involves the principles of programming, the syntax and structure of Python, its relevant libraries and modules, and how it is incorporated in existing software tools. You form a solid foundation of producing software solutions to real-world problems.

User Experience Modelling

You gain the underpinning knowledge and skills you need for user experience modelling and design. Study the theoretical foundations of human-computer interaction (HCI), interaction design, product design, and participatory design and development. Apply user experience modelling approaches to the design of software applications and services.?


and one optional module

Agile Development

You gain experience of application development utilising an agile development approach. You also take responsibility for determining project aims, objectives, roles, tasks, deliverables, schedules and documentation.

By learning agile principles and applying a specific agile approach (eg SCRUM) in a live simulation of the methodology, the module will help you to prepare for contemporary practice in industry, developing both knowledge and skills in the application of agile principles.

Big Data and Business Intelligence

You develop your ability to design and implement database, big data and analytics applications to meet business needs. A case study is used to follow the system development lifecycle. You develop a plausible application from inception to implementation for a real-world scenario.

You investigate the issues and technologies associated with implementing and supporting large scale databases and the services that are needed to maintain and access a repository of data. Investigations are undertaken in a number of areas including big data, data warehouses, integrating legacy data, data management and approaches that support the modelling and visualisation of data for a range of use views.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Your learning is supported through our online learning environment, where our experienced staff can provide advice and guidance. Opportunities to network with staff and other students enable you to work collaboratively, developing your technical skills and knowledge in a professional and supportive space.

You learn through keynote lectures and tutorials using case studies and examples. Critical reflection is key to successful problem solving and essential to the creative process.

How you are assessed

You are assessed informally throughout the programme, which supports your formal assessments. You are assessed on your subject specific knowledge, cognitive and intellectual skills and transferable skills applicable to the workplace.


Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent overseas qualification.

In addition, international students will require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements



Career opportunities

There are increasing career opportunities for data science specialists in sectors such as the defence industry, financial industry, telecommunications and health sector.


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

Software requirements


Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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University of the Year

Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


  • Not available full-time


2023/24 entry

Fee for all applicants
£2,460 (£820 for each 20 credits)

More details about our fees

  • Length: 1 year
  • Attendance: 100% online
  • Start date: September
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