distance learning online education dx logo
online education line home 
about us 
contact us 
online degree granting university by distance learning

 About the OU

 Course fees

 Course handbook

 Subject outlines

 University website

Enquire into this online degree now   Enquire Now 

MSc in Computing for Commerce and Industry

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.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

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 course 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

Educational aims

The Computing for Commerce and Industry (CCI) programme is aimed at computer professionals, technical managers and other professionals in IT-related jobs and aims to update, broaden and provide a coherent overview of the field to serve as a firm foundation for their career developments.

The programme allows you to select modules within the broad area of computing.

The programme aims to develop:

  • multiple competencies in computing and relevant application areas at graduate level
  • an ability to analyse and evaluate problems and draw on the theoretical and technical knowledge to develop solutions
  • the required skills to further a career in computing
  • an awareness of current research in software development, the analytical skills and research techniques for their critical and independent evaluation and their application to new problems.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of the programme are described in four areas.

Knowledge and understanding

When you have completed this degree, you will have knowledge and understanding of:

Fundamental and advanced concepts, principles and techniques from among the following topic areas (no individual contributing module is compulsory, with the exception of the Research project and dissertation):

  • software engineering and software management
  • project management
  • requirements engineering
  • user interface design
  • object-oriented software development
  • database systems and technology
  • distributed applications and ecommerce
  • computing infrastructures
  • multi-service networks

A comprehensive understanding of research methods and techniques appropriate to defining, planning and carrying out a research project within your chosen specialist area.

A systematic understanding and a critical awareness of current problems in your field of study or area of professional practice.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this degree you will be able to:

  • analyse new problems, sifting the irrelevant from the relevant and expressing the results using standard formalisms and notations
  • integrate knowledge and skills from various sources into a coherent whole, making the appropriate abstractions
  • critically evaluate, using proven methods, the strengths and weaknesses of a particular technology within a computing system application
  • synthesise arguments from underlying premises to produce overarching conclusions
  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, making informed judgements in the absence of complete data
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems
  • critically evaluate and reflect upon your own work.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this degree you will be able to:

  • prepare cases advocating the appropriate use of computing systems technologies
  • appraise new developments in computing systems technology and assess applicability to a particular workplace scenario or area of academic or professional interest
  • demonstrate an understanding of the roles in software development and the responsibilities of those roles
  • be aware of issues relating to participation in development teams.

Depending on the options you have chosen, you may also be able to demonstrate an awareness of the legal and ethical issues associated with implementation of computing in the workplace.

Key skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • advance your own knowledge and understanding through independent learning
  • communicate clearly knowledge, ideas, and conclusions about computing systems
  • using appropriate media, for specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • develop your problem-solving skills and apply them independently to professional or equivalent level tasks/projects/functions
  • work with others to refine your ideas, leading to an improved understanding of key concepts within the computing systems context.

Copyright Open University UK

 Search for a course
 Related courses