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Computer Science, PG Dip

University of Essex Online, the United Kingdom

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
PG DipPart-time, Distance, Online16 monthsOctober, April, JulyGBP 8111 per totalGBP 8285 per total

About Computer Science, PG Dip - at University of Essex Online

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, computing becomes more attractive to those looking to change careers to a field where their skills will be in high demand.

The online nature of this conversion course makes it easy to fit around your existing job, and the course covers both essential themes within computer science as well as more specialist topics such as:

  • how to contextualise and develop information systems using object-oriented approaches in languages such as Python and SQL
  • the underpinning concepts and skills of Software Engineering Project Management, including traditional and contemporary Software Development Life Cycle models
  • computer networks, network security fundamentals and information security governance principles

Throughout the course you will develop a number of programmes and applications, and the technical skills you will develop will be an asset in whichever area of computer science you go on to work in. Towards the end of your studies you will have the opportunity to advance onto a full Masters.

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Entry requirements

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That's why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, within your two-week induction period you will be set a number of activities designed to test your ability to handle the intellectual and practical demands of the course. You will need to pass these activities in order to continue with your studies.

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Dip Computer Science, as a minimum you must have an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification.

Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our PG Dip Computer Science, you must have at least three years' relevant work experience.

English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0. Don't worry if you don't hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification - we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don't need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships at University of Essex Online

A university education is one of the biggest investments in yourself and career. Our tuition fees include all teaching materials and required reading – there aren't any hidden charges for assessments or resits.

We also offer students a range of tuition fee discounts, scholarships and payment options for our online courses*.

  • Full payment discount: Pay the full tuition fee upfront and you will get a 5% discount.
  • Alumni discount: Graduates from the University of Essex or University of Essex Online are eligible for a 10% discount.
  • International scholarship: If you're living outside the UK and Europe you might be eligible for a scholarship.
  • Student loan: Students based in England might be eligible for a loan from Student Finance England for our Bachelors and Masters degrees.
  • Monthly payment plan: Available for those who are self-funding.
  • 10% anniversary scholarship on all our Masters programmes, when you enrol from 1 July.

* Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. For more information on our discounts and scholarships and to discuss your eligibility please contact our Admissions team.

Student reviews of University of Essex Online

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Andy Robertson, BA (Hons) Business and Management

“Being a naval chap, I thought that I was a broad, adaptable, comfortable manager.

However, as a mature student, the vagaries and pressures of work take priority and zap your energy, making the balance beyond work, between family and study even more precarious.

In maintaining the balance between work, study and home life, I learned that one has to set aside a period known as the “study period” and sacrifice being idle! Giving up free time simply means giving up time without purpose, a really neat trick of useful time management. And when in doubt, I sought the great bunch of tutors and student advisers at University of Essex Online.”

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Breshana Francis, CertCE Law

"I am a Jamaican living in Qatar with my family as expats; we can be called upon to relocate to another country at any time. The University of Essex Online law programme fits perfectly with this lifestyle, as it provides the flexibility that I need to pursue my studies vigorously and to keep up with my ever-changing environment.

I was able to achieve my CertCE Law, which allows me to continue studying towards an LLB qualification. The University of Essex Online law degree programme has developed and shaped my mind to think like a lawyer from the start of my studies.

During this time, I can work, take a holiday and have family time as this is only possible through The University of Essex Online programmes."

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Aisha Legge, MBA (Human Resource Management)

"I wish I’d started my MBA years ago. I feel like I’m part of a community. I created a WhatsApp group for students based in the UAE and we physically meet up regularly. If I can’t watch any lectures live because of the time difference I can watch them on demand and our tutors try to be flexible with their office hours.

Even though we’re miles away from the Essex team, they’re always willing and able to help with any issues or questions I have. My student adviser, Marie, replies promptly, is always able to assist me and offers support in my studies.

My hope is that my MBA will help with career advancement and open doors to opportunities with potential employers in the future."

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