Web Technologies MSc

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What is special about this course?

In the past twenty years, the web has had a major impact on the way in which we work, live and learn. As the sector continues to grow there is a constant need for individuals and organisations to keep abreast of new developments in the field. This programme has been designed to meet the needs of the global IT industry and will give you the advanced skills and expertise to excel in this fast-paced and competitive marketplace.

This fully online programme offers two specialised exit awards; the pathway you choose will depend on your own specific background and interests:

MSc Web Technologies

If your knowledge and experience of computing are already beyond that of an end-user and you wish to gain enhanced web technologies skills, then this pathway is for you. You will explore cutting-edge technologies and gain a solid grounding in programming and software development.

MSc Web Technologies with Management

This pathway, while primarily having a technological focus, will explore key aspects of business and management particularly relevant in an international environment. You will receive a thorough grounding in core management principles, practices and techniques strongly contextualised to web-based applications.

Both pathways will help you develop and build on your specific technical expertise, and gain practical, analytical, and highly transferable skills sought after by employers.

Special features

  • Gain a master's degree at a pace that suits you through online study
  • Fully online study allows you the flexibility to fit your study around work and personal commitments
  • Study individual modules for your own professional development or work towards the PgCert, Pg Diploma and ultimately a Masters award

Entry requirements

  • MSc Web Technologies
    • 2.2 honours degree or above in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject, with knowledge beyond that of an end-user
  • MSc Web Technologies with Management
    • 2.2 honours degree or above in any subject
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • You will be interviewed (by phone, email or Skype) to assess your suitability for your desired choice of pathway

*Funding support notice*

A limited number of funded places are available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students (see fees/funding tab for more information)

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

(see fees/funding tab for more information)


MSc Web Technologies:

  • Choose three subjects from the list below to achieve the PgCert Web Technologies (60 credits)
  • Successful completion of another three modules and you will have the PgDip Web Technologies (120 credits)
  • For the full Masters you will be required to complete a dissertation (180 credits).

Modules include:

  • Web services
  • Mobile applications development
  • Web applications development
  • Advanced web programming
  • Data modelling on the web
  • Data analytics on the web

MSc Web Technologies with Management:

  • Choose two subjects from module list 1 below and one from module list 2 to achieve the PgCert Web Technologies (60 credits)
  • Successful completion of another two modules from list 1 and one from list 2 and you will have the PgDip Web Technologies (120 credits)
  • For the full Masters you will be required to complete a dissertation (180 credits).

Module list 1:

  • Web services
  • Mobile applications development
  • Web applications development
  • Advanced web programming
  • Data modelling on the web
  • Data analytics on the web

Module list 2:

  • Corporate and competitive strategy
  • Understanding social media
  • Strategic marketing
  • Organisational leadership and management

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time  (structured)
  • Part-time  (unstructured): individual modules

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1.5 years to complete the MSc
  • Part-time (structured): Pg Cert 1 year, Pg Diploma 2 years, it will nornally take 3 years to complete the MSc. 
  • Part-time (unstructured): Individual modules chosen as CPD will normally take approximately 12 weeks to complete.

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI - You will be enrolled at Perth College UHI but can study this course from anywhere in the UK

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only, subject to module availability)


The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course :

2019-20Scottish onlineRest of UK online (inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.


The university is pleased to offer a limited numbers of places with full tuition fee support for Scottish/EU students, studying full time, on this course starting in September to help talented students join this key growth sector for the Scottish economy. Fees will be funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programmes.

To be eligible for this funding students must meet the criteria for Scottish or EU fee status and be resident in the Highlands and Islands (including Moray) or Perth and Kinross for the duration of their studies. In accordance with funding regulations, tuition fee support will only be available to students who meet the funding eligibility criteria and are self-funding i.e. who are not in receipt of funding for tuition fees from other sources, including employers. Funded places will be allocated and successful applicants notified from March onwards, available places will continue to be allocated throughout the recruitment cycle. There is no separate application process, applicants holding an offer will be considered against the eligibility rules.

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Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified applicants. Students who do not meet the eligibility for the tuition fee support, or are not successful in being allocated one of the limited places, will be responsible for paying their own fees. However there are other potential sources of funding support available.

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the programme you will have improved your skills, confidence and knowledge levels, leading to enhanced career opportunities in different sectors of the IT industry. Alternatively, you may be interested in roles in the public sector, in academia, or through business start-up and growth.

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I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

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