Frequently Asked Questions

Do the programmes require travel or contact sessions?

No travel or contact sessions are required. You can access course content and study anytime, anywhere on a variety of mobile devices so you have the flexibility to earn a Masters degree at a world-class, Russell Group university while balancing your studies around business and personal commitments.

Is there technology support available to students?

Yes, technology support is included in the programmes.

To make progressing through your programme easier, you will be instructed on how to access and use the online portal as part of your first module.

How much are the tuition fees?

For management and leadership MSc programmes, the total fee is £9,840 if you choose to pay in full at the start of your programme.

For computer science MSc programmes, the total fee is £7,800 if you choose to pay in full at the start of your programme.

If you choose to pay for each 15-credit module separately, you will pay the fee rate for the academic year in which the module runs.

In 2018/19, the cost per 15-credit module is £820 for management and leadership MSc programmes and £650 for computer science MSc programmes.

Module fees will increase by a maximum of 2% each year for continuing students. The academic year runs from 1 August to the 31 July.

When are tuition fees due?

When you select your first module you can choose either to pay for your whole programme in advance, or to pay for each module separately.

You need to pay your tuition fees before the registration deadline for each module. Paying your tuition fees early will give you access to pre-learning materials and study skills modules.

You can’t access learning materials until you’ve paid your tuition fees. If you miss the deadline, you will unfortunately not be able to start your module/programme.

How can I pay my tuition fees?

When you choose your first module you will decide how to pay for your course. You can either pay for your whole course in advance, or pay for each module individually as you progress. You can’t change your decision later.

You must pay your fees online, using a debit or credit card. Alternative payment methods are not currently available.

What is the refund policy?

  • Refunds will only be made after payment has been received.
  • You have 7 days after module start to withdraw from your studies and receive a full refund of the tuition fees you have paid for that module. After this time period no refund will be made.
  • All refunds will be made to the credit/debit card that was used to originally pay the fees online.

Which software will I need to be able to access to study an online computer science MSc?

You’ll need to be able to access widely used software to complete the computer science MSc programmes. We’ll provide you with access to what you need through our Virtual Desktop or other online services. If you prefer, you can download and install your own versions where possible. There will be no additional cost for access to software or tools required for successful completion of this course.

You’ll need to be able to establish a VPN connection for the Cyber Security programmes. This (and access to the virtual desktop service) may be restricted by local legislation and practices in the location in which you are studying.

There are no specific technical requirements to complete this course though it is recommended that you have access to a PC or Mac that is five years old or newer running a supported version of Windows or Linux. You should also have access to a stable internet connection (min speed 1 MB/S), particularly if you are unable to download and install software.

In general there are no issues supporting overseas students, other than the usual legal issues around exporting encryption software to certain countries, and potential issues around “hacking tools” in certain countries.

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