Database Systems MSc/PGDip

Database Systems MSc/PGDip

School of Physical Sciences and Computing


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: September start - 12 Month; Full-time: January start - 18 Months; Part-time - up to three years

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    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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    September, January

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Why study this programme?

The MSc Database Systems course provides you with an opportunity to develop skills to specialise in the design, development and implementation of maintainable database systems, taking into account user requirements. The emphasis in the course is on database design, from the logical and physical design through to the interface. You will also have the opportunity to work on a substantial database project of your own choice. In addition this course will help you to become Oracle accredited; although please note that the course is not an Oracle training course.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements for the course are a recognised British Honours degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum of a 2.2, or its equivalent, in a Computing or Technology-related subject area; or a recognised British Honours degree (or its equivalent) a non-computing subject area plus substantial relevant experience; or a BCS postgraduate diploma plus a PGD project; or qualifications deemed by the University to be equivalent.

Students will be expected to have some knowledge of databases.

Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits. For international students IELTS 6.5, or its equivalent, is a minimum requirement.

Programme at a Glance

Compulsory modules

  • Masters Project (60 credits)
  • Critical Analysis (20 credits) – September to January
  • Database Administration & Management (20 credits) – February to May
  • User Centered Systems Design & Evaluation (20 credits) – September to January
  • Advanced Topics in Database Systems (20 credits) – September to January

The Masters Project is undertaken on completion of the taught modules.

Optional modules

  • Computer Security (20 credits) – February to May
  • Information Security Management (20 credits) – February to May
  • Web Application Development (20 credits) – February to May
  • Agile Systems Development (20 credits) – June to September (burst mode)
  • IT Project Management (20 credits) – February to May (burst mode)

There may be timetable constraints that may limit your option choice.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The importance of managing organisational data, so that it can be stored and accessed accurately, accessibly and securely, has never been greater. This course aims to equip you with the skills required of information system designers and database administrators. You will investigate the design decisions that need to be taken, and the consequences of those decisions, the need to differentiate between a well-designed and a poorly-designed system, the monitoring and tuning options available, and their importance in the day to day running of an information system. Last, but certainly not least, the course will enable you to take part in, and contribute to, the database community.

MSc Database Systems will help you to develop the skills and understanding needed as a database developer. You will learn how to choose and use appropriate analysis and implementation tools, implement a database system to make best use of the hardware and software constraints, and to monitor and fine-tune the implemented database for optimum efficiency. You will also develop skills in database administration and an understanding of the database administrator role. You will develop transferable skills in evaluation of ideas and concepts, effective communication, synthesis of ideas and become a reflective practitioner. You will have the opportunity to plan and carry out a supervised project to develop a substantial database system. 

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,000 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The School of Physical Sciences and Computing provides an 'electronic learning' environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment combines traditional face-to-face lecture/tutorial and practical sessions with additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches.

Assessment methods will include individual and group assignments, presentation, seminars and examinations.

Learning Outcomes & Aims

We develop your theoretical understanding as well your practical skills in implementing, evaluating, administrating and managing database systems. You will develop knowledge in current trends and research activity relating to databases. You will plan, undertake and evaluate a substantial database related project in which you will put into practice and develop your self-management, communication, critical evaluation and technical skills.

Our degree is designed to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are needed within industry.


To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six or twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.

We expect our students to seek employment within an information systems/database environment. This course will provide a framework within which you can take advantage of the opportunities of developing and improving technology to meet business and user needs.

There are opportunities to continue with your studies to MPhil or PhD.