The internet revolution has generated a social interactive environment that creates new business opportunities for enterprises. The MSc Social Computing programme addresses this market demand by providing you with training for understanding, managing, developing, implementing and commercialising interactive social media on the internet.
There are growing employment opportunities in this emerging field with many international software development enterprises such as Microsoft and Google, equipped with their own social computing and media development teams. A number of IT enterprises, including Apple and Oracle, own products with social computing functions while many companies successfully turn significant profits through social network sites such as Facebook, Amazon and TaoBao.
You will graduate equipped with the knowledge and skills to forge a successful career in the new interdisciplinary area of social informatics and internet computing.
Why Study Social Computing at XJTLU?
- Benefit from specialist lab facilities for operating systems, networking, mobile computing and multimedia technology located on campus
- Take advantage of XJTLU's strategic location close to many international high tech companies with opportunities for networking, internships and site visits
- Tailor your studies to suit your career ambitions with modules in big data analytics, computer systems security and more available
- Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Knowledge and skills
By the you graduate from the MSc Social Computing, you will have:
- theoretical and practical knowledge of key areas of social business and social computing in both industry and research
- the ability to apply your skills in management, design and implementation of IT-based solutions to social business and computation domains
- practical skills in research, analysis, realisation and evaluation of technical or research documents in social commerce and social computing.
You will complete eight modules in the first two semesters and a dissertation project in the third semester for a total duration of 18 months. The precise content of your dissertation project will be discussed and decided with your project supervisor and is subject to approval.
Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
Graduates from this programme are well prepared for positions such as research and development engineer, systems developer, and project leader in IT companies. The programme also offers a solid foundation to pursue further study at a doctoral level.
RMB 90,000 for the entire 18 month full-time programme.
University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.
If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.
Masters students have the option to pay tuition fees in instalments each semester. You can also choose to pay the fees upfront at the time of registration, in this case a discount of five percent of the total fees will be offered.
You will be asked to indicate how you would like to pay the fees when you confirm your acceptance of the unconditional offer.
XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 percent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.
Minimum entry requirements
Upper second class (2:1) honours
- 211 Project; Top 100 of 2019 Shanghai Ranking--75 percent or above
- Non 211 project; Non Top 100 of 2019 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% percent or above, depending on your Undergraduate institution
Note: Shanghai Ranking of The Best Chinese Universities is subject to annual update http://www.zuihaodaxue.com/zuihaodaxuepaiming2019
Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.
3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme
Equivalent academic qualifications
An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in computer science, engineering, information systems, e-business, or mathematics, with suitable programming and programme design experience.
English language requirements
If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:
- IELTS: 6.0 (minimum of 5.0 in all sections)
- TOEFL iBT: 80
If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5 – 1.0 of an overall IELTS band but meet the language requirements for the Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses (including minimum component scores or equivalents), you may be accepted onto the PSE course subject to Programme Director’s approval. Upon successful enrolment on the PSE course, you will be able to change your XJTLU Master’s offer letter to ‘Unconditional’ for English level.
If you are a conditional offer holder, you can also send an email to email@example.com to apply to take the onsite Password English language test provided by XJTLU in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or its equivalent.
Please note that the Password Test is only available to students who have been issued a conditional offer to study at XJTLU. The University provides one Password Test opportunity for each conditional offer holder. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.
Additionally, students who are admitted onto a Master’s programme by taking the Pre-sessional English (PSE) Course are required to complete English language modules listed on the Programme Specification on a pass/fail basis as part of their Additional Learning Activity plan during their studies at XJTLU.
Social computing, a new paradigm of computing and technology development, has become a central theme in information and communication technology fields. The MSc Social Computing programme prepares students to harness complex data and advanced tools to address fundamental questions.Xi Yang Programme Director
How to apply
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