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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;
  • Ability to apply your skills in management, design and implementation of IT-based solutions to social business and social network application domains;
  • Practical skills in research, analysis, realisation and evaluation of technical or research documents in social commerce and social computing.
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.
Yue Li
Programme director


  • Core modules


  • Additional learning activities

    The completion of additional learning activities is required to obtain your master degree. The programme includes a total of 600 hours of Additional Learning Activities, most of which are chosen individually by students. 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. They should normally be spread equally over teaching semesters and the summer and winter breaks.


Graduates from this programme are well prepared for positions such as research and development engineer, systems developer, e-marketing director and project leader in IT companies. The programme also offers a solid foundation to pursue further study at a doctoral level.