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University of Liverpool’s Online IT Graduate Programs Earn Accreditation

First fully online graduate degree programs to be awarded BCS accreditation


University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool’s online information technology masters programs are the first suite of fully online postgraduate degrees to be awarded accreditation by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

This accreditation is a mark of assurance that the University of Liverpool’s online degrees meet the standards set by BCS and will allow students to fulfill the academic requirement to register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). The CITP standard is the benchmark of IT excellence and has been developed in consultation with public and private sector employers and the academic community, to truly reflect today’s IT profession.

Professor Frans Coenen, Deputy Head of Department and Director of Studies for Online IT Programs at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Computer Science said: “The BCS accreditation is an indicator of both professional recognition and quality.

“Our programs are at the forefront of academic development and my expectation is that this advancement will offer our students a professional advantage as well as providing the necessary knowledge to allow our students to apply for CITP registration.”

With this accreditation students can become student members of BCS at the start of their program. After successfully completing a University of Liverpool accredited online program, they can also qualify for Professional (MBCS) membership of BCS. Membership with BCS offers students and graduates access to a powerful network of industry professionals and career development tools. These benefits, in combination with the skills and knowledge students acquire through their online degree, will help prepare them to lead in the IT field.

“We are very pleased to award this accreditation to the University of Liverpool’s online IT programs. One of the Institute’s responsibilities under its Royal Charter is to develop and maintain standards in educational qualifications that support progression towards a career in computing or information systems,” said Bill Mitchell, Director of BCS Academy of Computing.

“We need to encourage people into computing at masters and doctorate level to ensure there are enough people able to do research and development at the highest levels, which is why we are particularly pleased to see Liverpool taking a lead in fully online postgraduate degrees.”

Accreditation covers the online IT masters programs offered by the University’s Department of Computer Science, including the MSc in Information Systems Management, MSc in IT, MSc in Computer Security, MSc in Internet Systems, MSc in Software Engineering and the MSc Information Systems & Technology.

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