MSc/PGDip Advanced Computer Science

University of Leicester

Program Description

MSc/PGDip Advanced Computer Science

University of Leicester

Duration and mode of study

12 months for October entry and 16 months for January entry.

MSc with industry

21 months for October entry and 24 months for January entry.

Start Dates

January and October each year.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a good second class honours BSc degree or qualification of equivalent standard recognised by the University in a subject with a substantial element of Computing. Applications are treated on an individual basis, however, and so alternative qualifications may be considered, especially in the case of candidates with relevant work experience.


  • 2013/2014 - Home/EU: £5,010 International: £15,305
  • 2014/2015 - Home/EU: £5,235 International: £15,995

NB. There is an additional fee of £600 for the 'MSc with industry' variant (not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement).

Course aims

This MSc is designed for students who wish to supplement their education in a specific set of advanced topics and cutting-edge technologies that they require for their professional lives, or to pursue their studies further to a PhD on a specific topic. It offers a broad menu of modules from which students can construct their own pathway with the advice and assistance of a member of staff.

Course modules

Students on this course take a compulsory module on Personal and Group Skills and can compose their own pathway by choosing seven modules from the lists below (no more than two modules from list 2). Students progressing to an MSc also undertake a project.

List 1

  • Advanced System Design
  • Advanced Web Technologies
  • Algorithms for Bioinformatics
  • C++ Programming and Advanced Algorithm Design
  • Discrete Event Systems
  • Domain Specific Languages
  • Financial Information Systems
  • Game Theory in Computer Science
  • Generative Development
  • Networking and Distributed Computing
  • Semantic Web
  • Service-Oriented Architectures
  • Software Measurements and Quality Assurance
  • Software Reliability
  • System Re-engineering

List 2

  • Analysis and Design of Algorithms
  • Applied Numerical Mathematics
  • Communication and Concurrency
  • Compression Methods for Multimedia
  • Cryptography and Information Security
  • Distribution Systems and Applications
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Operations Research
  • Programming Secure and Distributed Systems
  • Systems Modelling
  • Wavelets and Signal Processing
  • Web Technologies

Industry placement

The industry placement is undertaken between the taught part of the course and the individual project. Its aim is to allow students to acquire industrial experience and, especially, develop an appreciation of how the skills acquired in the taught part relate to problems in industry. If for some reason students cannot or decide not to go on a placement, they revert to the normal variant of the course and proceed immediately to the individual project.

Individual project

An individual project is undertaken full-time after the industry placement. Using the experience gained during the placement, students choose a challenging problem to work on and explore it by privately studying under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

Teaching and assessment methods

Teaching is by a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, selfpaced learning and practicals. Assessment of taught modules is by coursework and examination. Coursework consists of a mixture of computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects. The compulsory Personal and Group Skills module combines attendance of seminars, group discussions and collective essay writing on topics selected for the seminars, as well as attendance at a series of workshops on transferable skills and career planning. The industry placement and project are assessed separately.

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Last updated May 10, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
Jan. 2017
21 - 24 years
Full time
5,470 GBP
Start date Oct. 2016
United Kingdom Leicester, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 21 - 24 years
Price 5,470 GBP
- Home/EU; 16,715 GBP - International students.
Start date Jan. 2017
United Kingdom Leicester, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 21 - 24 years
Price 5,470 GBP
- Home/EU; 16,715 GBP - International students.