MSc Computer Science

General

Program Description

Gain practical and theoretical knowledge of computer science to complement your first degree. You’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in technology.

This course is designed to match the growing need for graduates who are trained in one discipline and are also skilled in computer science. You’ll gain a strong foundation in programming, software development and contemporary themes in the industry.

The course gives you a broad overview of computer science, with opportunities to specialise in a number of different research areas.

You'll study in a research-led department within a supportive postgraduate community. You’ll be using our bespoke computer laboratory and with our strong links to the industry here and abroad you'll be exposed to the latest ideas and technology.

You’ll gain the knowledge and transferable skills for a career in a range of industries, or for further study at PhD or EngD level. With computer science forming an essential part of a number of key industries, our MSc graduates are highly sought after by employers. Graduates from the Department have gone on to work in areas such as IT consultancy, software development, banking and education.

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Course structure

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Principles of programming
  • Software engineering
  • Databases
  • Foundations of computation
  • Research seminar

Semester 2

  • Research project preparation
  • Functional programming
  • Plus optional units

Summer

  • Dissertation

Optional course units

These are examples of optional units currently being studied by our students.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Theory of human-computer interaction
  • Cryptography
  • Collaborative systems
  • Interactive communication design
  • Intelligent control and cognitive systems
  • Security and integrity

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials





Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Online assessment
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Thesis
  • Written examination
  • Other

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‘The study of computer science holds the answers to the questions that you might not even be facing yet.’

Shaun Dennis
MSc Computer Science (2017)

Entry requirements

Academic qualifications

  • You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.
  • To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject, but you must demonstrate evidence of relevant quantitative skills (especially algebra and calculus) either through your degree study or by alternative means.
  • We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
  • If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Last updated Apr 2020

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