MSc in Advanced Computer Science

Manchester Metropolitan University

Program Description

MSc in Advanced Computer Science

Manchester Metropolitan University


This course is aimed at Computing graduates who wish to specialise further in Computer Science improving their knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities. Our postgraduate courses are concerned with vocational education, and it is anticipated that the majority of MSc graduates will either enter employment (or continue) as IT/Computing professionals or progress to doctoral work with a probable view to pursuing academic or research careers.

You will study four specialists, advanced units including High-Performance Computing and Big Data and Advanced Computer Networks and Operating Systems. A wide range of optional units allows you to tailor your course to specialise in areas of your choice.

A third of your MSc will consist of a solo project with individual supervision. This is supported by a series of seminars/workshops, but the emphasis is on student-centred learning and recognises expectations about student autonomy, typical of postgraduate level and also is part of the strategy to enhance your employability through the development of confidence, self-awareness and self-sufficiency. Your Master's project will involve practical system creation or experimentation work in an area of computing and where appropriate, the implementation or experimentation may be work-based.

We are a member of the Oracle Academy and highly rated in terms of research. Our supervision and facilities are also excellent.

Students successfully completing this degree title will:

  • Understand concepts and be able to apply appropriate techniques across a broad range of specialist computing subjects
  • Be able to carry out a research-informed, practical project involving system construction or experimentation work.

Features and benefits of the course

  • The School has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories which is supported by a dedicated team of technical staff.
  • Research in the School was rated 'internationally excellent' with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Our online virtual learning platform Moodle provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.
  • Classes are concentrated on certain days of the week to facilitate part-time students’ attendance and allow full-time students to undertake part-time employment if necessary.
  • The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a member of the Oracle Academy.
  • We are an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP). This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cyber security.
  • We are also an Academy of the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and deliver their partner programme which provides a pathway for students towards a rewarding, high-growth IT career.

Course details

Wide-ranging course units combine with a flexible approach which allows students to undertake practical project work while attending work placements. With one-third of the course project-based, it may be possible to undertake yours in collaboration with an external organisation or within the School.

Typical units of study may include

  • High-performance Computing and Big Data
  • Advanced Computer Networks and Operating Systems
  • Masters Project


  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Enterprise Programming
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Cryptography and Encryption
  • Data Management and Machine Learning

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least a second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a computing-related subject, or exceptionally, a good sub-degree qualification in computing and very substantial work experience in computing or a closely-related area.

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This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 28, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 year
Full time
8,500 GBP
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £14,500 per year.
United Kingdom - Manchester, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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