The MSc in Computer Communication Systems is an advanced research-led course that equips students with a thorough understanding of the technologies, protocols and systems that enable computational devices to communicate in widely diverse and heterogeneous contexts.

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Highlights

  • Although focused on marine mammals this programme covers advanced topics in quantitative marine ecology and animal behaviour.
  • Modules include intense training in quantitative techniques (for example, statistical modelling and GIS) and applied research methods, including a field course to practice survey techniques (at no additional cost).
  • Students have the exciting opportunity to conduct fieldwork and training in Antarctica as part of the optional module in polar ecology (requiring additional payment of a substantial expedition fee). See the students' Antarctic expedition blog.
  • The core curriculum is complemented by advanced optional modules in topical research areas of biologging, bioacoustics, behaviour and cognition, and population biology.
  • Stimulating, small class sizes with a focus on student-led, experiential learning.

Teaching format

The course consists of two taught semesters followed by an independent research project culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation and poster presentation. The research project takes place during the entire year with a particular focus during the last three months from June to August.

The modular curriculum is designed to be coherent, providing integrated training for future careers in scientific research, management or conservation. Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars, debates, workshops and tutorials. Practicals involve lab work, field work, modelling and computer-based data analysis. Class sizes range from 5 to 30 students, depending on the module. There is a strong focus on small-group teaching so that students are individually supported and can ask for help when it is needed.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.

Compulsory

  • Object-Oriented Modelling, Design and Programming: introduces and reinforces object-oriented modelling, design and implementation to provide a common basis of skills, allowing students to complete programming assignments within other MSc modules.
  • Practice in Computer Communication Systems
  • Principles of Computer Communication Systems

and one or both of:

  • Advanced Topics in Computer Communication Systems
  • Distributed Systems: covers the fundamentals of distributed systems, with reference to system models, programming languages, algorithmic techniques, concurrency and correctness.

Optional

The following modules are optional for Computer Science programmes. Not all combinations of modules will be available for all programmes, and some modules are subject to pre-requisites being satisfied.

Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students.

Students choose two or three optional modules. In the 'Additional modules' lists below, students can only take up to two of the modules in each list.

  • Advanced Topics in Computer Communication Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence in Practice
  • Artificial Intelligence Principles
  • Critical Systems Engineering
  • Data-Intensive Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction Principles and Methods
  • Information Visualisation
  • Interactive Software and Hardware
  • Knowledge Discovery and Datamining
  • Language and Computation
  • Masters Programming Projects
  • Principles of Computer Communication Systems
  • Practice in Computer Communication Systems
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Engineering Practice
  • Software Engineering Principles
  • User-Centred Interaction Design

Additional optional modules

Students may take up to two of the following:

  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Security
  • Concurrency and Multi-Core Architectures
  • Constraint programming
  • Distributed Systems
  • Logic and Software Verification
  • Programming Language Design and Implementation
  • Video Games

Students may take up to two of the following:

  • Database Management Systems
  • Green Information Technology
  • Information Security Management
  • Information Technology Projects
  • Web Technologies

Dissertation

During the second semester, students work with staff to define and agree upon a topic for the extended project, which they will work on during the final three months of the course, and which culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation. Dissertation projects may be group-based or completed individually (students are assessed individually in either case).

The dissertation typically comprises a review of related work; the extension of existing or the development of new ideas; software implementation and testing; analysis and evaluation. Students are required to give a presentation of their work in addition to the written dissertation.

Each project is supervised by one or two members of staff, typically through regular meetings and reviews of software and dissertation drafts.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma instead, finishing the course at the end of the second semester of study.

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.

Careers

Alumni of Computer Science MSc programmes have gone on to work in a variety of global, commercial, financial and research institutions, including:

  • Amadeus
  • Amazon
  • Atlas
  • Avaloq
  • Barclays Capital
  • BP
  • BT Openreach
  • Capricorn Ventis
  • FactSet
  • Hailo
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hitachi Data Systems
  • Microsoft
  • OpenBet
  • Rockstar
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Sky
  • Skyscanner
  • Symantec
  • TriSystems

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Entry requirements

  • A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Computer Science or a strongly related discipline.
  • If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • English language proficiency
    For direct entry to a Masters in Computer Science, you will require an overall score in IELTS (Academic) of 7.0, with a minimum subscore of 6.0 or the equivalent. For alternative forms of evidence, see English language tests and qualifications. If your IELTS score is 6.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5, we offer combined degrees in Computer Science with the English Language, an 18-month option for those who would like to start a Masters degree while continuing to consolidate their ability to use English effectively in academic contexts.

The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Application requirements

  • CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
  • Personal statement (optional).
  • Two original signed academic references.
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates. Please only provide certified copies with official English translations if applicable. Do not send original documents as they cannot be returned.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

Funding

There are many potential scholarships and support schemes available to postgraduates.

Recent Graduate Discount

The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

Program taught in:
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Last updated March 15, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 9, 2019
Duration
1 - 2 years
Part-time
Full-time
Price
9,000 GBP
UK and EU: £9,000; Overseas: £21,990
Deadline
Aug 12, 2019
Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes. To maintain staff-student ratios, the School reserves the right to stop accepting applications once the programme is full.
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Start Date
Sep 9, 2019
End Date
Sep 30, 2020
Application deadline
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Sep 9, 2019

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Application deadline
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Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes. To maintain staff-student ratios, the School reserves the right to stop accepting applications once the programme is full.
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