Why take this course?
The rapid development of computing in all its forms is prompting many recent graduates to broaden and deepen their knowledge through studying a MSc course. Many practitioners also want to expand their expertise and refresh their skills.
The MSc Advanced Computing Science is a full-time, one-year taught programme, which can also be taken part-time over two years. The course is aimed at students with a first degree in computing science wishing to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the subject.
Students have on average 15 hours of contact time per week with teaching staff through lectures, laboratory sessions and seminars, though this may vary depending on module choices. Additionally, students should allocate at least 25 hours per week for study, coursework assignments and projects.
Teaching and Assessment
The course offers greater flexibility than our other more specialised MSc courses. Once on the programme you will affiliate with one of the broad areas of the School’s research. You will normally take five optional modules, of which at least two are related to your chosen research area. Other modules are designed to complement these and to allow you to broaden your knowledge. You will choose your dissertation topic and undertake preliminary work on it during the spring semester and work on it full-time after the exams until mid-September. This course will give you enhanced technical and analytical skills in your chosen area of specialisation.
Some project work may be done with companies and could involve paid placement at a company.
Some recent dissertation titles:
- Systems and Internet Security
- Video shot detection
- Web-based interface for a static remote sensor configuration
Your prospects as a graduate will therefore depend on your specialisation and may include consultancy, software development, project management, web services designer or builder, etc. Computing scientists are generally sought after and well paid and work in diverse environments including small and large international businesses, government agencies and research institutions. The programme will also prepare you for further education through a PhD in order to pursue a career in industrial or academic research.
"I enjoyed studying the MSc. course in Computing. I gained lots of valuable knowledge as well as many transferable skills. The lecturers and staff were very helpful. Overall, it was a wonderful experience."
Reham Abualhamayel, former student.
This programme has full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation (Further Learning Element) as well as leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the (BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT).