Advanced Computer Science Masters/MSc

Masters/MSc postgraduate degree course in Advanced Computer Science:

This programme is intended for graduates with a previous degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, and with a solid foundation in programming. It allows students to broaden their knowledge of cutting edge areas of Computing through the choice of options from a range of advanced taught modules. It also provides the opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of selected areas of Computing by individual project work. The final four months of the programme is spent on a summer project. This could either be a software development oriented project, or a research oriented project, supervised by a member of staff who is active in that research area. Students undertaking research oriented projects (typically those interested in a career in research and development, or the pursuit of further studies, such as a PhD) will also complete one or two research mini-projects in the first part of the programme and undertake a Research Skills course. 

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This Masters comprises two mini-projects, one per semester, which lead into the summer project. In previous years, students have surprised themselves by their achievement, regularly producing project work at the level expected of a very good first year research student. Your project supervisors are able to draw on their research experience to help you develop your ability to work confidently on difficult tasks.

The core modules of the degree are:

In addition, there is a wide variety of optional modules in different areas of Computer Science to choose from. 

We also support you by providing training in transferable skills relevant to your project work and in your future career. Our extensive computing facilities are available 24 hours a day (including a wireless network) to allow you to link in to our services from your own machines and the information resources (specialist library, information retrieval databases, electronic journals, etc) to support your project and course work.

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This is a one-year, full-time programme. In the first eight months, students spend half their time studying taught modules chosen from a wide range of topics, and the other half working on two mini-projects. In the final four months, one of the mini-projects is extended into the final summer dissertation. The mini-projects and the dissertation are individually supervised by a member of our research-active staff.  

Please visit the Computer Science website for further module information.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to keep them up-to-date, which may require changes to module content. Also, key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £7,650
International students: £20,250

Further funding information

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Please note: From 1 July 2015 we will be introducing a £50 non-refundable application fee for this course. 

Scholarships and studentships

For information about scholarships visit International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or email

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject (eg, Computing or a closely related discipline); plus a solid foundation in programming. Students who have not studied in English must pass a recognised English test.

Learn more about entry requirements.

International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements. Standard English language requirements apply.

How to apply

 Please note: From 1 July 2015 we will be introducing a £50 non-refundable application fee for this course. 

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Students graduating from the MSc in Advanced Computer Science usually have developed a taste for working on difficult problems and look for a career where they will be able to apply their enhanced analytical and technical skills. The majority of our graduates look for Computer Science PhD places, either at the University of Birmingham, elsewhere in the UK or abroad. Some of our most successful PhD students studied for their MSc in the School of Computer Science. Other graduates move into industry, typically taking technically demanding jobs.

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Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.