The MSc Computer Science is a full-time one-year Masters degree course for students who have a first degree in a subject other than computing. Designed to open the door to exciting new career opportunities in computer science and information technology, the programme is suitable for a variety of hard-working graduates from diverse subject backgrounds. Established in 1969, this is now the longest-running conversion programme to computing in the UK.
The core components of this degree course are a software workshop, taught modules and a summer project. The software workshop involves two terms of intensive training in Java programming, including lectures, supervised laboratory work and small-group tutorials.
At the same time students enrol in a variety of modules, including: Introductory Computer Science; Software Engineering; Databases; and Computer Networks. In the summer term, students engage in developing a substantial software project under the supervision of a faculty member.
Students join this programme from a wide range of first degrees, from the technical and scientific to the social sciences and humanities. Graduates of this degree are highly sought after by employers due to the special knowledge, expertise and skills acquired.
School of Computer Science website: www.cs.bham.ac.uk
For more information, including entry requirements, course details and module information, please visit: www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-taught/degree_info/msc-cs/
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2014/2015 are as follows:
£5,940 for home/EU students
£17,355 for international students
Most part-time programmes run for two years and their fees are one half of the standard full-time programme fees. A small number of part-time programmes run for three years and in these cases the annual fees are one third of the total full-time cost. Contact us for further information.
UK student visa regulations mean that students classed as overseas for fees purposes may normally only register on a full-time basis.
Further funding information
Standard fees apply
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Scholarships and studentships
For information about scholarships for students on our postgraduate taught programmes visit www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-taught/scholarships.php. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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The minimum entry requirement for admission is a Lower Second class degree (or an international equivalent). Applications are accepted from able graduates from all subject areas, and an assessment of prior computing knowledge is undertaken after application to determine suitability for route 1 or route 2.
Students who have not studied in English must pass a recognised English test
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We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements
Standard English language requirements apply
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