Computer Science Masters/MSc

Masters/MSc postgraduate degree course in Computer Science:

 

The MSc Computer Science is a 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 graduates from diverse subject backgrounds. Established in 1969, it is now the longest-running conversion programme to computing in the UK.

A ‘conversion’ Masters, for graduates new to computing, with a collection of intensive modules, designed to get students up- to-speed in computing and to open up exciting new career prospects

Students with a computing degree cannot be considered for this course and should apply instead for the MSc Advanced Computer Science programme.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start date: September/October

Details

 

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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 programme is different to IT programmes, in that it is a technical degree with a significant programming component. It is designed to give you a grounding in both the fundamentals of computer science and practical software development skills with a choice of in-depth optional modules. Students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. Competency should be demonstrated in mathematics and scientific subjects, for example at 'advanced' high school level, which should allow understanding of the new Computer Science subjects.

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.

Related links

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

Tuition fees for 2015/2016 are as follows:

  • £6,840 for home/EU students
  • £17,960 for international students

Part-time programmes

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.

For further information contact the School directly or email financialsupport@bham.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

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.

Students who have not studied in English must pass a recognised English test

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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

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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Learning and teaching

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.  

Employability

owen_davis-quoteMost students graduating from this programme move into industry to work on software development. Others use their new found skills and technical expertise to enhance their employment prospects in work related to their first degree. Each year some students join sales and software support teams in industry and commerce or start their own companies. A few embark on a PhD programme with us.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

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.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2011/12 (postgraduate taught graduates)

The DLHE survey is conducted 6 months after graduation.

Examples of employers

  • Credit Suisse
  • Innovise
  • Atos
  • BAe Systems
  • Bank of America
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Logica
  • Tessella
  • Morgan Stanley
  • QinetiQ

Examples of occupations

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Technical Analyst
  • Applications Developer
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Design Engineer
  • Junior Programmer
  • Software Consultant
  • Technical Consultant
  • Technology Analyst

Further study - examples of courses

  • MSc Computer Security
  • MSc International Business
  • MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Artifical Intelligence
  • MSc Operational Research
  • MSc Imbedded Systems
  • PhD - Physical Sciences in the Biomedical Imaging
  • PhD - Computer Science

Visit the Careers section of the University website for further information.