Computer Science MSc (Dubai Campus)

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.

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. 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.

Dr Nick Hawes

Reader, Computer Science

“ Computer Science is the study of computational systems and their applications. Fundamental to this is the study of information, and how to understand, represent and manipulate information mechanistically and automatically.”

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.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (10 credits)
  • Fundamentals: Introduction to Computer Science and Data Structures  (10+10 credits)
  • Fundamentals: Databases (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction (10 credits)
  • MSc Operating Systems and Networks (10 credits)
  • MSc: Software Workshop (40 credits)
  • Project - Conversion MSc (60 credits)
  • LM Software Engineering I (Extended) and LM Software Engineering 2 (Extended) (10+10 credits)

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee which is set at 104,520 AED for 2018/19 entry.

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarships available for 2018 entry. Find out more.

Entry requirements

2:2 Honours degree in any subject other than computing. 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

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

Learning and teaching methods will take the form of lectures, classes, case study work, online assignments and quizzes, presentations and self-directed study.

Work will be assessed via exams, coursework, presentations and a dissertation.

As the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16, Birmingham is the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job.

A degree in Computer Science provides the skills required for a wide range of careers.  It will give you a disciplined approach to analysing problems, with the ability to design creative solutions and critically evaluate the results. Employers are impressed by the combination of technical and transferable skills offered by computing graduates, and as such, you might find yourself in a variety of environments in academia, industry, research and commercial organisations.

These qualities, plus the prestige of a degree from a leading World Class University, make our graduates attractive  to companies in the engineering sector worldwide as well as those in finance, consultancy and commerce.

Your Birmingham Degree

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends.