Computer Science with Study Abroad MSci

Start date
September
Duration
5 years
UCAS code
I102
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours
Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
£9,250 (UK/EU)
£22,260 (International)
Further information

Our Computer Science with Study Abroad MSci degree enables you to combine analytical knowledge and technical skills as you research and develop software solutions to real-world problems. Your study abroad year will allow you to enhance your learning, develop your confidence and immerse yourself in a new culture.

At the University of Birmingham we know that at this point in time it is essential that the course you choose meets your future career aspirations, and provides you with an unforgettable learning experience. That’s why our Computer Science with Study Abroad degree offers a balance of general computer science with practical software engineering and the opportunity to challenge yourself and live and learn in another country. Our course also allows you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals so that you leave us prepared for a career in industry or research.

Our flexible five-year Computer Science with Study Abroad MSci degree is structured to provide you with a thorough understanding of a wide range of computational systems to ensure you are equipped to meet the challenges of your individual and group projects – as well as a life and career beyond university.

The transition to University level learning can be difficult and that is why in your first year we ensure you study the key components of computer science to ensure you have a firm foundation in the principles of algorithms, AI, software engineering and relevant maths. From as early as your first year you will be given the chance to pursue your own interests and most importantly shape your degree to suit your future career aspirations.

We are committed to ensuring you develop key skills needed to boost your future prospects. That’s why in your second year you will work in a team to produce software and also learn new styles of programming in Java, a language widely used in business and industry. Your third year will enable you to choose from a wide range of modules including Intelligent Robotics and Human-Computer Interaction.  

You will spend your fourth year studying at one of our partner institutes. Your year abroad, whilst allowing you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, will also help you stand out in future applications by developing your confidence and ability to adapt in unfamiliar surroundings.

Your final year sees you return to Birmingham and enables you to tailor your degree to suit your interests with a wide range of modules from our Masters programmes to choose from and an individual project, either developed from your own idea or from a wide selection offered by staff members.

Why study Computer Science with Study Abroad MSci at Birmingham?

  • State-of-the-art facilities which include: research labs for Medical Imaging, Intelligent Robotics, HCI and security; Computer Science reference library; Robotics teaching labs and exclusive computing labs just computer science students
  • We are a leading centre for Computer Science teaching and research in Europe and we are home to many acclaimed research groups which filter into teaching on the course
  • Your Year Abroad will help you gain skills and experiences which will help to prepare you for a career and life after university
  • Friendly and sociable department, where staff and students harness great relationships
  • Flexible module choices throughout your degree allow you to tailor your education to suit your interests and strengths

Robots will start to appear all over the world in the near future. We give students the opportunity to study the artificial intelligence and robotics and techniques necessary to build autonomous systems that will be able to change our society for the better.

Dr Nick Hawes, Senior Lecturer, Computer Science

Modules

Year 1

You will gain a firm foundation in the principles of algorithms, artificial intelligence, software engineering and relevant mathematics. You also learn in-depth computer programming in Java – a language widely used in business.

Core modules:

  • Artificial Intelligence 1 (20 credits)
  • Data Structures and Algorithms (20 credits)
  • Logic and Computation (20 credits)
  • Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits)
  • Object Oriented Programming (20 credits)
  • Full Stack Application Development (20 credits)

Year 2

You progress to studying enabling technologies such as databases, graphics and the formal basis of programming languages. These are taught in conjunction with programming which gives you a much deeper understanding through the implementation of techniques. As part of a team you produce software, and learn new styles of programming in Java and a second language from a different programming language paradigm. You also select modules from a range of options which cover core computer science, programming languages and artificial intelligence.

Core modules:

  • Functional Programming (20 credits)
  • Security and Networks (20 credits)
  • Software Engineering and Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Systems Programming in C/C++ (20 credits)
  • Team Project (Artificial Intelligence) (20 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence 2 (20 credits) 

Year 3

Computer Science Study Abroad  (120 credits)

Tuition fees for placement years (where applicable)

There is a reduced tuition fee for the academic year spent in industry or whilst studying abroad (where available). Fee information and further clarification is available on the University fees and funding page.

Year 4 

You are able to pick eight modules from a wide selection.  You may choose to study subjects relevant to industry, for example computer networks, distributed systems or commercial programming. Alternatively you may prefer to focus on current research in areas such as evolutionary computation, neural computation, intelligent robotics and natural language technologies.

One third of your time will be devoted to a project which will give you the opportunity to write a large piece of software and to apply the computing skills you have acquired so far.

Choose 120 credits from the following example modules:

  • Advanced Networking (20 credits)
  • Complex Adaptive Systems (20 credits)
  • Computer Graphics (20 credits)
  • Computer Vision and Imaging (20 credits)
  • Computer-Aided Verification (20 credits)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (20 credits)
  • Individual Study (20 credits)
  • Intelligent Robotics (20 credits)
  • Language and Cognition (20 credits)
  • Machine Learning and Intelligent Data Analysis (20 credits)
  • Programming Language Principles, Design and Implementation (20 credits)
  • Security of Real-World Systems (20 credits)
  • Teaching Computing in Schools (20 credits)
  • Theoretical Foundations for Security (20 credits)

Year 5

In the final year modules from our range of Masters programmes will be open to you. You will also undertake a much more in-depth software project. Your choice of modules alongside your choice of project will allow you to specialise in a field such as Computer Security, Human Computer Interaction, Robotics or Natural Computation. 

On completion of the course, in addition to holding a Masters level qualification, students will be well-equipped for a career as a Computer Science professional. They will also have developed transferable skills in numeracy, problem solving, team-working, general communication, and information technology. The MSci Computer Science can be taken with a year in industry or a year abroad.

Core modules

  • Computer Science Masters Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

Choose 60 credits of optional modules, examples listed below:

  • Advanced Networking (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Complex Adaptive Systems (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Computer-Aided Verification (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Computer Graphics (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Computer Vision and Imaging (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Individual Study (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Intelligent Robotics (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Language and Cognition (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Machine Learning and Intelligent Data Analysis (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Programming Language Principles, Design and Implementation (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Security of Real-World Systems (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Teaching Computer Science in Schools (Extended) (20 credits)
  • Theoretical Foundations for Security (Extended) (20 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. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Annual tuition fees 2020/21

  • £9,250 - UK/EU
  • £22,260 - International

Visit our  tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

 

Tuition fees for placement years (where applicable)

There is a reduced tuition fee for the academic year spent in industry or whilst studying abroad (where available). Fee information and further clarification is available on the University fees and funding page.

 

For students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

How To Apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code I102.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

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Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
A*AA
Required subjects and grades:
A level Mathematics grade A. If you are taking any reformed science A levels, which include Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught from 2015, you must pass the practical element.

General Studies or or Critical Thinking not accepted.
It is desirable, but not essential, to have some experience of writing computer programs. 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

7, 6, 6 required at Higher Level (including 6 in Mathematics), with a minimum of 32 points overall. We also require 5 in Standard Level English.

BTEC 

BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma qualifications will only be considered if accompanied by A level Mathematics.
Grades: MSci; D*D* plus A-level Maths at Grade A*

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in combination with 2 A levels including Mathematics.
Grades: MSci; D* D* plus A-level A*A.

The BTEC Extended Diploma alone will be considered for our Physical Sciences Foundation Year programme (DDD required)

Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.

Foundation Year

Are you a UK/EU student and would like to study for one of our degrees but lack the entry qualifications we require? If you are not studying A Level Mathematics you can consider a Foundation Year programme which can lead to entry onto one of our courses.

International Students

We accept a range of international qualifications, please contact the admissions tutor for more information.

 

Standard English language requirements apply, learn more about international entry requirements.

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

Hear from our students talking about their experiences during one of our modules.

You will benefit greatly from an overhauled and re-designed curriculum in order to give you the chance to really dig deeper into your subjects of interest

How you will learn

You will be taught using a combination of lectures, labs and tutorials with lecturers available to provide additional help throughout your degree.

How you will be assessed

Each module is assessed independently with all containing some components of continuous assessment. Some modules are completely assessed by coursework. Assessment methods include end-of-year examinations in May and June, written assignments, oral and poster presentations, computer-based tests, marked exercises, and laboratory and project reports. Feedback is an essential part of learning and the way we help to shape your success.

We use a wide range of methods, such as written feedback on your assessments, class feedback sessions and discussions with your tutor.

Your personal tutor

We know that starting university can be daunting, and is a big step into a new way of living and learning, that’s why from the beginning of your time with us you will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will remain with you throughout your studies and support your academic progress, developing your transferable skills and any welfare issues.

Seminars and tutorials

Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate and discuss lecture material with your tutor and fellow students. 

Self-study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject. It also allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.

Lecturers and world-leading researchers

Being taught and challenged in a range of ways and by a range of people helps to not only broaden your knowledge but to allow you to build your network and discover your interests. Allowing you to meet and learn from different leaders in their fields is key to the course, that’s why during your studies you will be taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, offering you a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience.

Resources and facilities

We know that life as a student can be busy and that juggling work and a social life can be hard. That’s why our purpose built multi-million-pound building offers 24-hour swipe access for all our students to access our state-of-the-art facilities whenever they need to.

We encourage group work and face-to-face interaction with your fellow students and academics, that’s why there are plenty of student areas in the building and collaborative student and staff spaces.

Contact Hours

Depending on the programme, the modules you select, and the number of optional help sessions you choose to take part in, each week you will have between:

Year 1: 15 and 25 hours of lectures, labs and tutorials, with lecturers available to provide additional help outside those hours. During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.
Year 2: 13 and 22 hours of lectures, labs and tutorials, with lecturers available to provide additional help outside thos hours.
Year 3: 9 and 20 hours of lectures, labs and tutorials, with lecturers available to provide additional help outside those hours.
Year 4 - MEng programmes only: 7 and 18 hours of lectures, labs and tutorials, with lecturers available to provide additional help outside those hours.

Please note the above data is based on the most common module selections for the each year group and does not include hours for self-study. This data does not include modules taken during a Study Abroad.

Our courses are especially designed, at every stage, to equip you with the knowledge, academic skill and transferable skills you need for a successful career in industry or research. 

The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17 shows that 93% of our Computer Science graduates are in graduate-level employment or further study six months after graduation.

We hold specialist careers fairs throughout the year for computer science students to help you network and find opportunities to secure placements and graduate employability once you leave us.

Graduates who have studied our courses:

Example employers:

  • Accenture
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Honda
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Logics
  • Rolls Royce
  • UBS
  • QinetiQ

Example careers: 

  • Artificial Intelligence Engineer
  • Cloud Computing Engineer
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Systems Designer
  • Lecturer/Teacher
  • Applications Developer

Careers Network

We provide a wealth of opportunities to develop your career. From your first day at Birmingham to after you graduate, the Careers Network  is here to help you identify and achieve your individual career aspirations through its wide range of services.

Our dedicated careers team brings you information, advice and guidance tailored to your specific needs. Careers advisers offer one-to-one advice appointments where you can discuss your career plans and explore your options. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning  Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

Visit the Careers Network website for more details

Internships

Our multi-award-winning work experience team has dedicated internship officers to help find the right work experience for you. Make the most of these opportunities and apply for our Work Experience Bursary Scheme, the Birmingham Undergraduate Internship Programme or one of our successful mentoring schemes. 

The video below talks to students, staff and employers about their internship experience: