Taught course

Advanced Computer Science

Manchester Metropolitan University · School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in a computing-related subject. We’ll also consider your application if you have a lower-level computing qualification, together with substantial experience in a computing-focused role.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

Months of entry


Course content

As computing continues to evolve at a remarkable pace, the expertise to harness the latest technology becomes more vital every day for organisations in every sector. Our Advanced Computer Science masters provides expertise – helping you develop the specialist skills for a career in computing.

You’ll cover core units exploring themes around high-performance computing, big data, advanced networks and operating systems. From there, you’ll have the flexibility to set the direction for your studies – first, with two option units covering areas like enterprise programming, cryptography or mobile computing, then with a masters project of your own design. While you’ll have the one-to-one support of your supervisor, it’s a solo project – as much about developing computing skills as it is about building confidence and autonomy, vital skills for the workplace.

By the time you’re finished, you’ll be equipped with both theoretical understanding and practical abilities in computer science ­– ready to apply your advanced knowledge to real-world situations. In short, you’ll be ready to begin a rewarding career path in the field.

Core units

  • High-Performance Computing and Big Data
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Advanced Computer Networks and Operating Systems
  • Masters Project

Option units

  • Enterprise Programming
  • Cryptography and Encryption
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Data Management and Machine Learning

Assessment will be through coursework, examination and dissertation.

Career prospects

The advanced skills and understanding you’ll develop on our MSc course can open the doors to roles across a range of industries, in both the public and private sector. Study with us and you’ll follow in the footsteps of graduates who have gone on to become software developers, programmers, app developers, web and multimedia developers and software testers (to name a few), working with the likes of Barclays, Autotrader, AZoNetwork and Realtime Despatch.

Your masters could also provide a foundation for further studies – going on to do a PhD – whether staying with Manchester Met or going elsewhere.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment75

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969