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Computer Science

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

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Entry requirements

This course is open to anyone with a UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, whatever the subject. We might also consider your application if you have a lower-level qualification, together with substantial professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content


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

On this Computer Science masters, you’ll explore themes around object-oriented programming, advanced computer networks, cloud software development and information systems and databases. You will learn advanced concepts, techniques and technologies to equip you for the practical side of investigating an issue and creating a system or solution to match. Through this, you’ll gain a set of skills made for the modern professional world of computing.

You’ll also have the flexibility to set the direction for your postgraduate studies 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.

Features and benefits of this course

  • Excellent facilities – The Department has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories, together with the support of our dedicated technical staff.
  • Thriving technology sector – Manchester is home to one of the largest creative and digital technology sectors outside of London, making us well placed to deliver this course.
  • Institute of Coding – The Department of Computing and Mathematics is part of the new £40m national Institute of Coding (IoC). Our masters students will have access to the IoC’s cutting-edge computer lab to hone their skills in this area.
  • Professional accreditation – This course is accredited by the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT) providing strong industry links and a professional focus.
  • Optional placement year – Boost your career prospects and put theory into practice with an industry placement.

Placement options

Strengthen your skillset by spending time in real-life situations, applying the skills you’ve learned throughout your academic studies in a practical industry environment.

This course is available with an optional placement year, which you’ll commence in your second year after you’ve completed your academic credits. The placement provides an opportunity to develop a professional career development plan. You’ll be able to apply the skills you’ve learned throughout your postgraduate studies in a practical workplace, and tailor your knowledge to suit a specific industry or skillset.

Students are expected to behave in a professional and business like manner when on placement or conducting projects with external partners.

A placement fee applies.

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 see our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

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