Taught course

Computer Science online MSc

University of Bath · Department of Computer Science

Entry requirements

You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent. Plus A-level Maths (or at least one passed maths unit at degree level). To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject, but you must demonstrate evidence of relevant quantitative skills (especially algebra and calculus) either through your degree study or by alternative means. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

Join one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, with an online MSc in Computer Science, from the University of Bath. In the first half of 2021, 173,3091 tech jobs were advertised monthly on average. This represents an increase of 42% relative to 20191. University of Bath recognises the importance of developing elite computer science professionals, and this course offers you the chance to upgrade your know-how and switch up your career, no matter if you want to be a software developer or a technical analyst.

World-leading academics

University of Bath provides working professionals, or those with no previous experience, with trailblazing, practice-based teaching, aimed to inspire you and make you ready for a career in computer science. Throughout studying the online computer science degree you’ll be taught by inspirational research academics, whose work leads the way in AI, Human Computer Interaction and cybersecurity. It’s because of this that many of the on-campus graduates have secured positions with huge companies such as Electronic Arts, Nokia and KPMG.

  • Voted University of the Year 2023, and ranked 8th for student experience for computer science in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023*
  • Ranked 6th in Computer Science by the Complete University Guide 2024
  • Top 10 for course satisfaction in computer science and information systems by The Guardian University Guide 2023*

In this course, you will learn and understand the core theories and practices in computer science, developing a solid base of knowledge. You will understand core Computer Science theories and practices and be able to think critically, actively contributing towards the body of knowledge in the industry and pushing the boundaries with code.

“I can recommend this program to anyone who would like to expand their knowledge in computer science. The online structure allows the students to keep their industry specific domain knowledge while learning about computer science. Also, unlike some other online programs that require attendance to live lectures in a specific time zone, this program allows professionals from all around the world to take the classes regardless of their time zone and geographical location”

Ece Nur Sahin -University of Bath, Computer Science online MSc student

Pioneering industry insights

The University of Bath heads up the Institute of Coding, an initiative made up of universities and corporations committed to plugging the digital skills gap. This initiative helps develop skills where they’re most needed in order to create the next generation of digital specialists.

The Institute’s vision is to enhance the education and employability of every learner and ensure that employers and individuals can access the skills they need to compete in the global digital economy. This initiative means that the University of Bath is ideally placed to help you develop the skills that employers need the most, in order to advance your career goals.

Curriculum details

  • Principles of programming (10 credits)
  • Software engineering 1 (10 credits)
  • Foundations of computation (10 credits)
  • Software engineering 2 (10 credits)
  • Databases and cloud (10 credits)
  • Functional programming (10 credits)
  • Artificial intelligence (10 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
  • Theory of human computer interaction (10 credits)
  • Cybersecurity (10 credits)
  • Intelligent control and cognitive systems (10 credits)
  • Research project preparation (10 credits)
  • Independent research project (60 credits)

Interactive online learning

The course is delivered remotely and entirely online. Learning material is made available to students via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Assessments are conducted online, also through the VLE. Students study one unit at a time, and learning support is provided through electronic discussion forums and live tutorial sessions.

What do our graduates do next?

After studying our master’s in computer science, potential graduate opportunities include:

  • Games developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Network engineer
  • Systems developer

Where do our graduates go on to work

Graduates from the Department of Computer Science have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Nokia
  • BAE Systems
  • Electronic Arts
  • KPMG
  • Web Usability
  • Imagination Technologies

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you will need IELTS with a grade of at least 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 in any of the four parts (listening, reading, writing and speaking). If you completed your degree in the UK within the last 2 years prior to the start of the course, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    27 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Online Admissions
+44 (0)1225 738 000