Taught course

Advanced Computer Science

University of Birmingham · School of Computer Science

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is an upper second-class degree or overseas equivalent in Computer Science or a related subject. As a general guide, you should be in the top 15% of your academic year. International students must pass a recognised English test. Country-specific entry requirements for international students can be found at www.international.birmingham.ac.uk/countryinfo

Months of entry


Course content

This is an advanced programme that draws upon the School's international research reputation. It is designed to prepare students for a career in academic or industrial research in computer science. It offers a broad range of advanced taught modules from which students can select the areas in which they are most interested. Knowledge is also deepened through individual supervision in one of the many research areas of the School.
This is a one-year, full-time programme. In the first eight months, students spend half their time studying taught modules chosen from a wide range of topics, and the other half working on two mini-projects. In the final four months, one of the mini-projects is extended into the final summer dissertation. The mini-projects and the dissertation are individually supervised by a member of our research-active staff.
After successfully completing the programme, students will have developed the enhanced analytical and technical skills required to work on computer science problems in a research environment.
The majority of students pursue PhD degrees either in Birmingham, elsewhere in the UK or abroad. Other graduates go on to carry out demanding research or find development positions in the IT industry.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students can find further details of scholarships at www.international.birmingham.ac.uk/scholarships.htm Evidence of English language ability required: TOEFL 550/213 (TWE 4); IELTS 6.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,200 FT
International students
£19,200 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
2 mini-projects33

Course contact details

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