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Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is an upper second-class degree or overseas equivalent in Computer Science or a closely related discipline, including object-oriented programming and data structures and algorithms.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Computer Science is a full-time one-year Masters degree course for students who have a first degree in a subject other than computing. Designed to open the door to exciting new career opportunities in computer science and information technology, the programme is suitable for a variety of hard-working graduates from diverse subject backgrounds. Established in 1969, this is now the longest-running conversion programme to computing in the UK.

The core components of this degree course are a software workshop, taught modules and a summer project. The software workshop involves two terms of intensive training in Java programming, including lectures, supervised laboratory work and small-group tutorials.

At the same time students enrol in a variety of modules, including: Introductory Computer Science; Software Engineering; Databases; and Computer Networks. In the summer term, students engage in developing a substantial software project under the supervision of a faculty member.

Students join this programme from a wide range of first degrees, from the technical and scientific to the social sciences and humanities. Graduates of this degree are highly sought after by employers due to the special knowledge, expertise and skills acquired.

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Information for international students

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,540 FT
International students
£22,500 FT

For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    British Computer Society accredited.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005