Taught course

Computing Science

University of East Anglia · School of Computing Sciences

Entry requirements

Open to students of any discipline with a good first Bachelor’s degree (min 2.1 or equivalent). A Postgraduate Diploma entry route is available for applicants whose qualifications don’t meet the entry requirements, with the possibility to upgrade during the course.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Computing Science is designed for graduates of non-computing subjects to broaden their knowledge in computer technologies and pursue new career prospects.


The training in this course not only teaches essential computing technical knowledge, but you are encouraged to develop professional skills in communication, critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving, independent and team work and project management. Students study a diverse range of modules including Software Development Methodologies with UML (Unified Modelling Language) and Internet and Multimedia Technology. All modules are integrated in a web-based framework where students are grouped in teams to design and implement a substantial web-based application. Students also take a few optional modules, covering such areas as Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing.


The course is delivered through lectures, seminars, directed studies and laboratory exercises, involving both individual and team work. The assessments are carried out by coursework and written examinations. Initially students undertake an MSc Dissertation project on a topic linked to the School of Computing Science's main research area, often in collaboration with an outside body. Some project work with companies could involve paid placement.


The School of Computing Science at UEA maintains close ties with industry professionals, with many of the student assignments directly seeking solutions to real world problems. The School utilises its internationally recognised research commercially, and graduates of this course often use taught technical and entrepreneurial skills to fulfil influential roles within the local and international community.


The course encourages its students to be professionally competitive and flexible in a challenging and changing employment environment. Graduates of the MSc Computing Science can seek employment in a wider range of careers within the industry, business, public sector, education and research institutions. They can work in diverse roles such as software developers, systems analysts, data analysts and IT managers, or work as independent consultants or academic/commercial researchers.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components); PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components).

Fees and funding

Faculty of Science Scholarships & Bursaries

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate course in the Faculty of Science at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities.

Faculty of Science scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to eligible students studying in the following subject areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacy

Any eligible applicant is invited to apply for a scholarship. As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office or visit the UEA website for further information on funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)1603 591515