Research course

Computer Science

University of Essex · School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above, in any subject except computer science or electronic engineering, and GCSE Mathematics, grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification.


Months of entry


Course content

Every day computer science continues to change our lives, our work and the way we communicate, but have you ever wondered how it all works and how you can get involved? Whether your background is in History, Sociology, Art or Mathematics, this course allows you gain key knowledge and skills in a fast moving and exciting industry.

Our MSc Computer Science is a conversion course for individuals who have no previous academic background in computer science, but who love the challenge of solving a complex puzzle. You develop your knowledge and understanding of software programming, cloud technologies and computer networks through studying a range of topics including:

  • programming in Python and Java
  • cloud technologies
  • web programming
  • networks and applications
  • computer security

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering is a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development. Today’s computer scientists are innovative people who are focused and committed to exploring this progressive subject. We are home to many of the world’s top scientists, and our work is driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence.

We are ranked Top 10 in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent (REF 2014).

This course is also available part time.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see:

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 874 879