Entry requirements

Here at the University of Essex Online, we believe that education should be accessible to all. That is why we offer both an academic and work-based experience route onto our MSc Computer Science.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to take a short aptitude test which is designed to test your ability to handle the intellectual and practical demands of the course. Please note that we will consider your performance in the aptitude test as part of your overall application, so if you don’t pass the test, you may still be accepted onto the course. Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue your studies.
Academic entry route
You must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification
Work experience entry route
You must meet the following criteria:
  • as a minimum you must have at least three years’ relevant work experience
English language requirement
Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Months of entry

April, July, October

Course content

Are you looking to launch a career in computing? Our 100% online MSc Computer Science course helps build on technical knowledge and introduces you to key trends across the sector. You’ll advance from computer science novice to competent programmer, with the opportunity to study languages such as Python and SQL.
This conversion course kicks off with computing fundamentals and later explores areas such as:
  • network security, computer networks and information security governance principles
  • object-oriented approaches in Python and SQL and how to develop information systems
  • an overview of Software Engineering Project Management including both contemporary and traditional Software Development Life Cycle models

Fees and funding

UK students
£12,167
International students
£12,428

10% anniversary scholarship available for students who enrol from 1 July 2023.

20% impact scholarship available for our April 2024 intake.

Learn more about our discounts and scholarships here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Enquiries team
Email
enquiries@online.essex.ac.uk
Phone
+441206489358