Taught course

Computing Science

University of Glasgow · School of Computing Science

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA 3.0/4 or equivalent) with computing as a major subject. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Computing Science provides you with a thorough grounding in professional software development, together with experience of developing a project proposal and conducting a development project, preparing you for responsible positions in the IT industry.

Why Glasgow?

· The University of Glasgow’s School of Computing Science is consistently highly ranked achieving 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2014)

· The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.

· With a 97% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Computing Science continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.

· You will have opportunities to meet industrial speakers who contribute to our professional skills & issues course. Employers also come to make recruitment presentations, and often seek to recruit our graduates during the programme.

· You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Programme Structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Computing Science include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

Core courses

· Professional skills and issues

· Research methods and techniques

· Masters team project.

Optional courses

· Advanced networking and communications

· Advanced operating systems

· Algorithmics

· Artificial intelligence

· Big data: sytems, programming and management

· Component-based software engineering

· Computer architecture

· Computer vision methods and applications

· Constraint programming

· Cyber security

· Distributed algorithms and systems

· Enterprise computing

· Functional programming

· Human computer interaction

· Human computer interaction: design and evaluation

· Human-centred security

· Information retrieval

· Internet technology

· IT architecture

· Machine learning

· Mobile human computer interaction

· Modeling reactive systems

· Safety critical systems

· Trends in information security.

Depending on staff availability, the optional courses listed here may change.


· To complete the MSc degree you must undertake a project worth 60 credits. This is a project chosen by you to investigate a challenging but constrained computing science problem, where you will design, implement, evaluate, and demonstrate a software system.

· The project will integrate the subject knowledge and generic skills that you will acquire during your Masters.

· We offer a wide range of projects, and each student is normally allocated a different project. We take your preferences into account when we allocate the projects.

· You will also have the opportunity to propose your own project, subject to academic approval.

Example projects

Here are some typical project titles from recent years:

· Assigning papers to reviewers based on their expertise

· Computational risk assessment for Strathclyde Fire & Rescue

· Efficient route discovery for guaranteeing quality of service in MANET

· Investigating the potential for hardware accelerating of artificial retina

· Mind game: Axis & Allies

· Tennis tournament organiser for a mobile phone

· VoIP simulator

Furthermore for students hoping to continue into research, we have seven major research groups: computer vision and graphics; embedded, networked, and distributed systems; formal analysis, theory, and algorithms; human computer interaction; inference, dynamics, and interaction; information retrieval; software engineering and information security. Most MSc students choose projects offered by these groups, giving them an opportunity to go on to PhD study.

Information for international students

General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations35
Written coursework / continuous assessment15
Professional practice5
Dissertation45 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Ron Poet