Taught course

Advanced Computer Science

University of Reading · School of Systems Engineering

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class UK honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in computing or a related discipline or relevant work experience. See website for more details.

Months of entry


Course content

Computer Science offers a challenging, flexible scheme of study that is invigorated by the research interests and expertise of our academics, and by our strong links with high-tech local industry. Our excellent facilities include approximately 200 workstations with a virtual infrastructure for remote connection to a secure virtual private network, a Power Wall, a walk-in immersive virtual reality system and a big data computing cluster. Reading is at the centre of the Thames Valley on the M4 corridor, which is a major high-technology hub. Our ideal location provides many links with local industry and global companies. As a result of this, we have a particularly lively programme of both pure and applied research in a diverse range of topics. These include data science, big data analytics, machine learning, computational science and computer vision, as well as excellent placement and graduate job opportunities. Our compulsory modules are taught in week-long blocks, making them suitable for taking on an ad-hoc basis as part of an individual’s continuing professional development.

• Join the next generation of data scientists; high ranking professionals in the world of big data

• Develop in-depth knowledge on the analysis of data, data-driven knowledge discovery and advanced computing for big data

• Part-time and flexible teaching modes available

• Strong career prospects as big data analytics is the next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity

Career prospects for the students of this programme tend to be strong as the knowledge and skills acquired are very relevant not only to the IT and high-tech industry, but also in the large majority of the industrial and scientific domains. Computing is now the science underpinning most industrial and academic areas with the advent of big data and data intensive discovery as the fourth scientific paradigm. Moreover, digital information has penetrated almost every aspect of today’s society. Graduates are normally employed in a large variety of sectors. Some graduates will join large multinational companies; others join smaller companies and consultancies; and some may well choose to further their research at Reading or another university.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see the website for fee information.
International students
Please see the website for fee information.

Qualification and course duration


up to 60 months
part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Systems Engineering