Taught course

Computer Science Degree (with English Language) (MSc)

University of St Andrews · School of Computer Science

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in Computer Science.

Months of entry


Course content

The degree is taught by the School of Computer Science and by English Language Teaching. In the first semester, which starts in January, all students take a Programming module in addition to two English language modules.

Course options

For students with a degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, such as Information Systems or Engineering:

For students who do not necessarily have a Computer Science background but are able to demonstrate proficiency in programming:

For students who do not necessarily have any prior knowledge of Computer Science, IT, programming, or management:


  • This programme offers an innovative way to start your degree with a structure that allows you to continue developing your knowledge of English.
  • You will study both Computer Science and English Language modules – for credit – right from the start.
  • The University’s School of Computer Science is ranked second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • One visa covers the full length of the programme.
  • After the first taught semester, you will continue onto a suitable Masters degree in Computer Science based on your performance on the initial Programming module. This also provides you with a high level of flexibility of study.

Teaching format

The taught portion of the MSc programme includes eleven modules: three related to English Language and eight specific to Computer Science. Class sizes typically range from 10 to 50 students.

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • practical classes.

Most modules are assessed through practical coursework exercises and examinations.

All students are assigned an adviser who meets with them at the start of the year to discuss module choices and who is available to assist with any academic difficulties during the year. A designated member of staff provides close supervision for the MSc project and dissertation.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 3253