Taught course

Computing and Information Technology (MSc)

Institution
University of St Andrews · School of Computer Science
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MSc in Computing and Information Technology is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Computer Science. The course consists of two semesters of taught components followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August.

Highlights

  • The course is designed to be flexible to allow students the freedom to pursue their own interests within computer science.
  • The course introduces students to programming skills in a modern software development environment.
  • Students undertake a significant project, including a wide-ranging investigation, leading to their dissertation, which enables them to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking.
  • Students have 24-hour access to modern computing laboratories, provisioned with dual-screen PC workstations and group-working facilities.

After the first semester, students may switch to the more general MSc in Information Technology, in which programming modules are not required.

Teaching format

The taught portion of the MSc programme includes eight modules: three compulsory and five optional from a wide range available. Teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • practical classes.

Class sizes typically range from 10 to 50 students. Most modules are assessed through practical coursework exercises and examinations.

All students are assigned an advisor 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.

Modules

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 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,500
International students
EU: £8,500 Overseas: £20,980

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
msc-admin-cs@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 3253