Taught course

Advanced Computer Science

University of York · Department of Computer Science

Entry requirements

2:2 or equivalent in Computer Science or a related discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong background in the following essential criteria: Discrete Mathematics, Software Engineering, Programming, and a knowledge of basic algorithms.

Months of entry


Course content

The Advanced Computer Science MSc course will enable you to develop a high level of understanding and technical skill at the leading edge of the subject.

This course has been specifically designed to address the pace of change in this vibrant discipline by giving you breadth of knowledge in several areas, a range of advanced skills, and the expertise necessary to engage in work at the forefront of the application of computer science.

You will gain experience of working as part of a highly-specialised research group through the significant individual project which is an integral part of the course.

This is a full-time, one year taught course, intended for students who already have a good first degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a closely related discipline, who would like to develop a deeper level of understanding and technical skill.

The course will build on your existing strong foundation in computer science. It will enable you to undertake more senior roles in the IT industry, engage in cutting-edge research and development or progress to a Computer Science PhD once you have successfully completed the course.

Information for international students

f English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement

IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component

Cambridge CEFR B2 First: 176, with 169 in each component

Oxford ELLT 7, minimum of 6 in each component

Duolingo 120, minimum 105 in all other components

LanguageCert SELT B2 with 33/50 in each component

LanguageCert Academic 70 with a minimum of 65 in each component

KITE 459-494, with 426-458 in all other components

Skills for English B2: Merit overall, with Pass with Merit in each component

PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component

TOEFL 87, minimum 21 in each component

Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you haven't met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Admissions
+44 (0)1904 325412