Research course

Computer Science (by research)

University of York · Department of Computer Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

The Masters in Computer Science (by research) is intended for students who already have a good first degree in Computer Science or a related field.

For entry to the Masters programme, you should have (or expect to obtain) a 2:1 or equivalent in Computer Science or a related discipline.

We are willing to consider your application if you do not meet our entry requirements; for example, if you have relevant work experience. However, you must satisfy us that your knowledge in Computer Science or a related field is appropriate for research study at Masters level in your subject area of interest.

Months of entry

April, October

Course content

A research degree gives you the opportunity to complete a piece of original research with expert guidance from world academics.

As a Masters by Research student, you can choose a specific research project and work with a greater degree of independence than on a taught masters course. The focus of your work will be an independent research project, and we will provide training which will equip you with skills in a wide range of research methods to support your growing expertise.

During your course, your academic progress will be assessed through a range of methods, including formal and informal meetings, written work, seminars and presentations. Your research will culminate in a thesis of up to 50,000 words, which is expected to display a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of the issues within your academic discipline.

Information for international students

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

IELTS 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each component.

For more information see our Postgraduate English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,650 per year F/T

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator