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Master of Science in Computer Science

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023


Leigh Marine Campus


The Master of Science (MSc) programme enables you to pursue advanced study in your area of interest with the opportunity to work on independent research.

Programme overview

Studying for an MSc is an opportunity for committed scientists to focus on a relevant area of interest or practise and pursue an advanced qualification. While taught masters will provide you with specialist training in your chosen field, a research masters will develop advanced research skills, working alongside Faculty of Science researchers - many of whom are major contributors in their field. Late Year Semester will start in November.

120-point MSc

Most students enter an MSc following completion of a PGDipSci. You will need to complete 120 points (maximum of 160 points) in a specialisation within one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study (research masters) or four years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

240-point MSc

If you enter a MSc directly from an undergraduate degree you will need to complete 240 points (maximum of 280 points) in a specialisation in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study (research masters) or six years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

Computer Science

Postgraduate study in Computer Science is divided into two general areas: software systems and the theory of computing. Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Algorithms and theory of computation
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computational biology
  • Computational social science
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer networks
  • Computer vision
  • Computing education and learning technologies
  • Cyber security
  • Data science and machine learning
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Internet and mobile computing
  • Knowledge and database
  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Quantum information science
  • Software design and quality

Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science 120-point (one-year) research masters

Master of Science in Computer Science: COMPSCI 796 MSc Thesis in Computer Science

Where can postgraduate study in Computer Science take you?

The heavy reliance on networks and the explosive growth of the internet have created a particular demand for people with skills in data communications, network design, cyber security, web development, and object-oriented programming. Software design and development, data analysis, and user experience (UX) research and design are also in high demand.

Jobs related to Computer Science include:

  • Analyst/Programmer
  • Applications developer/engineer/programmer
  • Cyber and Information Security analyst/consultant/manager
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Games developer
  • ICT consultant / technician
  • Information systems manager
  • Mobile developer
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Software developer/engineer/programmer
  • Software tester
  • Systems analyst
  • UX designer/researcher
  • Web designer/developer

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Entry criteria

Research 120 points:

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a similar field to your intended specialisation. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Research 240 points:

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science in a similar field to your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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