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ACS: Semantic Technologies MSc

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Degree awarded
12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in computer science, or in a joint degree with at least 50% computer science content. Applicants with extensive computer science industrial experience and a good honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.

Thus we assume that all students on the course have a good background in computer science, reflected, for example, in solid programing and software development skills.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received this year, the School of Computer Science has introduced an application deadline for overseas applicants of Friday 6th February 2015 , by which time all applications for 2015 entry must be submitted via our online application system. Any applications received beyond this date will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

We will continue to accept and consider applications from UK/EU students beyond this point due to the nature of the typical application window within the UK and Europe.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Semantic Technologies is a relatively new term that describes all areas concerned with using and developing software and methodologies for meaning-centred manipulation of information. The aim is to provide software and methodologies so that web resources, data in databases and raw data associated with programs can be processed and manipulated in a more intelligent way.  This requires storing, understanding, manipulating and reasoning about the meaning of the data.  Semantic technologies are increasingly being used in such varied applications as the semantic web, health care and biomedical domains, the life sciences, software/hardware industries and the automotive industry.

The Semantic Technologies pathway combines themes such as 'Data on the Web' with 'Ontology Engineering and Automated Reasoning'. These core offerings can be combined with any other theme. Good complementary themes are Data Engineering, Managing Data, Learning from Data, Security and Software Engineering.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £20,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Computer Science
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Officer
+44 (0)161 275 6181
+44 (0)161 275 6204
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