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MSc Advanced Computer Science / Overview

Year of entry: 2022

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Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
12 months. [Full-time, September-September only]
Entry requirements

We require a First or strong Upper Second-class honours degree (2:1 with 65% average) from a UK university, or the overseas equivalent, in a Computer Science degree with a minimum of 50% Computer Science content.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. 

Applicants with extensive Computer Science industrial experience and a 2:I honours degree in Computer Science, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission. We also require that all applicants have a strong background in Computer Science reflected, for example, in solid programming and software development skills.

We accept a range of qualifications, and welcome applications from overseas applicants:

China: a minimum of 83% in a 4-year bachelor's degree from a well ranked institution.

India: a minimum of 70% (First Class with Distinction) in a BSc Eng, BEng or BTech degree from a prestigious institution

For further information on international entry requirements, please contact pgt.compsci@manchester.ac.uk

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

As there is a high demand for our courses we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places and high quality of applications that we receive, we give preference to students from high-ranking institutions and with grades above our minimum entry requirements.

Please ensure you submit all supporting documentation with your application before the application deadline to avoid a delay in processing.

Applications for 2022 entry  :

Stage 1  :  Application received by  12 November 2021;  Decision by  14 January 2022.

Stage 2  :  Application received by  7 January 2022;  Decision by  11 March 2022.

Stage 3  :  Application received by  4 March 2022;  Decision by  22 April 2022.

Stage 4  :  Application received by  27 May 2022;  Decision by  24 June 2022.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.

Please note:   All places are subject to availability and if you apply at one of the later stages, some courses may already be reaching capacity or be closed to further applications. We, therefore, recommend that you apply early in the cycle to avoid disappointment.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must demonstrate that they have met all the conditions of their offer by 31st July 2022.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Take your computer science understanding to the next level at the subject's birthplace: Manchester.
  • Choose from a broad range of units, including core computer science topics and branching out across Manchester's various interdisciplinary research strengths.
  • Tailor your route by choosing the topics that best suit your interests.

Open days

The University holds postgraduate taught open days regularly, where you have the opportunity to find out more about our courses, learn about the support we offer, and see our facilities. Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

View the recent postgraduate virtual open week recorded sessions.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £13,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £27,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £6,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £13,750

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and awards to outstanding UK and international students each year.

If you're a current or recent student at The University of Manchester and plan to start a master's course in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, you may be eligible for our Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes .

The University of Manchester is committed to widening participation in master's study, and allocates £300,000 in funding each year. Our Manchester Master's Bursaries are aimed at widening access to master's courses by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.

For more information, see the Department of Computer Science  Fees and funding page or visit the University of Manchester funding for master's courses website for more information.

Contact details

Department
Department of Computer Science
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4018
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/cs
School/Faculty

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