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MSc Advanced Computer Science

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

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

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

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

English language

In order to be accepted onto an MSc programme in the Department of Computer Science, applicants need to provide evidence of having achieved the required level in a recognised English language qualification.

We also accept many other English language qualifications from overseas, depending on the qualification, the scores obtained and the University's assessment of its academic suitability.

Please contact pgt.compsci@manchester.ac.uk  and we will be able to advise further.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course. Please contact us for further information: pgt-compsci@manchester.ac.uk

Application and selection

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.

Advice to applicants

We require references from two people who have knowledge of your academic ability in support of your application, although we can process your application with one academic reference. In most cases, these should be academic references, from a lecturer or professor at your last university. In some cases (for example, if your academic studies occurred some time ago), it might be more appropriate to submit recommendations from those familiar with your professional experience. If you have difficulty in identifying suitable referees you should ask for advice from the admissions team for your course. We will contact your referees directly after you submit your application and direct them to complete our online reference form.

How your application is considered

We consider your full academic history including which course units you have taken and the marks obtained. Even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant course units in our final decision making.

If you graduated more than three years ago, we will also consider the information contained on your CV and any relevant work experience you have to assess if you are still able to fulfil the entry criteria.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 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.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

If you have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, please send a copy of your previous CAS statement to us as it will assist with the issue of your new CAS statement. This includes study in the UK on study abroad programmes and any study that you did not complete.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. The Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are not accepted for this course. If you receive an offer for 2021 entry and decide not to accept it, should you subsequently wish to be considered for 2022 entry you must re-apply.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

With our Advanced Computer Science MSc you will have the flexibility to tailor your learning and pursue the topics that interest you most. You have the opportunity to choose three from around nine themes, each of which combines around two related course units that build on top of each other.

Certain combinations are integrated into specialised pathways , including advanced web technologies, artificial intelligence, computer security, data and knowledge management, digital biology, and software engineering.

Computational thinking is becoming increasingly pervasive and is informing our understanding of phenomena across a range of areas; from engineering and physical sciences, to business and society. With the Advanced Computer Science MSc you will learn from world-leading academic staff to amplify your skills ahead of a successful career in either industry or academia.

Aims

  • You will progress down your own chosen pathway, taking advantage of the flexibility of units on offer.
  • You will boost your employability across nearly all areas of business and society, with the technical skills you acquire being in great demand.

Special features

Flexibility

You will choose three from nine themes, each of which combines two related course units that build on top of each other.

Strong links with employers

We maintain close relationships with potential employers and run various activities throughout the year, including career fairs, guest lectures, and projects run jointly with partners from industry.

Excellent facilities

You will have access to a fantastic range of facilities and equipment.

Teaching and learning

You can choose from a broad range of units, including core computer science topics and Digital Biology and Health Informatics.

Coursework and assessment

You will learn through a mix of lectures and seminars, and supported by practical exercises. These skills are augmented through an MSc project, enabling you to put into practice the techniques you have been taught throughout the course.

Course unit details

This is a high quality course aimed at imparting advanced knowledge across a broad range of Computer Science and offering training in advanced skills. It is suitable for those who wish to enhance their computing skills in order to improve their contribution to IT-related industry or to pursue R&D in academia or industry.

A student following the Advanced Computer Science course chooses two from about a dozen themes, each of which combines two related course units that build on top of each other. Certain combinations are integrated into specialised  pathways . A student who opts to follow the pathways will have the pathway specialism included in their degree certificate.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Masters Project COMP66090 90 Mandatory
Automated Reasoning and Verification COMP60332 15 Optional
Modelling Data on the Web COMP60411 15 Optional
Principles of Digital Biology COMP60532 15 Optional
Introduction to Health Informatics COMP60542 15 Optional
Data Engineering COMP60711 15 Optional
Systems Governance COMP60721 15 Optional
Foundations of Machine Learning COMP61011 15 Optional
Representation Learning COMP61021 15 Optional
Text Mining COMP61332 15 Optional
Computer Vision COMP61342 15 Optional
Cryptography COMP61411 15 Optional
Cyber Security COMP61421 15 Optional
Querying Data on the Web COMP62421 15 Optional
Agile and Test-Driven Development COMP62521 15 Optional
Pattern-Based Software Development COMP62542 15 Optional
Software Security COMP63342 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 17 course units

Additional fee information

What our students say

Facilities

Our computer science facilities are second-to-none, with a vast range of leading equipment - including newly-refurbished computing labs furnished with modern desktop computers, and collaborative working labs boasting specialist computing and audio-visual equipment to support group working. In total, we have more than 300 computers across the Department of Computer Science.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

You will join the many Advanced Computer Science MSc graduates who have gone on to secure promising employment opportunities across nearly all areas of business and society. Whether in finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, public services and more, you will find your MSc award opens doors.

Our courses are considered among the best in the country, and our graduates are actively targeted for the very top jobs in industry and academia. In fact, Manchester was named the most targeted university in The Graduate Market in 2020 - High Fliers Research .

The MSc in Advanced Computer Science can also provide a smooth route to further study at research level, or to careers in industrial or academic research.