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MSc Advanced Computer Science

Year of entry: 2019

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 or 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 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.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

As there is high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year.  Due to the competition for places, we give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements.  

Applications for 2019 entry:

Stage 1: Application received by 2 November 2018; Decision by 11 January 2019.

Stage 2: Application received by  4 January 2019; Decision by 1 March 2019.

Stage 3: Application received by 8 March 2019; Decision by 26 April 2019.

Stage 4: Application received by 31 May 2019; Decision by 28 June 2019.

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.

We can only process applications that are submitted with the following supporting documents:

  • Online application form
  • First and second year transcripts (translated if not in English)
  • A list of your final year units and a GPA certificate which shows your current average, expressed as a percentage and verified by your current institution.
  • Two academic reference letters, or a professional reference letter if you graduated more than two years ago

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion.

Course options

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

Course description

A student following the Advanced Computer Science course chooses two from about a dozen themes, each of which combines around four related course units that build on top of each other. Certain combinations are integrated into specialised  pathways .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £11,000
    International students (per annum): £23,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,500
    International students (per annum): £11,500

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.

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).

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Computer Science
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Officer
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 6181
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 6204
Email
Website
http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/study/taught-masters/
School/Faculty

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree or 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 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.

English language

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

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 high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year.  Due to the competition for places, we give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements.  

Applications for 2019 entry:

Stage 1: Application received by 2 November 2018; Decision by 11 January 2019.

Stage 2: Application received by  4 January 2019; Decision by 1 March 2019.

Stage 3: Application received by 8 March 2019; Decision by 26 April 2019.

Stage 4: Application received by 31 May 2019; Decision by 28 June 2019.

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.

We can only process applications that are submitted with the following supporting documents:

  • Online application form
  • First and second year transcripts (translated if not in English)
  • A list of your final year units and a GPA certificate which shows your current average, expressed as a percentage and verified by your current institution.
  • Two academic reference letters, or a professional reference letter if you graduated more than two years ago

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion.

Advice to applicants

Apply online

As there is high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year.  Due to the competition for places, we give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements.  

Applications for 2019 entry:

Stage 1: Application received by 2 November 2018; Decision by 11 January 2019.

Stage 2: Application received by  4 January 2019; Decision by 1 March 2019.

Stage 3: Application received by 8 March 2019; Decision by 26 April 2019.

Stage 4: Application received by 31 May 2019; Decision by 28 June 2019.

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.

We can only process applications that are submitted with the following supporting documents:

  • Online application form
  • First and second year transcripts (translated if not in English)
  • A list of your final year units and a GPA certificate which shows your current average, expressed as a percentage and verified by your current institution.
  • Two academic reference letters, or a professional reference letter if you graduated more than two years ago

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are not accepted for this course. If you receive an offer for 2019 entry and decide not to accept it, should you subsequently wish to be considered for 2020 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

A student following the Advanced Computer Science course chooses two from about a dozen themes, each of which combines around four related course units that build on top of each other. Certain combinations are integrated into specialised  pathways .

Teaching and learning

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. This is reflected in the way the Manchester course is taught, with students able to choose from an extremely broad range of units that not only cover core computer science topics, but that draw on our interdisciplinary research strengths in areas such as Medical and Health Sciences, Life Sciences and Humanities.

Coursework and assessment

Lectures and seminars are supported by practical exercises that impart skills as well as knowledge. These skills are augmented through an MSc project that enables students to put into practice the techniques they 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
Introduction to Health Informatics COMP60921 15 Optional
Foundations of Machine Learning COMP61011 15 Optional
Modelling and Visualisation of High-Dimensional Data COMP61021 15 Optional
Text Mining COMP61332 15 Optional
Computer Vision COMP61342 15 Optional
Cryptography COMP61411 15 Optional
Cyber Security COMP61421 15 Optional
Software Engineering Concepts in Practice COMP61511 15 Optional
Ontology Engineering for the Semantic Web COMP62342 15 Optional
Querying Data on the Web COMP62421 15 Optional
Agile and Test-Driven Development COMP62521 15 Optional
Component-based Software Development COMP62532 15 Optional
Pattern-Based Software Development COMP62542 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 20 course units

Additional fee information

Facilities

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

The MSc in Advanced Computer Science has an excellent record of employment for its graduates. Opportunities exist in fields as diverse as finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, and public services - virtually all areas of business and society. 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. The MSc is also a route to further study at research level, or to careers in industrial or academic research.

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. This is managed by our Employability Tutor; see the School of Computer Science's employability pages for more information.