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MSc in Advanced Computer Science

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About the course

Computer science has an ever-greater influence on our lives, and the technological breakthroughs of today shape the way we live tomorrow. Opportunities continue to grow for highly skilled practitioners, and the taught Masters course allows you to make great advancements on your existing skills and knowledge. By the end of the programme you will be equipped to thrive in one of the fastest moving industries in the world.

You will learn specialist computer science techniques and fundamental theories, but you’ll also have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice by developing applications and working with real software. We cover a range of topics, including real time graphics and computational science, and you can choose from options including artificial intelligence, robotics and visualisation – built upon a solid foundation of good programming skills.

The course begins each September each year and lasts twelve months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester – immediately before the dissertation, adding an extra three months of study but letting you gain insights into industry through a module based on commercial practice, typically working with commercial clients and software.

The Department of Computer Science creates an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.

Key facts

Tuition fees

UK/EU: £7,275 full-time

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,280 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £16,000 full-time


More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 Bachelor Honours (or equivalent) in “Computer Science” or “Software Engineering” with at least 40 credits (or equivalent) of a high-level objected oriented programming language such as Java, C or C#. In addition, your personal statement needs to highlight the extent of your programming experience (especially object-oriented), stating languages used and levels of proficiency in each.

You must be able to independently develop software in Java, C or C# before you start this programme. As this is an essential prerequisite, all candidates will complete a programming audit test on arrival. Should you not demonstrate the skills required, we will seek to transfer you to the closest related computer MSc programme that does not have this requirement.

If you would like to discuss any of the above requirements and see whether your degree and / or professional experience is a sufficient  preparation for this programme, you can contact the Academic Manager for Computer Science, Peter Robinson, at P.A.Robinson@hull.ac.uk

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Study information

This MSc programme is designed to support students with various levels of computing and programming practice experience. However, it is particularly suited to those with significant experience of writing code.

There is a focus on the transition to further postgraduate study, with suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists.

In lectures you’ll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.

Core modules

  • C++ Programming and Design
  • Real Time Graphics
  • Image Analysis
  • Simulation and Artificial Intelligence
  • Visualization
  • Development Project

Optional modules

  • The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module extends the MSc to a 4-trimestr length degree, enabling you to gain meaningful commercial experience

Dissertation

  • Up to 20,000 words. There is the option of taking this in either trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module.

Teaching and learning

We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. These will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.

As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.

Assessment

Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. Written coursework is used to complement this. The largest assessment is the dissertation.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

The MSc Advanced Computer Science programme is designed to open pathways to postgraduate research, as well as a wide range of careers. The computational science module introduces concepts and ideas which will help prepare you for further study; the industrial placement option, meanwhile, will enable you to practise your skills and knowledge of computer science in situ, giving you a useful insight and advantage when it comes to starting your career.

We have a range of inspirational extra-curricular activities including the Three Thing Game, Imagine Cup Worldwide Software Development Challenge, Really Useful Seminars and Global Game Jam. They are designed to boost your CV and employability, and taking part costs very little.

Our MSc graduates typically gain roles including: applications developer; business systems analyst; computer analyst; computer programmer; computer operations manager; data management analyst; database assistant; developer support engineer; games programmer; games programmer (engine design); information manager; IT design; IT systems manager; IT technician; IT user support; mobile developer; operations director; software designer; software developer; software engineer; solutions developer; systems engineer; technical sales; technical specialist; and web developer.