Our Computer Science masters enables students to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in a range of advanced topics in computer science. Core themes on the MSc Compter Science include programming languages and paradigms, specification, logic, program verification and object-oriented software development. Additional topics include system security, multimedia applications and internet application development.
We are looking for highly motivated graduates who are passionate about internet technologies and computer systems. Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree in computer science or a computer-related discipline including engineering and science and a substantial exposure to programming and IT . We exceptionally accept applicants with degrees in other disciplines, if they can demonstrate several years of relevant industrial experience. Non-native English speakers need an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.
What can you do with a Computing and IT degree?
The MSc Computer Science degree will prepare you for employment in a wide range of areas within the software industry and for further research. The focus on principles and concepts will provide you with the skills to undertake self-directed learning throughout your career.
There are three compulsory taught modules and one optional taught module. These are followed by an independent project. The course will provide you with a deep understanding of key concepts in computer programming, programming paradigms and software development and design, with a balance of computer science theory and practical, hands-on experience. You will also gain an under-standing of the professional, legal and ethical framework applicable to careers in computing.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, presentations, a project and unseen examinations.
- Data Analysis (30 Credits) - Optional
- This course will provide an overview of data analysis concepts by employing stat-of-the-art computer information technology such as grid computing in medical and healthcare informatics. These core concepts will be further explored from theory to application on medical imaging analysis and management rooted in the practical problems of clinical practice. Since the programme is highly interdisciplinary data from other modules in the programme will be applied in this module
- Designing and Developing Object-oriented Software (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module covers in-depth, object oriented design and development of software systems using an industry-standard programming language and integrated development environment. The course will guide the student learner through the key phases of a typical software development methodology, from requirements elicitation to development, and testing. The course will have a strong focus on the application of object-oriented software engineering design patterns and tiered software architectures
- Development Project (60 Credits) - Optional
- The module aims to develop student s skills in planning and execution of an analytical study and critical evaluation of real research results drawing on their acquired knowledge from other modules. In addition, the module aims to develop student s communication skills to enable them to communicate their findings in written and oral form.
- Fundamentals of Computer Programming (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module enables students to study a range of advanced topics related to computer programming. Students will learn about the functional programming paradigm and the development of applications within it. They will also learn about program verification and formal specification techniques
- Internet Media and Technology (30 Credits) - Optional
- This module aims at providing students with the experience of working with cutting edge multimedia technology while designing and experimenting with advanced interactive applications. The module focuses on interactive virtual tools and interactive digital-analogue environments, together with the user experience with such scenarios. The module embraces contemporary theory of user-experience and the symbiotic relationship between the human user and virtual environments.
- Internet Programming (30 Credits) - Optional
- The challenges and complexities of the construction of advanced internet-based software systems will be addressed together with a detailed understanding of modern client-server technologies. This is a field where the pace of change is rapid, and students will gain an understanding of significant concepts so as to be able to assess and evaluate alternative technologies and design solutions. Hands-on experience of constructing internet and distributed multimedia applications will be given, along with opportunities to question and adapt systems to take account of the problems of security, usability and accessibility of distributed internet applications and multimedia systems.
- Postgraduate and Professional Skills (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The module aims to provide students with the academic and professional skills and expertise needed to plan, run and report academic and professional projects. This includes advanced research and project management skills as well as academic writing skills at postgraduate level.
- Research Project (60 Credits) - Optional
- The module aims to develop student s skills in planning and execution of an analytical study and critical evaluation of real research results drawing on their acquired knowledge from other modules. In addition, the module aims to develop student s communication skills to enable them to communicate their findings in written and oral form. This module is where the interdisciplinary nature of the programme is demonstrated
- System Modelling and Simulation (30 Credits) - Optional
This module will enable students to understand the scientific methods underlying the modelling of real systems. It will further expand their understanding of a range of sophisticated mathematical techniques and simulation methods using the examples facilitated by biomedical systems. Case studies will be used to illustrate how models may be validated against real measurements. Since the programme is highly interdisciplinary data from other modules in the programme will be used in this module. Assessment procedures are designed to enable students to deliver academically nationally significant modelling performances.