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Advanced Computer Science and IT Management - MSc

Course Description

Our MSc in Advanced Computer Science and IT Management is taught in collaboration with Manchester Business School. As such, the programme benefits from the offerings of both schools. Manchester Business School is the largest campus-based business and management school in the UK offering world-leading business education informed by leading edge theory and practice. Similarly, the School of Computer Science is renowned as a world-class centre of excellence in computing teaching and research.

This course is ideal for students who have the desire to drive technology into effective use in business. Information systems are pervasive in every aspect of industry, business and society and therefore there is growing demand for people who have a high level of technical knowledge and are prepared for a leadership role, utilising entrepreneurial and management skills in the solution of business problems. This course is centred around a Management theme, which encompasses relevant MBS course units, and combines it with a choice of complementary Computer Science themes such as Data Management, Software Engineering, and Advanced Web Technologies. The students take modules from 4 theme pools, two in IT Management and two in Computer Science. The course also provides a specialisation in Information Management.

Coursework and assessment

Teaching and assessment take place through small group lectures, supervised laboratory work, mini-projects and independent learning. Course units are assessed by a mixture of written examinations, computer based practical work, and a range of coursework assessments including assessed mini-projects, group projects, reports and essays. The MSc requires a project dissertation to be submitted.

Course unit details

The collaborative nature of the course ensures that students benefit from the offerings of both the School of Computer Science and the Manchester Business Scool. Taught course units can be chosen from the broad range of Advanced Computer Science course units. In addition, there are course units especailly developed by the Manchester Business School covering topics on computing and IT support for strategic analysis and management, strategic change and effective decision making in corporate organisations.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Advanced Computer Science with IT Management has an excellent record of employment for its graduates. They are clearly in demand by the IT industry and related sectors. The following indicates the areas in which our graduates have found work: Associate Consultant Business/IT consultant, Computer Programmer, Business Analyst, Graduate Trainee, IT Consultant, IT Contractor, Internet Developer, Consultant-Programmer analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Software Developer, Support Engineer, Teacher, Technical Consultant.

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.

Accrediting organisations

Dual accredited for CEng registration, for standard route IEng registration and Sydney Accord recognition.

Visit the Advanced Computer Science and IT Management - MSc page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

(Student Profile)


2347.jpg I studied for my MSc in Advanced Computer Science and IT Management at The University of Manchester. I graduated December 2012 and it truly was an amazing moment! Let me take you a year back, when I first arrived in Manchester.

I undertook my schooling and undergraduate course in India. Due to high competition and the global recession, I decided to further my studies with an advanced degree after completing my undergraduate course in Information Technology.

I loved cryptography and wanted to go deeper in the domain of Computer Security. We all know that the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester needs no introductions in this department.

I arrived in Manchester on 8th September 2011. The modules began in late September and, at first, I was facing difficulties in understanding the models. Fortunately, I was able to seek support from the professors after class.

I worked very hard during Christmas as it was a very busy time for me; preparing myself for the upcoming exams in January. I was half way through my course and online for a potential distinction. I now felt that I will be able to enjoy some time with my friends, knowing that I could handle the pressure of the course.

My MSc dissertation was based on tackling the security issues of an e-learning tool. During this time, I also applied for a PhD position on a project with INRIA (a prestigious research centre run by French government). With the support of my supervisor, Ms. Alexandria Walker, coupled with my own efforts, I was selected. She had helped me immensely during the course of the project. With her valuable advice, I was able to make the right decisions in time. The moment was unforgettable and I felt that I was on cloud nine.

After a few months, the final grades were published. I was one of the very few people in my department who was going to graduate with a Distinction. The graduation ceremony later that year was very special and I felt proud that I succeeded in my goal.

I met many new people during small parties and reunions, watched some high voltage soccer action at Jabez Clegg and had an unforgettable experience at the Manchester Museum. Also, another noteworthy experience was the Old Trafford tour organised by the School of Computer Science. I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life.

(Student Profile)


2348.jpg From the beginning of my time at Manchester, I liked both the campus and the city itself. I love how international the University is; sometimes you could actually forget that you are in the UK - instead it feels like a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities from all around the world.

I was looking for a degree that would combine the two worlds of computer science and management. The University of Manchester was one of the few Universities that offers such a balanced course, matching ideally with my requirements.

I enjoy the good mix of different assignments on the Computer Science and IT Management MSc. You are frequently expected to program in teams, do presentations, or write essays. In most of the classes the exam is worth just 50% of the final result.

I have gained a good set of leadership and teamwork skills, as well as developing a worldwide network of friends whom I have met during my studies here.

The city is exactly the right size – not too big or too small. There are always lots of things to do. At the same time the distances are small, you can just walk from the university to the city centre.

A degree from The University of Manchester is a valued trademark that will benefit my future career. I have secured a job in the UK and I saw first hand how much the University is trusted and valued by the recruiters.


Kilburn Scholarship - 5 Awards

The Kilburn Scholarships are in memory of Tom Kilburn, who in 1948 designed and built the world's first stored program computer here in Manchester. They are awarded on academic merit to home/EU or international students who we believe have the skills and aptitude to help the help the School build on Kilburn’s legacy of achievement and innovation.The award is available to self funded students, and to partially funded students where the sponsorship is insufficient to cover the total academic tuition fee. The award is in the form of a remission of fees up to the value of £2,000. Should students leave prior to the completion of the programme they will be required to refund the award in full.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The School of Computer Science has 5 Postgraduate Kilburn Scholarships available to students studying on a full time MSc taught programme in the School of Computer Science.

Application Procedure

Students who apply to the School of Computer Science are automatically considered for a Kilburn Scholarship based on their academic performance. There is no additional application process.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in computer science, or a joint degree with at least 50% computer science content.Applicants with a minimum of three years relevant computer science industrial experience and a first honours degree at the level of a first class or good 2(i) class, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.

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