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Advanced Computer Science (MSc)


Course Description

Overview

The MSc Advanced Computer Science course prepares students to work in roles that require the use of data management, analysis and presentation tools, the development of software to deliver services or to control complex processes and equipment, or to provide system analysis and development consultancy to a varied range of clients. The course does not require background in programming or data analysis and for those with no such background appropriate training is offered to catch up with others who already have such training or experience. The course aims to match the needs of business that compete globally in a world driven by advances in information technology. The programme aims to develop both technical and people skills making our graduates ready for jobs that offer high satisfaction and regular challenge at the same time. The first semester of the course is organised into modules delivered intensively over three week periods. The second semester is organised using usual semester-long modules with the difference that all these modules are assessed by coursework only. The summer semester is dedicated to a Master’s level research or development project

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/advancedcomputersciencemsc/

Course Aims

The aims of the programme are to equip students with knowledge of a range cutting-edge areas of computer science research and applications and to prepare students to be successful in a variety of computer science related jobs. The course covers advanced computer science topics, including user interaction design, big data, cloud computing, security, intelligent systems and mobile-oriented web applications. The course also provides a good grounding in collaborative team work and general skills for technology consultants.

Core Modules:

User Interaction Design (15 credits – Semester 1): The module provides the knowledge and skills required for a student to be able to work on User Interaction Design based on an evaluated assessment of the factors associated with a given application or user interaction scenario.

Distributed Intelligent Systems (15 credits – Semester 1): This module provides the knowledge and skills required for a student to be able to develop applications to control intelligent systems in a distributed and collaborative context, including the programming of robots or intelligent home appliances (e.g. TV, fridge, etc. equipped with embedded computers).

Statistical Techniques for Data Analytics (15 credits – Semester 1): This module provides the knowledge and skills required for a student to be able to develop applications to store, process, distribute, visualise and analyse large volumes of big data using distributed databases, statistical techniques and machine intelligence methods.

Cloud Computing (15 credits – Semester 2): The module provides the knowledge and skills required for a student to be able to understand the principles of operations of cloud computing and to develop applications for cloud computing environments, e.g. data storage and distribution, software-as-service, interactive content services.

Web Technologies and Security (15 credits – Semester 2): To module provided an understanding of contemporary web technologies used for both server and client side development of web applications, with particular focus on mobile applications, and an understanding of security aspects of such applications and of the defence methods and techniques employed to provide security.

Collaborative Application Development (15 credits – Semester 2): The module places students in a real world scenario requiring co-operation and communication as well as analysis and design skills. This will involve work for a real world client working as a development team.

Problem Solving Skills for Consultants (15 credits – Semester 1 & 2): This module explores skills such as project management, communication and team working and building. It also provides knowledge of ethical, legal and social issues related to the development and deployment of Information Technology.

Optional Modules:

System Design & Programming (15 credits – Semester 1): This module provides the knowledge and skills required for a student to be able to design software systems and write object oriented programs in an appropriate programming language (e.g. Java, C#).

Research Horizons (15 credits – Semester 1): To module provides the knowledge for a student about a selected computer science research area and the skills required for the development of a mini-project in this area

Project or Industrial Placement

MSc Project or Industrial Placement (60 credits – Semester 3): Provides an integration of concepts taught on the course in either an academic or business environment

Teaching & Assessment

All first semester 15 – credit taught modules, with the exception of one module delivered over two semesters, will be delivered in block mode, i.e. each of these modules will be delivered over a period of six consecutive weeks. In any week at most two block mode modules will be scheduled to be delivered during the first semester. All taught modules in the second semester are delivered along the whole semester.

The taught modules are mainly assessed by coursework, with examinations in some of the modules. Project assessment is based largely on a substantial final report.

Additional Costs

Additional costs may be incurred for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines. Some travel costs may be incurred if an external project or placement is undertaken; any such costs will be discussed with the student before the project is confirmed. It will be possible for the student to select an internal project and that would not incur any additional travel costs.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

Visit the Advanced Computer Science (MSc) page on the Keele University website for more details!



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Student Profiles
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Keele Graduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

Eligibility
Students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction.The Keele Graduate Bursaries are available for all taught postgraduate courses other than those where financial support is already available - such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Social Work or certain courses where the student fee is directly funded by the National Health Service.Exceptions
Please note that this cannot be combined with other scholarships with the exception of the Faculty of Natural Science Bursary, and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

Available on taught postgraduate course tuition fees for all UK/EU students who have graduated either from a first degree programme, or the Certificate in Counselling at Keele.For International students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas, a discount of 15% of the taught postgraduate course fee is offered. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction.

Application Procedure

There is no application form for this award, it is automatically applied.The £1,000, or 15%, will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, deductions will be made on a pro rata basis.Please note: to obtain the discount you must begin postgraduate study during 2015 or 2016. For further information about our postgraduate bursaries and scholarships for UK and EU students, contact [email protected]; if you are an international student contact [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Keele International Student Scholarship (KISS) scheme - 20+ Awards

EligibilityThe Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas:
Academic qualifications,
English Language ability,
Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele,
Extra-curricular or work experience
This award is for international fee payers only and can not be combined with any other University funded scholarship or bursary which is intended for international fee paying students. In cases where an applicant is eligible for more than one award, the highest value award will be applied.Exceptions
Please note that this scholarship cannot be combined with any other Keele scholarship. In cases where an application is awarded more than one Keele scholarship, the highest value will apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000 towards the cost of annual tuition fees

Eligibility

The Keele International Student Scholarship for postgraduate students is worth GBP3000 deducted from the cost of your tuition fees. Last year our successful applicants came from a variety of countries including China, India, Nigeria, South Africa and Vietnam and they applied for a diverse range of courses including Biomedical Blood Sciences; Finance and Management; Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice; and International Relations.

Application Procedure

To apply for the KIS Scholarship you must have applied to Keele and been offered a place to study here. You must then complete a separate application form (download KISS Application Form using the link below) Applications must have been received and processed before the start of academic year for which the application is made. KISS Scholarships cannot be awarded to students who have already started their degree at Keele.The International Scholarships Panel, which consists of Academic and International Office staff, will consider applications on a monthly basis. Only one application may be made and any applications made after the relevant deadline will be considered on a case by case basis. The Panel’s decision is final.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/kiss/


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North American Bursary - 20+ Awards

About the Award
Applicants from the USA and Canada intending to study a taught master’s course are automatically entitled to a 10% reduction on the published tuition fee.Eligibility
Applicants will be required to prove their nationality.Exceptions
Please note that this cannot be combined with any other scholarship and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.How to apply
There is no application form, the award is automatically applied.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% of overseas fees

Eligibility

Open to all American and Canadian students

Application Procedure

Automatic process - please flag eligibility during application

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/northamericanbursary/


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Keele Graduate Scholarship - 20+ Awards

Please note that PGCE and MA Social Work are not included in this award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

We will award a tuition fee discount of £500 to students who attain first class honours in their first undergraduate degree and come to Keele to study a taught postgraduate course to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Application Procedure

Payment will be made pro rata for postgraduate study. You do not have to apply for this award. We will write to you by the end of October after enrolment to confirm the award.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Keele Access Scholarship - 20+ Awards

You may also be eligible to receive a Keele Access Scholarship if you have declared that you have a disability on your application for postgraduate study at Keele.

Value of Scholarship(s)

850

Eligibility

Please note that this bursary will take the form of a fee waiver which will be applied pro rata for part-time study. Fee waivers of up to £850 are being made available for students from backgrounds with low participation in higher education who wish to take a taught postgraduate course at Keele to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Application Procedure

You may be eligible for a scholarship if you live in an area of the UK from which very few students progress to higher education (officially defined as a Low Participation Neighbourhood). Check your area on our Access Scholarships - UK Postcode Checker.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Early Payment Incentive - 20+ Awards

About the Award
For students enrolling in January 2016 and September 2016 Keele University offers an Early Payment Incentive for all new self-funded international fee paying students who pay their full tuition fees (total tuition fees for taught postgraduates) before 5th January 2016 and 1st September 2016 respectively. The incentive will take the form of £500 on a KeeleCard for use in all campus facilities, to pay groceries, café and restaurant meals, printing and other services across all of the shops and food outlets at Keele.Exceptions
This offer is not valid for students enrolling on the International Foundation Year Programme or students transferring from StudyGroup. Students enrolled under full sponsorship or 100% scholarship cannot avail of this incentive. Research students and students on study abroad or exchange are not eligible. If a student subsequently withdraws from the University, the incentive will be deducted from any refund to which they are entitled.

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

All new self-funded international fee paying students who pay their full tuition fees before the 5th January 2016 if they are enrolling in January 2016, and before 1st September 2016 if they are enrolling in September 2016.

Application Procedure

How to apply
To get your hands on a KeeleCard pre-loaded with £500 all you have to do is pay for a year of your tuition fees before 1st September 2016. You can do this by bank transfer or over the phone with a credit card. You will find our bank details in your offer letter. Please remember to include your application number with your payment.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/earlypaymentincentivepg/


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International Smart Minds Scholarship - 5 Awards

About the AwardSmart Minds choose Keele!Keele University is pleased to offer 5 International Smart Mind Scholarships for taught postgraduate students at the value of £5,000 each. These Scholarships will be awarded to the best 5 entries to the International Smart Minds essay competition. The scholarships will be distributed amongst applicants from the following regional areas:
2 x East & South East Asia
1 x South Asia
1 x Africa
1 x UK International*
The scholarship will be applied as a tuition fee discount and no cash alternative is available.ExceptionsCurrent Keele undergraduate students are not eligible but will automatically be entitled to a Keele Graduate Bursary. More information can be found using the link below.Students who are sponsored by a third party outside of the family are not eligible for this scholarship.
The International Smart Minds scholarship cannot be combined with any other Keele scholarship. In cases where students are eligible for more than one scholarship, the highest value will apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

Before applying for the scholarship, applicants must have already made an application for a taught Master’s degree at Keele University, to begin in September 2016.It applies to international fee paying students who are expecting to graduate from their undergraduate degree at another UK university in July 2016 and are looking to progress on to a Master’s degree at Keele University.Any offer of scholarship will be conditional upon applicants meeting the academic and English language requirements for their chosen course as set out in the offer letter.

Application Procedure

Submit an essay of no more than 250 words to [email protected] telling us which Smart Mind has inspired you to pursue further studies in your subject area of choice. This could be your professor at university, a Nobel Prize winner, or another well-known figure in your area.
Essays should be typed/word processed and not handwritten.
Please remember to include your Keele ID number in your scholarship application.
The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday 31st March 2016.
Essays will be considered alongside the original application to study at Keele, personal statement and academic achievements and the awards made to the best all round candidates. The judging panel will comprise academic and professional staff representing all Schools and the International Office.
The judging panel’s decision is final.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/internationalsmartmindsscholarship/


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Santander Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

About the AwardIn partnership with Banco Santander, Keele University will be offering a number of postgraduate scholarships to outstanding candidates from South America. Each scholarship is worth £5000 and will be open to students applying to study a taught master’s degree in any discipline commencing January or September.For more information about the Santander Scholarships please email Kate Whiston, Deputy Head of International Recruitment: [email protected] read an interview with one of our 2014-2015 Santander Scholars, Fabian from Columbia, click here: http://www.keele.ac.uk/international/studentprofiles/scholarsstories/meetour2014-15scholars/ Exceptions
Students studying an MPhil or Masters by Research are not eligible.
Please note that the Santander Scholarship can be combined with a Keele International Student Scholarship and the Early Payment Incentive but no other awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

In order to be considered you must:Hold a conditional or unconditional offer for study on a postgraduate taught master’s degree at Keele University before November 30th 2014 for the January 2015 intake or by 30 June 2015 for the October intake.
Be resident in one of the following countries and liable to pay fees at the overseas student rates: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Application Procedure

How to apply
There is no application form, all eligible students will automatically be considered and scholarships will be awarded to students demonstrating academic excellence.Deadline: 30th June 2016

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/santanderscholarships/


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Keele in the USA and Keele in Canada Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Each year Keele University is delighted to welcome excellent students from the USA and Canada. Many Keele alumni live in North America and their generosity has enabled The Keele in the USA Foundation and Keele in Canada to extend exciting opportunities for students to benefit from a unique educational experience at Keele.Each Scholarship is currently the equivalent of $4,000 US (US Students) or $4,000 CDN (Canadian Students) at the prevailing rate of exchange in Pounds Sterling GBP after completing registration and commencing the relevant course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

$4,000

Eligibility

Applicants must show evidence of scholarly, academic or professional excellence and give good reasons for wishing to pursue study at Keele University.
Since 2011 these Scholarships have run in parallel with programmes offering further opportunities, including the Fulbright Commission and the Marshall Commission.
Keele in the USA Scholarships are offered to US citizens and Keele in Canada Scholarships are offered to Canadian citizens.

Application Procedure

Please see the application forms on the website link below.Deadline: 31st October 2016

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/keeleintheusaandkeeleincanada/



Entry Requirements

The typical admission requirement is a Second Class Honours or higher degree (overseas equivalent accepted) from an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of a university recognized as such by Keele University. Alternatively the applicant should have completed an approved pre-masters course.

Course Fees

UK/EU: Full-time £6,885; International: Full-time £13,585


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