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Advanced Computer Science - MSc

Newcastle University    School of Computing

Full time & Part time See Course MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

Our Advanced Computer Science MSc provides you with a flexible training programme in a range of emerging computer science topics including: cloud computing; security and trust; resilience; human computer interaction; and mobile and distributed systems. You will develop technical and professional skills that will underpin your future career in computing.

The course is intended for honours graduates within computing science, or a discipline with a significant computing component (eg engineering, systems engineering or mathematics). We also value relevant industrial computing experience and transferable skills.

We provide flexible study options so you can tailor your module choices to match your interests and skills. You can select from a wide range of taught modules in the first half of the course and then select your own focus for the final project. Comprehensive computer science research training will help to develop your skills in computer and information systems, providing a basis for PhD study. The course will also develop your technical and professional skills to underpin personal development and future career success.

The course is demanding and rewarding with close links to ongoing research in the School of Computing Science. We have leading international research groups and three research centres focusing on a wide range of computer science fields, including:
-Security and resilience
-Dependable systems
-Cloud computing

Our staff teaching you have international reputations for their contributions to the field and some have extensive experience as practitioners in industry.

As a student on this course, you will be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the School, participating in seminars delivered by distinguished external speakers. Our experienced and helpful staff will be happy to offer support with all aspects of your course from admissions to graduation and developing your career.


You can study over one year full time, or two years part time, leading to the award of an MSc. It will provide you with the skills to be able to pursue a career as a software architect or project manager. You will also be able to undertake basic research or establish your own consulting or software development company.

The first two semesters consist of lectures totalling about 20 hours per week. You will then undertake written assessments. You will also complete a substantial amount of supervised and unsupervised practical work.

We teach the topics covered at an advanced level and they have close links to the research strengths of the School. We will introduce you to the latest developments in the fields covered. You will focus on both the theory and application of the associated techniques.

The topics covered include:
-Advanced programming
-Distributed algorithms
-Information management
-Safety and dependable systems
-Security and trust
-Formal modelling and system validation
-Internet programming
-Human factors engineering

A team project is also incorporated into the course to provide an opportunity for the development of team working skills.

Project work

During the course you will also complete an individual project. This five month project gives you an opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in depth, and to work in a research or development team. You will have one-to-one supervision from an experienced member of staff, supported with supervision from industry partners as required.

The project can be carried out in:
-One of the research groups at Newcastle
-An industry laboratory
-Your place of work


We have a policy of seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all of our degrees, so you can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.

The School of Computing Science at Newcastle University is an accredited and a recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.
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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in computing science (though students who have a 2:2 with strong, relevant industrial experience will be considered). We also accept subjects with a significant computing component, such as engineering, systems engineering and mathematics.

We also value relevant industrial computing experience and transferable skills.

English Language Requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.

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