This is a high quality course aimed at imparting advanced knowledge across a broad range of Computer Science and offering training in advanced skills. It is suitable for those who wish to enhance their computing skills in order to improve their contribution to IT-related industry or to pursue R&D in academia or industry.
A student following the Advanced Computer Science course chooses two from about a dozen themes, each of which combines two related course units that build on top of each other. Certain combinations are integrated into specialised 'pathways' . A student who opts to follow the pathways will have the pathway specialism included in their degree certificate.
Teaching and learning
Computational thinking is becoming increasingly pervasive and is informing our understanding of phenomena across a range of areas; from engineering and physical sciences, to business and society. This is reflected in the way the Manchester course is taught, with students able to choose from an extremely broad range of units that not only cover core computer science topics, but that draw on our interdisciplinary research strengths in areas such as Medical and Health Sciences, Life Sciences and Humanities.
Coursework and assessment
Lectures and seminars are supported by practical exercises that impart skills as well as knowledge. These skills are augmented through an MSc project that enables students to put into practice the techniques they have been taught throughout the course.
-Newly refurbished computing labs furnished with modern desktop computers -Access to world leading academic staff -Collaborative working labs complete with specialist computing and audio visual equipment to support group working -Over 300 Computers in the School dedicated exclusively for the use of our students -An Advanced Interfaces Laboratory to explore real time collaborative working -A Nanotechnology Centre for the fabrication of new generation electronic devices -An e-Science Centre and Access Grid facility for worldwide collaboration over the internet -Access to a range of Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) -Specialist electronic system design and computer engineering tools
The MSc in Advanced Computer Science has an excellent record of employment for its graduates. Opportunities exist in fields as diverse as finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, and public services - virtually all areas of business and society. Our courses are considered among the best in the country and our graduates are actively targeted for the very top jobs in industry and academia. The MSc is also a route to further study at research level, or to careers in industrial or academic research.
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.
This programme is CEng accredited and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with CEng accredited Bachelors programme.
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.
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.
We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in computer science, or in a joint degree with at least 50% computer science content. Applicants with extensive computer science industrial experience and a good honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.
Recipient: University of Manchester
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