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With no specific subject qualification required, this course offers an opportunity for non-computing graduates to pursue a career in computing. Boost your career and access roles in a rapidly growing industry with an MSc qualification in a highly in demand skill set.

Course outline

This programme will give you the skills and experience to become an industry-accredited professional. 

  • Be prepared to respond to the computing challenges of the business world; 
  • Gain the theoretical underpinning needed to support sound analysis, design and delivery of technology solutions; 
  • Develop a systematic understanding of the software development process; as well as practical software and information systems engineering capabilities based on well-founded principles; 
  • Be able to communicate in an IT context and gain graduate-level transferable skills;
  • Get professional experience and a wide perspective on IT and business through employment at collaborating host companies, or the Aston student-run software company;
  • Prepare yourself for an effective career in IT with the potential to reach leadership roles.

The MSc Computer Science programme will enable students to develop a systematic understanding of the software development process, and the associated professional skills necessary in practice.

Subject guide and modules

These modules are examples only and subject to change, please check back for next year’s modules soon.

Core Modules

  • Foundations of Object-oriented Programming
  • Team Project
  • Software Engineering
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Dissertation 

Optional Modules*

  • Data Structures and Algorithms 
  • Software Project Management
  • Information Security
  • Reliability in Software Engineering
  • Data Mining 

*Availability of the optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Career prospects

The course has been specifically designed to prepare comprehensively trained Computing professionals, at the same time as addressing the skill gaps identified by the Digital Economy Unit and our own market research on demand for skills in the UK. 

On completion of the programme, you will be well equipped for a leadership role within the Computer Science industry.


Visit the Computer Science - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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