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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September, October

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2018

Course content

The MSc Computer Science is a Masters degree course for students who have a first degree in a subject other than computing.

Established in 1969, it is now the longest-running conversion programme to computing in the UK. It is designed to give you a grounding in both the fundamentals of computer science and practical software development skills, and opens the

door to exciting new career opportunities in computer science and information technology.

Students with a computing degree cannot be considered for this course and should apply instead for the MSc Advanced Computer Science programme.

Course details

The programme is different to IT programmes, in that it is a technical degree with a significant programming component. It is designed to give you a grounding in both the fundamentals of computer science and practical software development skills with a choice of in-depth optional modules. Students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. Competency should be demonstrated in mathematics and scientific subjects, for example at 'advanced' high school level, which should allow understanding of the new Computer Science subjects.

The core components of this degree course are a software workshop, taught modules and a summer project. The software workshop involves two terms of intensive training in Java programming, including lectures, supervised laboratory work and small-group tutorials. 

The four summer months are spent working on your project. Projects vary from applied software engineering through to work that is linked to our research groups. The common factor is that almost all projects involve the development of a large software system. Usually, projects are selected from a list of topics proposed by the teaching staff (possibly on behalf of an external customer) or you can suggest your own project, providing it is appropriate.

Students join this programme from a wide range of first degrees, from the technical and scientific to the social sciences and humanities. Graduates of this degree are highly sought after by employers due to the special knowledge, expertise and skills acquired.

Learning and teaching

The core components of this degree course are a software workshop, taught modules and a summer project. The software workshop involves two terms of intensive training in Java programming, including lectures, supervised laboratory work and small-group tutorials. 

  • The Software Workshop module is currently assessed by assignments in the practical sessions, team project and a final examination.
  • Taught modules are assessed in a variety of ways: summer written examination, practical assessment or a mixture of both.
  • The project is assessed by a report, supported by a practical demonstration.

Employability

Many students graduating from this programme move into a wide variety of roles within industry and commerce.

Others use their new computing skills to start their own companies, enhance their employment prospects in work related to their first degree or decide to pursue further study in the field.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.


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

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