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Computer Science (MSc)

Course Description

We’re proud to have worked with local experts and employers to ensure our graduates have all the skills industry demands. Gain advanced level skills in the design, implementation and support of information systems. Explore infrastructure, application software and security measures.

Your course will have a new home in Compass House, which will extend our campus along East Road. You’ll have the latest technology at your fingertips and be able to collaborate with other students on innovative projects to hone your skills.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/computer-science

We’ll cover all aspects of technologies and user environments, along with the skills to create and manage IT solutions. This will include how to apply hardware and software technology to complex user requirements, and ensure their systems are secure. You’ll diagnose problems and respond to operational challenges.

You’ll gain practical experience in our advanced computing laboratories, setting up infrastructure and creating database applications, multimedia tools, browsers and server architecture.

Our course keeps you up-to-date with latest topics and developments in areas such as web applications and e-business engineering. Along the way you’ll acquire the research skills you need to prepare you for your dissertation.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/computer-science

There is currently a continued growth in demand for specialists in computer science and our course builds on the subject's core principles, with a specific focus on the issues involved in implementing and maintaining an information system, as well as its design and development.

This course aims to provide you with:
• the intellectual competencies to pursue personal career goals and aspirations within the IT industry
• the ability to design and implement an information system
• skills to respond to challenging situations, including problem diagnosis, and confidence in selecting appropriate solutions
• an awareness of the moral and ethical issues that an information system might impact on, and the ability to implement IT strategies to • conform with appropriate moral and ethical guideline constraints
• the ability to evaluate the security of existing information systems and to encapsulate appropriate secure controls with the design of such systems

It will cover relevant aspects of software development, design and the technical infrastructures of an information system. During your studies you will be expected to develop software applications to support databases, multimedia tools, browsers, servers and to set up the infrastructure to support them.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• utilise an extensive, in-depth knowledge of the concepts and theory of information systems and their design
• communicate an awareness of current research and developments within the discipline, which you can evaluate and critically appraise
• recognise your obligations to function in a professional, moral and ethical way
• interact with others to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas that information systems and scenarios produce, and proactively formulate solutions
• exhibit an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of information systems design and implementation
• undertake the analysis of complex information systems scenarios even when the scenario is incomplete or contradictory, and communicate the outcome in a coherent, complete and useful form
• apply your knowledge of the discipline, both at a fundamental and leading-edge level to synthesise information which may be innovative
• act autonomously at a professional level when developing information system-based solutions, particularly when involving complex and unpredictable scenarios


You’ll learn how to lead teams, preparing you for management roles including; support expert, systems administrator or internet software developer. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Computer Science PhD.

Core modules:

Developing Web Applications
e-Business Engineering
IT Infrastructures
Secure Systems
Research Methods
Postgraduate Major Project


We’ll assess the application of your technical knowledge through written assignments, software projects, presentations, and a dissertation module.

Specialist facilities

In our computer science laboratories you’ll have access to a range of different desktops, servers and operating systems. You’ll have the additional advantage of free access to a range of software resources from the Microsoft Academic Alliance. Our Netlab gives you 24hr remote access to software.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Visit the Computer Science (MSc) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Praveen Kumar

I chose Anglia Ruskin because the course matched closely with my previous work experience (including network security and user experience) and also definitely for the Cambridge campus, what with all the history involved in the city - many of our leaders in India have been educated in Cambridge.

When I applied for the course I was able to meet with a representative from Anglia Ruskin in India, who helped me complete all the application forms, and was also kind enough to offer me a scholarship, which really meant a lot.'


Entry Requirements

A first degree, with honours, in a related subject and at a minimum final classification of lower second (2:2) or equivalent. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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