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Computer Science with English for Academic Purposes - Graduate Diploma


Course Description

This course is for you if you need to improve your language skills and subject knowledge of computing before going on to a Masters course. You improve your English language fluency and academic vocabulary, develop your academic skills, and gain experience of western methods of teaching and learning so that you can progress onto a relevant Masters course in our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.

At Essex, you can progress onto our MSc Advanced Computer Science, MSc Advanced Web Engineering, MSc Artificial Intelligence, MSc Big Data and Text Analysis, MSc Cloud Computing, MSc Embedded Systems, or MSc Intelligent Systems and Robotics.

Our International Academy offers some of the best routes for international students to enter higher education in the UK. Our innovative courses and programmes have proved very successful with international students and have also attracted UK students because of the distinctive learning environment we offer.

If you are an international student, you may find that the education system in the UK is slightly different from other countries and, sometimes, that the transition to the British system can be challenging. Our courses help you to settle in and adapt to life in the UK.

Alongside improving your academic English skills, you also develop your knowledge and skills in computer programming. Our School is a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development. Today’s computer scientists are creative people who are focused and committed, yet restless and experimental.

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering is ranked Top 10 in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

Our expert staff

Our original Department of Computer Science was founded by Professor Tony Brooker, who came to Essex from Manchester where he had worked with Alan Turing. Professor Brooker invented the compiler-compiler, one of the earliest applications of a formal understanding of the nature of programming languages.

In recent years our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has attracted many highly active research staff and we are conducting world-leading research in areas such as evolutionary computation, brain-computer interfacing, intelligent inhabited environments and financial forecasting.

Specialist facilities

By studying within our International Academy, you will have access to all of the facilities that the University of Essex has to offer:
-We provide computer labs for internet research; classrooms with access to PowerPoint facilities for student presentations; AV facilities for teaching and access to web-based learning materials
-Our new Student Services Hub will support you and provide information for all your needs as a student
-Our social space is stocked with hot magazines and newspapers, and provides an informal setting to meet with your lecturers, tutors and friends

You can also take advantage of our world-class computer science facilities:
-We have six laboratories that are exclusively for computer science and electronic engineering students. Three are open 24/7, and you have free access to the labs except when there is a scheduled practical class in progress
-All computers run either Windows 7 or are dual boot with Linux
-Software includes Java, Prolog, C++, Perl, Mysql, Matlab, DB2, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, and Project
-Students have access to CAD tools and simulators for chip design (Xilinx) and computer networks (OPNET)

We also have specialist facilities for research into areas including non-invasive brain-computer interfaces, intelligent environments, robotics, optoelectronics, video, RF and MW, printed circuit milling, and semiconductors.

Example structure

-English for Academic Purposes
-Programming in Python
-Advanced English for Academic Purposes
-Information Retrieval
-Critical Reading and Seminar Skills
-Extended English for Academic Purposes Project
-Computer Security (optional)
-Databases and Information Retrieval (optional)
-ICT Systems Integration and Management (optional)
-Operating Systems (optional)
-Web Application Programming (optional)

Visit the Computer Science with English for Academic Purposes - Graduate Diploma page on the University of Essex website for more details!

Entry Requirements


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