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The Masters in Computing Science provides you with a thorough grounding in advanced computing science, together with experience of conducting a development project, preparing you for responsible positions in the IT industry.

Why this programme

  • The School of Computing Science is ranked 2nd in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2019).
  • The MSc in Computing Science is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET).
  • Our specialist MSc graduates in Computing Science, Software Engineering and Information Security are recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP Further Learning) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist (CSci). These programmes have also been awarded the Euro-Info Master Label.
  • The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance: SICSA. This collaboration of Scottish universities aims to develop Scotland's place as a world leader in Informatics and Computer Science research and education.
  • The School of Computing Science has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of their taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion. Recent contributors include representatives from IBM, J.P. Morgan, Amazon, Adobe and Red Hat.
  • You will have opportunities to meet employers who come to make recruitment presentations, and often seek to recruit our graduates during the programme.
  • You will benefit from having 24-hour access to a computer laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Computing Science include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work. 

Core courses

  • Research methods and techniques
  • Masters project

Optional courses

  • Advanced networking and communications
  • Advanced operating systems
  • Algorithmics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data: systems, programming and management
  • Computer architecture Computer vision methods and applications
  • Cryptography and secure development
  • Cyber system forensics
  • Cyber security fundamentals
  • Distributed algorithms and systems
  • Enterprise cyber security
  • Functional programming
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Human-computer interaction design and evaluation
  • Human-centred security
  • Information retrieval
  • Internet technology
  • IT architecture
  • Machine learning
  • Mobile human-computer interaction
  • Modelling reactive systems
  • Safety critical systems
  • Software project management
  • Theory of computation
  • Web science

Please note the availability of optional courses is dependent on staff availability and timetabling constraints.

If you wish to engage in part-time study, please be aware that dependent upon your optional taught courses, you may still be expected to be on campus on most week days.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include responsible positions, not only in the IT sector but also in many other sectors such as education, engineering, health services, financial services, government, manufacturing, retail, and transport. You will also be well qualified to proceed to study for a PhD in computing science.Graduates of this programme have gone on to work for companies such as JP Morgan & Chase, Alliance, Airwave, Sensefly and Sky UK. Positions include Software Developer, IT-Trainee, Teacher and Lab Demonstrator.


Visit the Computing Science (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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