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MSc Advanced Computer Science (Computational Intelligence)

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The Advanced Computer Science (Computational Intelligence) MSc programme combines a wide choice of advanced topics in computer science with specialist modules relating to computational intelligence, including logic-based, connectionist and evolutionary artificial intelligence, inspirations from the natural world, practical applications and the philosophy of machine reasoning.

While studying a taught Master’s programme at the School of Computing, you can gain work experience through our industrial placement scheme or with the Kent IT Consultancy (KITC), which provides a project-based consultancy service to businesses in the region. We have strong links with industry including Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle and are among the top ten in the UK for graduate employment prospects.

The programme is aimed at graduates considering a career in research and development. It would also provide an excellent foundation for PhD study.

This programme is available with an optional industrial placement.

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About the School of Computing

Our world-leading researchers, in key areas such as systems security, programming languages, communications, computational intelligence and memory management, and in interdisciplinary work with biosciences and psychology, earned us an outstanding result in the most recent national research assessment.

In addition, two of our staff have been honoured as Distinguished Scientists by the ACM and we have also held Royal Society Industrial Fellowships.

As an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for programming education, the School of Computing is a leader in computer science teaching. Two of our staff have received the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. We are also home to two National Teaching Fellows, to authors of widely used textbooks and to award-winning teaching systems such as BlueJ.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

CO885 - Project Research (15 credits)
CO880 - Project and Dissertation (60 credits)
CO881 - Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)
CO871 - Advanced Java for Programmers (15 credits)
CO832 - Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (15 credits)
CO836 - Cognitive Neural Networks (15 credits)
CO837 - Natural Computation (15 credits)
CO884 - Logic and Logic Programming (15 credits)
CO838 - Internet of Things and Mobile Devices (15 credits)
CO841 - Computing Law, Contracts and Professional Responsibility (15 credits)
CO846 - Cloud Computing (15 credits)
CO847 - Green Computing (15 credits)
CO528 - Introduction to Intelligent Systems (15 credits)
CO545 - Functional and Concurrent Programming (15 credits)
CO641 - Computer Graphics and Animation (15 credits)
CO645 - IT Consultancy Practice 2 (15 credits)
CO834 - Trust, Security and Privacy Management (15 credits)
CO874 - Networks and Network Security (15 credits)
CO876 - Computer Security (15 credits)
CO889 - C++ Programming (15 credits)
CO890 - Concurrency and Parallelism (15 credits)
CO892 - Advanced Network Security (15 credits)
CO894 - Development Frameworks (15 credits)
CO899 - System Security (15 credits)
PL583 - Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence (30 credits)


Assessment is through a mixture of written examinations and coursework, the relative weights of which vary according to the nature of the module. The final project is assessed by a dissertation, except for the MSc in IT Consultancy for which the practical consultancy work is assessed through a series of reports covering each of the projects undertaken.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- enhance the career prospects of graduates seeking employment in the computing/IT sector

- prepare you for research and/or professional practice at the forefront of the discipline

- develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of one or more areas of computing/IT and their applications (according to your degree title)

- develop a variety of advanced intellectual and transferable skills

- equip you with the lifelong learning skills necessary to keep abreast of future developments in the field.


Students can gain practical work experience as part of their degree through our industrial placements scheme and Kent IT Consultancy. Both of these opportunities consolidate academic skills with real world experience, giving our graduates a significant advantage in the jobs market.

Our graduates go on to work for leading companies including Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Intel, Lilly, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Thomson Reuters and T-Mobile. Many have gone on to develop their careers as project leaders and managers.

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Visit the MSc Advanced Computer Science (Computational Intelligence) page on the University of Kent website for more details!





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