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About the course

Accredited by the British Computer Society

Turn your fascination with how things work into a successful career in business or industry. We’ll give you an advanced education in the most up-to-date aspects of computer science and software engineering, informed by our wide-ranging research interests. Innovative project work will teach you how to apply your knowledge in the real world.

Prepare for your career

Our courses give you experience of how real-world projects work. We consult with big employers to ensure that you develop the skills and the personal qualities they’re looking for.

You’ll learn about the issues that matter in global business and industry. Our graduates go into academic and industrial research, the software industry, banking and finance. They work for companies such as Logica, IBM, Hewlett Packard, PWC, Vodafone, the BBC and HSBC.

About us

Our challenge is to use computation to understand all kinds of systems: computer systems, living systems and cognitive systems. Our research areas include robotics, machine learning, speech and language processing, virtual reality, computational systems biology and software verification and testing. It’s work that makes a difference to people’s lives.

Network and hardware

We have our own high-performance network so you can access our advanced computing facilities. There are labs for teaching smaller groups, wi-fi coverage throughout the department, and you can connect your own laptop to the network. Mobile devices and tablets are available for you to borrow for project work.

We also use specialised equipment: an immersive virtual reality facility, robotics hardware and an acoustic booth for speech processing research.

Core modules

  • Object-Oriented Programming and Software Design
  • Research Methods and Professional Issues
  • Dissertation Project

Examples of optional modules

  • Text Processing
  • Modelling and Simulation of Natural Systems
  • Speech Processing
  • Theory of Distributed Systems
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • Testing and Verification in Safety-critical Systems
  • The Intelligent Web
  • Machine Learning and Adaptive Intelligence
  • Software and Hardware Verification
  • Software Development for Mobile Devices
  • Speech Technology
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Network Performance Analysis
  • Parallel Computing with Graphical Processing Units (GPUs)
  • Cloud Computing

Teaching and assessment

We use lectures, tutorials and group work. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.


Visit the MSc Advanced Computer Science page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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