MSc Advanced Computer Science

University of Sheffield    Department of Computer Science

Full time September MSc 1 year full-time Award winner
Computer Science (8)

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The MSc Advanced Computer Science programme at the University of Sheffield is designed to keep you at the forefront of developments in computer science and software engineering. With a wide range of optional modules informed by the department's research interests, you'll have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your interests. This one-year full-time programme requires a minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in computer science, software engineering or a related subject. You'll gain practical experience through innovative project work and be equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge in computer science. Upon completion, you'll be highly valued by industry, both in the UK and abroad.

About the course

This MSc keeps you at the cutting edge of developments in computer science and software engineering. You'll have a diverse range of modules to choose from, which are informed by the department's wide-ranging research interests.

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.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in computer science, software engineering or a closely related subject.

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Student Profiles

Nishant Paul

I started working as a mobile application developer in a Silicon Valley-based start-up. After working in different aspects of software development and product engineering, I realised my growing competency needs as well as the increasing popularity of mathematics-based computer science fields that aligned with my career requirements. Therefore, I decided to pursue a Masters in Advanced Computer Science from the University of Sheffield.

The programme is perfect for people like me who wants a break from their job life for a year, to increase their competent knowledge in the trending and advanced subjects of computer science.

Aneeq ur Rehman

The University of Sheffield has some of the best teachers and research in the computer science department! You definitely get to learn a lot. It is a chance to learn from the best!

A lot of factors [made me choose to study at Sheffield] to be honest. The future lies with AI, machine learning and Natural Language Processing, and I am strongly drawn to AI from the very start. I believe there is tremendous untapped potential in these areas and it offers so much learning, I also like to engage in challenging tasks and kind of get bored with the mundane, so this area is all about diversity, learning, engaging, expanding and leveraging my skillset in the best possible way! Also did I mention how much you’re in demand and the diversity of jobs in which data analysts can engage in!

Hend ElGhazaly

Hend studied her undergraduate degree (BSc Information Technology Management for Business) in the Department of Computer Science and enjoyed it so much she stayed on to do the MSc Advanced Computer Science. Since graduating she has been working as a lab instructor at the American University of Sharjah.

During my degree I developed various transferrable skills such as research methods, communication, problem solving, working under pressure, adapting to change, and time management. These skills definitely shaped my personality, and performance at work. After my Masters, I had established an incredible list of skills, and sufficient knowledge in the field to gain confidence in my abilities. Having developed independent learning, I always try to learn and integrate new aspects of computer science so that my students remain advanced in the field.

The faculty members are approachable and challenged us with the creative assignments and projects to solve real-world problems. I learned a lot from them in lectures and even more when I worked closely with them. They’re inspiring and supportive. It is not only the computer science knowledge that I learned from them but also the transferrable skills I mentioned earlier.

Additionally, the modules were varied and having the option to choose them gave me the opportunity to learn about many fields in Computer Science. The hands-on experience I got from working with epiGenesys and real clients as part of modules was very enjoyable and definitely enhanced my learning.

The facilities offered such as the labs and study spaces are also amazing. The Mac lab, the VR lab, the Diamond building which is opened 24/7, all are extremely useful.


The Aziz Foundation was established in 2015 by the Aziz family, and is inspired by the values and teaching of Islam to support the most disadvantaged communities in Britain. Since 2019, the foundation has focused on supporting Muslim individuals by offering masters scholarships that allow recipients to progress in their careers and make meaningful contributions to their industry, community and society as a whole.

Successful applicants will receive a full scholarship for their tuition fees and access to a programme of training days and career mentors via Aziz Scholarships Plus and the Aziz Scholars Association.

Scholarships are awarded to UK individuals with career aspirations in media and journalism, technology, sustainability and the environment, law, policy (excluding health policy) and creative content.

The University of Sheffield awards are therefore restricted to those applying to one of the postgraduate taught courses listed below.

Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

Eligible for Home fees status at the University
Be active within a Muslim community and demonstrate intimate knowledge of issues affecting British Muslim communities
Able to demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development within Britain
Demonstrate that they require financial assistance in order to undertake a masters degree

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee scholarship

Application Procedure

Applications are submitted online, via a portal on the Aziz Foundation website. Applicants will need to demonstrate active engagement in British Muslim communities, a long-term commitment to community/societal development, and a need for financial assistance in order to undertake a masters degree.

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