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MSc Computer Science - conversion course


University of Kent School of Computing

Full time & Part time September MSc Full-time: 1 year

About the course

Course overview

This conversion programme prepares graduates from any discipline for a career in computing, or a career involving the application of computing within their original professional field. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds including natural sciences, engineering, arts, humanities and social sciences.

No prior knowledge of computer science is required.

We excel in computer science teaching and our students benefit from a high level of access to academic staff.

While studying a taught Master’s programme at the School of Computing, you can gain work experience through our optional 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

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Entry Requirements

A first, 2.1 or good 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. You should also have mathematical skills equivalent to a grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics.


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Student Profile(s)

Dan Wilkie

244.jpg What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

When I studied for my undergraduate degree at a different university I found the academic staff difficult to approach. The Computer Science faculty staff at Kent were completely different. Their doors were often open, they were very approachable and happy to elaborate on aspects of the course material whenever I required clarification.

The lectures were delivered engagingly; the course material was really thoughtfully laid out and bolstered by regular workshop sessions which were fun and very informative. The content was focussed around Java development skills and principles of object orientation which was personally the main driver behind my choice for this particular course.

I began the year with no knowledge of object orientation or Java developing skills at all. The concepts were introduced using a custom program which allowed me to really focus on learning Java - without the complications of also having to learn how to use an overly complicated development environment. The material was introduced in a structured way which built each new concept on the last. By the time I left I had the knowledge and confidence to build my own applications.


What were the most interesting things you learned on the course?

Developing the ability to implement a graphical simulator for the population of predators and prey in a conservation area really gave me a sense of the principles of object-oriented programming coming to life. This small application combined the principles of abstraction, polymorphism, re-use of existing Java constructs through the API library, and basic Java Swing GUI design to create an application which animated how an initial distribution of predators and prey dynamically evolve according to a simple set of initial rules.

The relatively complex concepts behind the in-built back-tracking facility of the declarative programming language, Prolog, was brought colourfully to life by its application to the problem of finding the shortest lift journey between the runs, restaurants and bars on various european ski-resorts !


How did your studies help you find employment?

My MSc course was key in providing me with the confidence to apply for a job as a QA tester for the main fixed income trading platform of one of the world's largest investment banks. My interview consisted of a formal Java test and I could not have passed without the skills that I acquired on the Kent MSc course.


Robin Taylor

Robin is currently employed as a Junior Developer in OpenBet, London.

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

The social aspect, I found great enjoyment with the sports and societies. Canterbury is an excellent city to be a student in.

What were the most interesting things you learned on the course?

I particularly enjoyed my Artificial Intelligence module, the applications, methods and theory being of particular interest. If I return to higher education, it will be in this field.

How did postgraduate study differ from undergraduate study?

I found post-graduate students were more focused on the work and tended to work harder during the same period of time, this in no way decreased the social side of life but it was refreshing to be more focused.

How did your studies help you achieve your personal goals?

By changing fields, I have a multidisciplinary skill base. The technical skills from my CS MSc combined with my problem solving and analytical skills from my Physics BSc gave me a unique ability to sell myself to employers.


Dan Wilkie

The lectures were delivered engagingly; the course material was really thoughtfully laid out and bolstered by regular workshop sessions which were fun and very informative. The content was focussed around Java development skills and principles of object orientation which was personally the main driver behind my choice for this particular course.

I began the year with no knowledge of object orientation or Java developing skills at all. The concepts were introduced using a custom program which allowed me to really focus on learning Java - without the complications of also having to learn how to use an overly complicated development environment. The material was introduced in structured way which built each new concept on the last. By the time I left I had the knowledge and confidence to build my own applications.

What were the most interesting things you learned on the course?

Developing the ability to implement a graphical simulator for the population of predators and prey in a conservation area really gave me a sense of the principles of object-orientated programming coming to life. This small application combined the principles of abstraction, polymorphism, re-use of existing Java constructs through the API library, and basic Java Swing GUI design to create an application which animated how an initial distribution of predators and prey dynamically evolve according to a simple set of initial rules.

Learning how the Internet emerged from the ARPANET and how this network originally connecting only a handful of U.S. universities expanded into the Internet that we know today gave me a great insight into how layered architectures enable inter-networking through the use of peer protocols, interfaces and services.

The relatively complex concepts behind the in-built back-tracking facility of the declarative programming language, Prolog, was brought colourfully to life by it's application to the problem of finding the shortest lift journey between the runs, restaurants and bars on various European ski-resorts!

How did your studies help you find employment?

My MSc course was key in providing me with the confidence to apply for a job as a QA tester for the main fixed income trading platform of one of the world's largest investment banks.


Christian Baverstock

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

Excellent campus and support staff who care about the subject. A wide range of possible subject choices.

What were the most interesting things you learned on the course?

Core object oriented techniques and database design I think have helped most with getting a job in the industry. General system architecture knowledge is also useful. Not to mention a look into the world of mobile development. It is good to see the course keeping up with modern technologies.

How did your studies help you achieve your personal goals?

Without the degree and placement year I wouldn't have the great job I do now, simple as that! The help from the placement team is invaluable as they teach you how to deal with future employers, and get the best deal for you. It is very easy to undervalue yourself in the tech industry, but all companies really look for is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn on top of your core technical skills.


Tony May

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

The whole experience was very intense and enjoyable although extremely hard work. I enjoyed learning a new skill set and having my brain think in a way which was very different to that which it had tried to do before! I also met a great bunch of fellow students - many of whom I am still good friends with.

What were the most interesting things you learned on the course?

I particularly enjoyed the logic course and the Java modules. I wished I'd spent more time on the database and SQL side of the course!

How did your studies help you find employment?

I think they gave me a good grounding in a multitude of skills. The course taught me the ability to think logically and learn new technologies quickly. I also think it showed my future employers that I could turn my hand to something which wasn't necessarily second nature to me.



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