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MSc Computer Science

Course Description

Course Summary

This course is ideal for computing graduates who want to prepare for a general career in IT without the need to specialise at this stage.

Subjects range from data modelling, embedded systems and systems architecture to intelligent agents, equipping you to fully understand the application of computing technology in real-world situations whilst gaining the practical business skills that employers seek.

Intermediate qualifications available:

Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Computer Science MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study a broad range of IT disciplines including online database applications, intelligent agents, programming embedded systems, professional project management systems architecture, network systems, distributed and parallel architectures and cryptography and cryptanalysis
- Explore and analyse current trends in the continually expanding area of internet technologies including wireless internet and network configurations and enjoy opportunities to work with innovative distributed environments and architectures
- Develop practical and business skills necessary for a wide range of careers in IT from management to high-level web application development or system administration
- Gain in-depth skills in network management and administration (allowing you to work as a Network Manager) including essential security aspects, grid-computing and fault tolerance
- Benefit from developing expertise equipping you for a career as an IT Consultant, Programmer, Systems/Business Analyst, in web development/web services or in further study on an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD.

Why choose this course?

The MSc in Computer Science is ideal for Computing graduates who are looking to explore the general subject of Computer Science, but who do not want to focus (solely) on one particular subject. The course is therefore ideal for those students who want to keep their career options open. A range of topics from Networking, and Data Modelling to Cryptography will be studied that form the basis for developing a general career in Information Technology.

Career Management Skills

Employability is understood widely as encompassing knowledge, skills and a professional attitude which your tutors expect you to display in all your units. All University of Bedfordshire courses aim to help you to be prepared for the world of work. The Careers Service is there to support you throughout the duration of your study. Our curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career within Computer Science but it is also relevant for a wider range of applications.

The unit `Professional Project Management in particular requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control; you will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

In addition and somewhat complementary the honours project fosters independent and autonomous study: you learn to take up the responsibility of conducting your project, typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor.

Career/Further study opportunities

On completing this course students are likely to progress into the following areas:


IT Consultant

Programmer/Software Engineer

Systems/Data Analyst

IT Project Manager

Further study:

MSc by Research, MPhil, PhD.

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent in a computing-related subject.

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