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Computer Science (MSc)


Course Description

Programme description

This MSc will give you specialist knowledge in the design, implementation and use of computing systems ranging from the components of a single processor to computer networks as vast as the internet.

You will gain a solid foundation in theoretical understanding and learn a wide variety of practical techniques that you could use in varied career settings.

Programme structure

You follow two taught semesters of lectures, tutorials, project work and written assignments, after which you will learn research methods before individual supervision for your project and dissertation.

You will choose a ‘specialist area’ within the programme, which will determine the choice of your optional courses. The specialist areas are:

Analytical and Scientific Databases
Computer Systems, Software Engineering, and High Performance Computing
Programming Languages
Theoretical Computer Science

Compulsory courses:

Informatics Research Review
Informatics Research Proposal
Introduction to Java Programming (for students who do not already meet the programming requirements for the taught masters)
Dissertation

There are more than 50 optional courses to choose from, such as:

Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
Probabilistic Modelling and Reasoning
Extreme Computing
Bioinformatics
Computer Graphics
Computer Networking
Human-Computer Interaction
Parallel Architectures
Parallel Programming Languages and Systems
Software Architecture, Process and Management
Algorithmic Game Theory and its Applications
Computer Algebra
Computational Complexity

Career opportunities

Through this programme you will develop specialist, advanced skills in the development, construction and management of advanced computer systems.

You will gain practical experience and a thorough theoretical understanding of the field making you attractive to a wide range of employers or preparing you for further academic study.

Visit the Computer Science (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in informatics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, electrical engineering, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics or psychology, plus experience in computer programming. All applicants must have a sufficient mathematical and informatics background for their chosen area of study.

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