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Computer Science (MSc)


Course Description

Computer science is the study of theoretical foundations and practical techniques for implementation in computer systems. Despite its short history, computer science has made major contributions to science and society that have transformed the way we live our lives.

There are many sub-fields of computer science and this course provides an opportunity to study a range of these to an advanced level, with a particular emphasis on application development,network security and artificial intelligence.

You will be taught by an internationally recognised team, drawn from the University’s Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services (CEMAS), the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Paradigms research unit (CSAIP) and the Information SecurityResearch Group.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/252-msc-computer-science

What you will study

- Real-time Computer Graphics
- Software Development
- Network Security
- Mobile Application Development
- Neural Networks
- Expert Systems
- Professional Skills Development
- Advanced Research Methods
- Project Management
- Research Project: an investigation of your choice, related to the course
- MSc Project: the development and evaluation of a significant application or task of your choice, related to the course.

Learning and teaching methods

The course is delivered in four major blocks that offer an intensive but focused learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants every year – February and September. Full-time students will typically spend 12 hours in classes each week. If you choose to study part-time, this is reduced to around six hours each week. You will study through lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and projects. You need to spend a significant amount of time working independently, reading and preparing for assessments.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The skills developed on this course strongly relate to the role of a software developer in a range of specialised areas. For example, business analytics for optimisation is one of the key areas highlighted by e-skills, and this course provides an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills at the forefront of this field, in addition to practical programming elements.

Students who complete this award will be educated to a professional standard in a range of fields related to computer science, and will have improved transferable skills. These include problem solving, communication, team working, effective use of IT facilities and information retrieval.

With training to Masters level now the recognised professional level of competence, graduates will be better placed to pursue careers in industry, or continue their interest in computer science through research at PhD level.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed primarily by coursework. You will work on a significant research project and major project of your choice, where strong independent thinking, critical analysis and project management skills will be important.

Facilities

We have a full range of high-specification computer labs and an ongoing investment programme to ensure that our facilities stay at the forefront of computing developments.

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

Entry Requirements

This course is designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in a computing or strongly related subject. Applicants should be proficient programmers. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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