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Advanced Computer Science

Course Description


Computer science has an ever-greater influence on our lives, and the technological breakthroughs of today shape the way we live tomorrow. Opportunities continue to grow for highly skilled practitioners, and the taught Masters course allows you to make great advancements on your existing skills and knowledge. By the end of the programme you will be equipped to thrive in one of the fastest moving industries in the world.

Industrial Placement Trimester

There is the option to take an Industrial Experience variant, with the opportunity to extend the period of study by a trimester, to gain experience of working alongside commercial software developers within a commercial software development facility on site (SEED), promoting real-world applications of the advanced concepts met in the course.

You will learn specialist computer science techniques and fundamental theories, but you’ll also have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice by developing applications and working with real software. We cover a range of topics, including real time graphics and computational science, and you can choose from options including artificial intelligence, robotics and visualisation – built upon a solid foundation of good programming skills.

The course begins each September each year and lasts twelve months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester – either immediately before or after the dissertation – gaining industrial experience through a module based in SEED, our software development unit working with commercial clients and software. This is unique to Hull.

The Department of Computer Science creates an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.


The MSc programme is designed to support students with various levels of computing and programming practice experience. However, this programme is particularly suited to those with significant experience of writing code. There is a focus on the transition to postgraduate study, with suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists.
In lectures you’ll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.

Core modules

• C++ Programming and Design
• Real Time Graphics
• Advanced Computational Science
• Development Project

Optional modules

• Game Development Architecture
• Simulation and Concurrency
• Visualization
• Advanced Rendering and Artificial Intelligence for Games
• Trustworthy Computing
• Dissertation (There is the option of taking this module either in trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module.)
• The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module allows students to gain significant commercial experience.

Teaching and learning

We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. This will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.
As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.


Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems.
Written coursework is used to assess your descriptive and critical skills, as well as verify the methodology used to complete your practical coursework. The largest assessment is the dissertation, which is based on the work done in the third trimester (or fourth, depending on your option choices) and documented in a report of up to 20,000 words.


The MSc Advanced Computer Science programme is designed to open up pathways to postgraduate research, as well as a wide range of careers. The computational science module introduces concepts and ideas which will help prepare you for postgraduate study; the industrial placement option, meanwhile, will enable you to practise your skills and knowledge of computer science ‘in situ’, giving you a useful insight and advantage when it comes to starting your career.
We have a range of inspirational extra-curricular activities including the Three Thing Game, Imagine Cup Worldwide Software Development Challenge, Really Useful Seminars and Global Game Jam. They are designed to boost your CV and employability, and taking part costs very little.

Our MSc graduates typically gain roles including: Applications Developer, Business Systems Analyst, Computer Analyst, Computer Programmer, Computer Operations Manager, Data Management Analyst, Database Assistant, Developer Support Engineer, Games Programmer, Games Programmer (Engine design), Information Manager, IT Design, IT Systems Manager, IT Technician, IT user Support, Mobile Developer, Operations Director, Software Designer, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Solutions Developer, Systems Engineer, Technical Sales, Technical Specialist, Web Developer.

Visit the Advanced Computer Science page on the University of Hull website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Student Scholarships in Science (2015) 2016 under review - 20+ Awards

See the application form for details of this scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Scheme applies to international (non-UK and non-EU) studentsmaking applications for a fulltime taught programme of study only.

Application Procedure

See the form on the link for details of how to apply.

Further Information



Departmental MSc Scholarships (2016 entry) - 6 Awards

Applicants are asked to state why they should be considered for the award of an
MSc scholarship in no more than 800 words (total, approx. 200 per field) under the
following 4 categories.
a) academic achievement (highest qualification, grades, awards etc)
b) Professional and other extra-curricular experience and achievements,
c) What your plans and aspirations are and how the course and the
award will support this.
d) Other relevant information.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These scholarships are on top of our other awards (including international scholarship). They are tuition fee discounts.

Application Procedure

Read about entry requirements and how to apply for courses and the scholarships at the link, including downloading the forms.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in computing, or being able to demonstrate a significant level of computer programming experience.For international students, an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills) or equivalent, such as Pearson PTE or iBT TOEFL, is also required.

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