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MSc Computer Science - conversion course


Course Description

Course formats

All of our taught MSc courses are available in several formats:

- 12-month intensive MSc for graduates with a good Honours degree
- 2-year International Masters for overseas students with an ordinary Bachelors degree
- With an optional industrial placement (8-50 weeks of paid work experience)
- Part-time over 3 years

Course overview

This conversion course prepares graduates from any discipline for a career in, or involving, computing. No prior knowledge of computer science is required. A broad introduction is provided, including the key technologies and skills needed for employment. You can explore your personal interests through a variety of optional modules. Advanced intellectual, teamwork, communication and other transferable skills are developed.

Hundreds of past graduates from this course are now working across the globe for companies such as IBM, Cisco, Logica/CMG, Pfizer, Reuters, Shell and Zurich Financial. Some chose technical careers in leading software houses, advanced technology companies or commercial sectors. Others work at the interface between technicians and clients, as systems analysts or consultants. Many now hold senior positions as project leaders or managers. You might like to follow in their footsteps.

Funding is available for well-qualified students of any nationality.

Further details: http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/teaching/pg/

Course content (Honours degree entry; see above web page for details of Ordinary degree entry)

If you have not studied programming before, or only a little (introductory stream)

- Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (Java)
- Advanced Object-Oriented Programming (Java)

If you have a good working knowledge of programming (advanced stream)

- Advanced Java for Programmers

Other core modules for all students:

- Software Engineering
- Web-based Information System Development
- Systems Architecture
- Logic and Logic Programming
- Project Research
- Project and Dissertation

Optional modules available to all students (choose 1):

- Advanced English for Academic Study
- Computer Graphics and Animation
- Contracts, Professional Responsibility and Computing Law
- Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
- Introduction to Intelligent Systems
- Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

Additional options for advanced stream only (choose 1 more):

- C++ Programming
- Cognitive Neural Networks
- Human-Computer Interaction
- IT Consultancy Methods
- IT Consultancy Practice (includes work experience)
- Networks and Network Security

Optional industrial placement (8-50 weeks of paid work experience).

The options available may vary from year to year and are subject to timetabling and prerequisite constraints.
Advanced English for Academic Study may be compulsory for non-native speakers who need additional support.

Further details: http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/teaching/pg/

Visit the MSc Computer Science - conversion course page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

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.

(Student Profile)

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.

(Student Profile)

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.

(Student Profile)

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.

(Student Profile)

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.


(Scholarship)

School of Computing Scholarships (UK/EU) - 3 Awards

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit as evidenced by your application form (including transcripts and references) and the online funding request form.The award covers full tuition fees at UK/EU rate (currently worth about £4900).

Value of Scholarship(s)

4900

Eligibility

Requests for funding will be considered for students who are:- UK or European Union citizens (i.e. paying tuition fees at UK rate)
- and funded privately (i.e. not sponsored by their employer)
- and applying for a qualifying course and format (see web page below for list).Other terms and conditions may apply - see web page below for further details.

Application Procedure

Online via web form (see link below).
Deadline 31 July in year of entry.

Further Information

http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/teaching/pg/gen-info/funding/sources.html


(Scholarship)

School of Computing Scholarships (overseas) - 3 Awards

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit as evidenced by your application form (including transcripts and references) and the online funding request form.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2000

Eligibility

Requests for funding will be considered for students who are:- paying tuition fees at the overseas rate
- and funded privately (i.e. not sponsored by their government or employer)
- and applying for a qualifying course and format (see web page below for list).Funding is guaranteed for all eligible overseas students with the equivalent of a UK First Class Honours degree. Some applicants with good Second Class degrees also receive funding and are encouraged to apply.Other terms and conditions may apply - see web page below for further details.

Application Procedure

Online via web form (see link below).
Deadline 31 July in the year of entry.

Further Information

http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/teaching/pg/gen-info/funding/sources.html


(Scholarship)

University International Scholarship - 3 Awards

The University of Kent has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world and is pleased to be able to offer a number of scholarships for entry at taught masters level.The scholarships will be worth £5000 (for one year of study) towards the cost of tuition fees and are offered to nationals of any country paying international fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

Open to applicants for any taught postgraduate course at Kent who will be paying international fees.

Application Procedure

See web link below for further details.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/international/Taught_Masters.html



Entry Requirements

1, 2.1 or good 2.2 in any subject.

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