Masters Degrees in Computer Science
The School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham offers a range of MSc (Master of Science) degrees in Computer Science. Our MSc courses cover a variety of specialisations and are suitable for students with diverse academic backgrounds (such as a BSc in Computer Science or a Bachelor's degree in a different subject).
Students are encouraged to apply for the Masters course that best matches their interests and their previous academic qualifications. The exact entry requirements for the MSc programmes differ. The minimal requirement is a Second-class Bachelor's degree or its international equivalent, but for some programmes at least an Upper Second (2.1) is required. Our admissions procedures are flexible, and our admissions tutors may make an offer in the degree programme best suited to applicants if they are not admitted on their first choice.
All the Masters courses take one year of full-time study. Teaching consists of two semesters of lectures and practical exercises. Over the summer, our MSc students work on an individual project and dissertation. Each student project is individually supervised by an academic with relevant expertise.
Choices of MSc courses in Computer Science
Computer Science currently offers the following Masters degrees.
Computer Science: This Masters degree offers two routes of study, depending upon the experience and knowledge of the student:
- ROUTE 1: A ‘conversion’ Masters, for graduates new to computing - i.e. whose first degree is not in Computer Science
- ROUTE 2: A consecutive Masters, for graduates with some prior experience of computing - i.e. whose first degree contains some object-oriented programming
For students with a degree in Computer Science or a closely related discipline:
This Masters covers the theory and practice of designing and building secure computer systems. Core courses include cryptography, network security, and secure programming. Applicants need a 2.1 or First.
Advanced Computer Science
A research training Masters programme for graduates of computing and related disciplines. This course is aimed at students interested in research, such as a PhD Computer Science. A 2.1 is required, with a First preferred.
- MSc Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
This Masters programme builds upon the world class research of the HCI Centre through project work and is designed to prepare you for a career in research or in industry or commerce. In this course you will cover the underpinning theories, methodologies and practice of the discipline. You will also have the opportunity to broaden your studies through optional modules in areas such as Robotics, Nature Inspired Computing or Security.
- MSc Robotics
This programme is intended for graduates of numerate disciplines allied to robotics, including electronic engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, physics and mathematics. Students will learn theories of intelligent robotic control and software tools required to implement standard algorithms in mobile robots and robot manipulators. Graduates of the programme will either work in industry or pursue a research degree in robotics.
- MRes Natural Computation
This Masters degree by research is designed for students who have found their undergraduate study stimulating and want to learn in-depth about this emerging interdisciplinary field. Applicants need a 2.1 or First in Computer Science/Engineering, or a science/engineering degree with significant computing content. Applicants must possess competent mathematical skills.
- MSc Multidisciplinary Optimisation This Masters programme is for students who would like to receive practical, technical and theoretical training in advanced aspects of optimisation. Applicants need a 2.1 or First in a science or engineering subject.
MSc degrees in Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
The School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Birmingham also provides a broad selection of M.Sc. programmes.
Masters degree in cognitive robotics and cognitive psychology
AI and/or computing graduates may also be interested in the MSc in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics which is delivered in partnership with the School of Psychology.
To view our Postgraduate Computer Science Brochure please click here.