School of Computer Science

MSc Programme Study in Computer Science

Applications Announcement

Please note that applications to all MSc programmes in the School of Computer Science from students who are international for fees will close at midnight on 02 June 2019. Any applications that have already been submitted before 03 June will considered as normal.

Places are still available for the MSc Computer Science programme at our Dubai Campus. Please visit this page to find out about the programme and make an application.

Applications will reopen for 2020 in October 2019. We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, so early applications are encouraged.

Important information for EU applicants

Following the outcome of the EU Referendum, we understand that many of our EU applicants will have questions and concerns. Birmingham has provided a list of Freqently Asked Questions, which will be updated as soon as further information becomes available. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll do our best to help.


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).

All the Masters courses take one year of full-time study. Teaching typically consists of two semesters of lectures and practical exercises. Our MSc programmes will commence in September 2019.

Students are encouraged to apply for the Masters course that best matches their interests and their previous academic qualifications.

MSc Programmes available:

University of Birmingham Dubai

The School of Computer Science is part of an exciting new University of Birmingham Dubai campus, that launched in the UAE in September, 2018. We are offering the MSc in Computer Science, and applications are now open for 2019 entry!

Computer Science programmes in Birmingham, UK

MSc Computer Science

This is a "conversion" Masters, for graduates new to computing.

MSc Advanced Computer Science

This MSc is intended for graduates with a previous degree in Computer Science or a related discipline. It allows students to broaden their knowledge of cutting edge areas of Computing through the choice of options from a range of advanced taught modules.

MSc Cyber Security

This MSc covers the theory and practice of designing and building secure computer systems. Core courses include cryptography, network security, and secure programming.

MSc Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

This MSc 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.

MSc Robotics

This MSc 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.

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 Degrees in related disciplines

Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering MSc Degrees

The School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Birmingham also provides a broad selection of M.Sc. programmes.

MSc in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics

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.

Athena SWAN

We currently hold a Bronze Award in Athena SWAN. The Athena SWAN Charter promotes and rewards good employment practice in the recruitment, retention and progression of female academics in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM).

Current Tuition Fees

The University charges an annual fee which includes tuition, examination and graduation, as well as fees payable to the Guild of Students. Fees are usually paid annually in advance at the start of the programme but it is possible for you to pay by instalments providing certain conditions are met.

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