School of Computer Science

Postgraduate Taught Study in Computer Science

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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).

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. Whilst there is no official deadline for applications, we advise that you make one as early as possible, especially if you need to apply for a visa to study in the UK.

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

MSc Programmes

For students from a non-computing background:

For students with a degree in Computer Science or a closely related discipline:

  • 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.

Postgraduate Brochure

Please see our Postgraduate Computer Science Brochure for further information.

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