School of Computer Science

MSc Computer Science


The MSc in Computer Science is a one-year programme that allows graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop expertise in Computing. Often referred to as a 'conversion' course, it is the longest running programme of this kind in the UK.

The programme is different to IT programmes, in that it is a technical degree with a significant programming component. It is designed to give you a grounding in both the fundamentals of computer science and practical software development skills, and a choice of in-depth subjects as optional modules. Students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply, but a certain amount of background in mathematics and scientific subjects, for example at 'advanced' high school level, would facilitate mastering the new computer science subjects.

The mixture of core computing modules and a range of flexible options reflecting your interests and first degree provide a solid foundation for a career in computing or for further study.

Career prospects:

Most students graduating from this programme move into industry to work on software development. Others use their new computing skills to enhance their employment prospects in work related to their first degree. Each year, some students join sales and software support teams in industry and commerce or start their own companies and others choose to join our PhD programme.

Entry requirements:

The minimum entry requirement for admission is an Upper Second class Honours degree (2:1), or an international equivalent. Applications are accepted from able graduates from all subject areas.

How to apply

Applications for all Computer Science MSc programmes are made directly to the University of Birmingham. For full details on how to apply and what supporting documents are required, please click here.

International Applicants

If you are applying to us from outside the UK you can acess information about the experiences of fellow students, studying in a different country and check degree comparability here. You may also need to provide evidence of English language proficiency, but can find out further information here.

Postgraduate Brochure

Please see our Postgraduate Computer Science Brochure for further information.

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