School of Computer Science

MSci Pure Mathematics and Computer Science - 2015

Final Award MSci
Programme TitlePure Mathematics and Computer Science
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code5256
Length of Programme4 years
Total Credits240
UCAS CodeNone
Awarding InstitutionThe University of Birmingham
Designed for accreditation by BCS
QAA Benchmarking GroupsComputing

Educational Aims Of Programme

  • Prepare professionals in both computer science and pure mathematics who would be able to work as specialists in these subjects and in particular in those areas of the computer science research which require knowledge of abstract structures and rigorous mathematical reasoning. This programme is an extension of the existing BSc programme of the same name. It provides a deeper understanding of both subject areas and enables students to get close to the frontiers of research.

Programme Outcomes and Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Key mathematical concepts and topics
  • How mathematics can be used to analyse and solve problems including those at an abstract level
  • Essential concepts, principles and theories relating to Computing
  • How the Computer Science theory is related to modelling and design of computer-based systems
  • The role of rigorous mathematical proofs in analysing computer-based systems
  • The latest trends and developments in research in either Computer Science or Mathematics

Skills & Other Attributes

  • To abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically and in a symbolic form.
  • To select and apply appropriate mathematical methods to solve problems including those at an abstract level
  • To be able to construct and develop logical mathematical arguments with clear identification of assumptions and conclusions
  • To present arguments and conclusions clearly and accurately.
  • To specify, design and construct computer-based systems.
  • To use rigorous mathematical argument analysing or solving problems related to computer-based systems.
  • To independently solve a substantial problem and present a solution both orally and in a dissertation.

Transferable Skills


  • Note 1 Some of the modules in the option block are prerequisites for options available in the final year, so that choices need to be considered across years.
  • Note 2 Module Failure: The Syllabus web page for every module defines the resit rules if they are different from the first attempt -- follow the links under the module code.
  • Note 3 Progress Decisions: Refer to the University Regulations for further information on the general rules governing progression. There are no additional programme requirements.
  • Note 4 For some combinations of disciplines, it may be possible to vary the number of credits taken from the standard 60+60 pattern. Students should consult the relevant Programme Directors. The School of Computer Science will generally allow between 40 and 80 credits of Computer Science to be taken, at least 20 of which must be from taught modules (i.e. modules other than the Computer Science Project).
  • Note 5 There are no progress decisions between Year 3 and Year 4 of an MEng or MSci programme; they effectively form a 'double final year'.
  • Note 6 Students must take a project in one of their two disciplines.
  • Note 7 Not all options may be available in any particular year. Some option combinations are only available if the timetable permits. As students may have to make preliminary option choices before timetables are available, changes may be needed later if there are clashes. In selecting options, students need to pay attention to pre- and co-requisites.
  • Note 8 MEng and MSci students should note when choosing options that some topics may be studied either in the third year or in the fourth year but not both. Hence it is important to plan option choices across both years. Module descriptions for each module list the prohibited combinations.
  • Note 9 Degree Classification: Refer to the University Regulations for further information on the general rules governing degree classification.
  1. The Learning & Teaching and Assessment Methods above are not intended to be exclusive, but to indicate the main methods in use. Module Descriptions contain more detail.
  2. Whether to award accreditation is a decision made from time to time by a professional body according to criteria which are then current; hence there is no guarantee that the programme will actually be accredited for any particular year of entry by any particular professional body.