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Computer Science (with Industrial Experience) MSci Hons

What will you study?

Our Computer Science programmes provide a broad, rigorous treatment of the fundamental principles of the discipline, combined with their modern day application.

Known as an ‘integrated Masters programme’, our MSci Computer Science with Industrial Experience degree provides you with a unique blend of academic content, professional development and industrial experience. This four-year course includes ten weeks of organised, integrated placements and a dedicated eight-week industry project incorporated into the final year of your academic study.

You begin your degree studying a range of subjects, including Software Development, Information Systems and Digital Systems. In your second year, you follow several core subjects including Databases, Human Computer Interaction and Software Design. If you follow our Study Abroad programme, you’ll complete your second year at one of our leading partner institutions in Europe, the USA, Canada or Australia.

Your third year courses include Distributed Systems, Languages and Compilation and a selection of optional modules. You will also undertake an individual final year project with one-on-one supervision from one of our internationally recognised academic staff.

Where could it take you?

Your degree will equip you with the technical and professional skills necessary to apply yourself to a broad range of careers. Graduates of our Computer Science programmes go on to join major technology companies such as IBM, Google or BAE whilst others prefer software design, development and management roles within SMEs. Others elect to form their own technology centric businesses, or go on to further study for MSc or PhD qualifications at Lancaster or elsewhere.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2015:

A/AS-level: AAB

General Studies: Accepted as one of the best three grades if four A-levels are presented

Key Skills: Not included in the offer

GCSE: Maths and English Language grade C or better

Scottish Highers: ABBBB

International Baccalaureate: 35 points overall with 16 points from best three HL courses

IELTS: 6.0

BTEC: DDD

HNC/D in Computing: Distinctions in all relevant units with merits in remaining units considered for direct entry to Part II

Mature students: Applications welcome. Evidence is required of formal study, including Access to Higher Education courses, within the past three years. We always interview mature students

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:

AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.