Computer Science MSc - 2019 Entry

Entry Year
2019

Duration
Full time 12 Month(s)

Course Overview

Computer science is a dynamic discipline, applicable to a diverse range of industries. This Masters programme explores cutting-edge innovation in experimental computer science, and provides you with a solid grounding of professional, real-world experience.

Our MSc Computer Science programme has been designed specifically to meet the needs of contemporary industrial and research environments. As a result, this programme blends advanced academic teaching with rigorous practical and professional experience. This will ensure you have the skills, knowledge, and awareness to engage with computing and computer science in a vast range of industries.

Your study will be based in InfoLab21, our world-class ICT Centre of Excellence. Here you will engage with seven taught modules and a research or industry placement. These modules will provide you with a wealth of specialist knowledge and skills, covering a range of topics informed by our research excellence. Topics include: Distributed Systems; Advanced Human Computer Interaction; and Systems Architecture and Integration.

In addition to these taught modules, you will undertake a substantial independent research project, supervised by a member of academic staff. Your project will tackle a real-world problem that you have identified, and will allow you to apply your technical skills and knowledge to current world-class research. You will also develop expert knowledge of a specific area of the discipline. Over the course of your project, you will also practise your ability to identify and structure research questions; gather, analyse and evaluate data and evidence; and present and communicate your findings and conclusions.

Finally, during the MSc programme, you will develop relevant work skills and will have the opportunity to engage with industry. Our programme leads to fantastic graduate prospects and will ensure you are well placed to pursue these options. You will gain real-world, applicable work experience by working with one of our partner companies, providing you with insight into a professional ICT environment. You will also have access to our Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), a place of business collaboration based in InfoLab21, which provides you with a direct link to over 500 ICT-centric organisations.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Computer science is a dynamic discipline, applicable to a diverse range of industries. This Masters programme explores cutting-edge innovation in experimental computer science, and provides you with a solid grounding of professional, real-world experience.

    Our MSc Computer Science programme has been designed specifically to meet the needs of contemporary industrial and research environments. As a result, this programme blends advanced academic teaching with rigorous practical and professional experience. This will ensure you have the skills, knowledge, and awareness to engage with computing and computer science in a vast range of industries.

    Your study will be based in InfoLab21, our world-class ICT Centre of Excellence. Here you will engage with seven taught modules and a research or industry placement. These modules will provide you with a wealth of specialist knowledge and skills, covering a range of topics informed by our research excellence. Topics include: Distributed Systems; Advanced Human Computer Interaction; and Systems Architecture and Integration.

    In addition to these taught modules, you will undertake a substantial independent research project, supervised by a member of academic staff. Your project will tackle a real-world problem that you have identified, and will allow you to apply your technical skills and knowledge to current world-class research. You will also develop expert knowledge of a specific area of the discipline. Over the course of your project, you will also practise your ability to identify and structure research questions; gather, analyse and evaluate data and evidence; and present and communicate your findings and conclusions.

    Finally, during the MSc programme, you will develop relevant work skills and will have the opportunity to engage with industry. Our programme leads to fantastic graduate prospects and will ensure you are well placed to pursue these options. You will gain real-world, applicable work experience by working with one of our partner companies, providing you with insight into a professional ICT environment. You will also have access to our Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), a place of business collaboration based in InfoLab21, which provides you with a direct link to over 500 ICT-centric organisations.

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

      Core

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Key Information

    Key Information

    Director of Studies: Dr Barry Porter

    Designed for: Those looking for a career in software development and software engineering, programming, computer science research, or a related computer science discipline.

    Entry requirements: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in Computer Science or similar degrees. Your degree should have covered the following modules:

    • Programming, with significant hands-on experience (Java, C#, or C++ are essential)
    • Operating Systems
    • Databases
    • Object Orientated Systems
    • Software Engineering
    • Networking
    • Distributed Systems

    If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualification here: International Qualifications

    We may consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for further information.

     

    IELTS (Academic): Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0

    We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements

    If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes:

    10 week - Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0

    For details of eligibility see:  Pre-sessional programmes

    4 week - Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below  5.5

    Further information is available at English for Academic Purposes 

    Assessment: Coursework, presentations, class tests and a dissertation

    Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding.

     

    Further information: Please see our website

  • Fees

    Fees

    Fees

     

     

      
    UK/EU £9,500  
    Overseas £20,500  

      

     

    The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

    If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

    What are tuition fees for?

    Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

    The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

    Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

    How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

    Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

    What support is available towards tuition fees?

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

  • Related Courses

Scholarships and Funding

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for all Taught Masters programmes, up to the value of £5,000, normally awarded on the basis of academic merit. All applicants will be considered.

For further information about making an application please email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk.

Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:

  • 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
  • 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders
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Postgraduate Loan Scheme

The UK Government offers postgraduate loans to Masters level students, and to PhD students from August 2018 onwards. If you are studying for a Masters degree, you could get a loan of up to £10,000. Doctoral students can apply for a loan of up to £25,000.

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Funded Masters by Research

Are you interested in being paid to research? The Lancaster-based Centre for Global Eco-Innovation runs funded Masters and PhD projects in cooperation with local and national businesses. Each company will have a unique project for you to work on, and your research will be monitored and assessed by Lancaster University.

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