Computer Science MSc - 2021 Entry

Entry Year

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 Structure

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


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. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £11,420 £5,710
International £24,430 £12,215

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.

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

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 or international 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.

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