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MSc Advanced Computer Science

Programme code:MSC-ACS-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Mark Walkley Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- A minimum UK Upper Second Class Honours (2.1) degree or equivalent in computing or a scientific subject with significant computing component;
- A pass at GCSE level English Language (grade C or above);
- International students must have an English language qualification at a suitable level: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Computing

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Computing

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

At the end of the programme students should be able to demonstrate:

- a systematic understanding of the theory and practice of designing and implementing computer systems
- proficiency in the technical and programming skills required to design and implement computer systems;
- a thorough knowledge and skills base in a number of advanced topics within the domain of computer science;
- the ability to apply the knowledge and skills to tackle a significant problem within the main project;
- an in-depth understanding of an area of specialisation, gained during the main project;
- be confident in applying the research methodology adopted for the main project on new problems;
- be prepared for further study either in the context of professional development or through further engagement in higher education.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

COMP5200MMSc Project60 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits from the following lists of optional modules:

COMP5111MBig Data Systems15 creditsSemester 2
COMP5122MData Science15 creditsSemester 1
COMP5400MBio-Inspired Computing15 creditsSemester 2
COMP5450MKnowledge Representation and Reasoning15 creditsSemester 1
COMP5623MArtificial Intelligence15 creditsSemester 2
COMP5811MParallel and Concurrent Programming
Pre-requisite for: COMP5821M COMP5822M
15 creditsSemester 1
COMP5812MFoundations of Modelling and Rendering
Pre-requisite for: COMP5821M COMP5822M COMP5823M
Co-requisite for: COMP5813M
15 creditsSemester 1
COMP5813MGames Engines and Workflow
Pre-requisite for: COMP5823M
15 creditsSemester 1
COMP5821MGeometric Processing15 creditsSemester 2
COMP5822MHigh-Performance Graphics
Pre-requisite for: COMP5823M
15 creditsSemester 2
COMP5823MAnimation and Simulation15 creditsSemester 2
COMP5840MData Mining and Text Analytics15 creditsSemester 2
COMP5850MCloud Computing15 creditsSemester 2
COMP5860MSemantic Technologies and Applications15 creditsSemester 2
COMP5911MAdvanced Software Engineering15 creditsSemester 1
COMP5920MScheduling15 creditsSemester 2
COMP5930MScientific Computation15 creditsSemester 1
COMP5940MGraph Theory: Structure and Algorithms15 creditsSemester 2

Students may study no more than 30 credits from this list:

COMP3011Web Services and Web Data10 creditsSemester 2
COMP3211Distributed Systems10 creditsSemester 1
COMP3222Mobile Application Development10 creditsSemester 2
COMP3611Machine Learning10 creditsSemester 1
COMP3736Information Visualization10 creditsSemester 1
COMP3771User Adaptive Intelligent Systems10 creditsSemester 2
COMP3910Combinatorial Optimisation10 creditsSemester 2
COMP3911Secure Computing10 creditsSemester 1
COMP3940Graph Algorithms and Complexity Theory10 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 02/10/2019


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