MSc Advanced Computing

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Course length One year full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This MSc is for students who already have a first degree in Computer Science or a related subject. It allows you to gain expertise with more advanced material in a range of specialist areas and covers both theory and practical application. It is suitable preparation for either a career in industry or a PhD. 

The MSc is taught by active researchers. The Computer Science department is very active in research and, for example, has the largest cryptography group in the world and one of the largest Intelligent Systems groups in the UK.  Staff have good links with leading researchers and industrial partners internationally.

Skilled professionals and researchers who are able to apply these technologies to current problems, and thereby push the limits of what computers can effectively do, are in high demand in today's job market.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

In Welcome Week you will take a programming proficiency test and will be placed in either an 'experienced' stream or a 'foundation' stream.

This MSc has units based around specialised themes such as:

  • Intelligent Systems
  • Robotics
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Creative Technologies
  • Security
  • Computer Architecture

This flexible programme structure allows you to shape the programme to suit your interests and career aspirations.  The units  you can take will be determined by the School in consultation with you, based on your previous experience of the unit pre-requisites and in consultation with your programme director. Please note that some unit combinations may not be possible owing to timetabling constraints.

You will study your units between October and mid-June. After completing the taught units, you will work on a project between mid-June and late September. The project consists of researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work. The project must contain a significant scientific or technical component and will usually involve software development.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Computer Science or a related discipline such as Mathematics, Statistics, Physics or Electrical Engineering. Good programming skills, including familiarity with data structures, in at least one mainstream programming language (eg C, C++, or Java) are essential.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

21 August 2016
Early application recommended; the programme will close once full.


This flexible programme allows you to cover both theory and practical applications of areas suited to your area of interest. It also allows you to design the MSc to suit your future plans for a role either in industry or to pursue a PhD.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 31% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 56% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 5130 Email:

MSc in Advanced Computing
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Faculty of Engineering
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