MSc Computer Science (conversion)Find a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Engineering|
One year full-time;
two years part-time
|Part-time study available||
Part-time students must be available to attend teaching activities during the normal core hours, Monday to Friday.
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Number of places||Not fixed|
|Start date||September 2016|
The aim of this MSc is to provide students coming from any discipline (other than computer science) with a wide understanding of computer science.
This MSc is a conversion programme meant for people with little or no previous academic computing experience and is designed for students coming from a wide range of academic backgrounds. The aims of this programme are to build:
- an understanding of the theoretical basis of computer science, and its importance in software development;
- an understanding of the underlying principles of computer systems and the applications;
- a foundation in professional standards of analysis, design, implementation, testing and documentation in software development;
- an appreciation of the current state and future directions of technological advances in computer science.
Update (24 June 2016): As a result of unprecedented demand for our Computer Science MSc programmes running in 2016/17, we have now exceeded our target for UK/EU students and must now therefore close the programmes to new applications from UK/EU applicants. We still have a small number of 2016/17 places available for overseas applicants, although these places are also likely to be filled soon.
Fees for 2016/17
Full time fees
Part 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.
At the end of the first part of the course, you will be able to approach large-scale software engineering design in a professional manner. Emphasis is placed on design and management. The main thread is the design of large software systems, starting from the initial problem and proceeding through specification to a finished product. The main programming language used in the course is C.
In the second part of the course, you study, in depth, a selection of key topics in computer science. Having studied these topics, you will have the necessary background to begin work on your final projects. Furthermore, you must be capable of managing all levels of computer systems in your future careers.
- Object-Oriented Programming with Java
- Overview of Computer Architecture
- Programming in C
- Research Skills
- Software Engineering and Group Project
- Web Technologies
You must complete a project that involves researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work. The project must contain a significant scientific or technical component and/or a software development component. It is usually submitted in September.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in any subject other than computer science. Competence in mathematics must be demonstrated, with at least a good grade in GCSE Mathematics or preferably with A-level Mathematics or equivalent university-level experience.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Selection process||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
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.|
As a result of unprecedented demand for our Computer Science MSc programmes running in 2016/17, we have now exceeded our target for UK/EU students and must now therefore close the programmes to new applications from UK/EU applicants. We still have a small number of 2016/17 places available for overseas applicants, although these places are also likely to be filled soon.
The programme is sufficiently general to give you an excellent background for a professional career in industrial or commercial organisations, and the required background in computer science to enable you to undertake further study leading to the specialisations needed for a research career.
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.
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.
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MSc in Computer Science (conv)
Faculty of Engineering
University of Bristol
BS8 1TR, UK http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/graduate-school/pg-open/index.html http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/departments/computerscience