MSc Computer Science (conversion)

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Course length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
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

Programme overview

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.

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.

Programme structure

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.

Core Units

  • Databases
  • 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.

Entry requirements

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 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.


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.

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 Computer Science (conv)
Postgraduate Admissions
Faculty of Engineering
University of Bristol
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