MSc Computer Science (conversion)

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
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
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This MSc conversion programme is for those with little or no previous academic computing experience and is designed for students coming from a variety 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 their 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 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

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

Programme structure

At the end of the first part of the programme, 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 programme you will study a selection of key topics in computer science in depth. Having studied these topics, you will have the necessary background to begin work on your final project. Furthermore, you will 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 will also complete a project that involves researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work, and containing a significant scientific or technical component or a software development component. It is usually submitted in September.

Find out more about the programme structure and units available for MSc Computer Science (conversion)

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.

Application method 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.


The programme gives you an excellent background for a 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.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Due to the high volume of applications received, this programme is now closed to applicants from the UK and EU.

In the interests of selecting a balanced international student cohort, the Faculty of Engineering will continue to welcome applications from international students that fulfil our admissions criteria. The application deadline for international students is 18 August 2017. Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadline.

International students

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

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