MSc Computer Science (conversion)

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2018

Programme overview

This MSc conversion programme is for students from a variety of academic backgrounds who have little or no previous academic computing experience. The aims of the programme are to build:

  • an understanding of the basis of computer science and its importance in software development;
  • an understanding of the underlying principles of computer systems and their applications;
  • an introduction to industrial-style methods 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 2018/19

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£13,700
Overseas: full-time
£21,100
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£17,300

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2018/19

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

Programme structure

The course is split into two teaching blocks and a summer project that involves researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work with a significant scientific, technical or software development component. The main programming languages taught on the course are C and Java. There is a strong emphasis on individual and group projects for putting into practice what you learn about software engineering, web technologies, databases, computer architecture and research skills.

By the end of the first teaching block you will have a solid foundation in imperative programming and computer hardware. You will also have begun the literature review component of your project. By the end of the second teaching block you will be able to apply industrial-style tools and techniques for agile software development and web applications in a teamworking context. You will also have refined your project idea and completed a detailed specification and work plan.

Over summer you will implement and evaluate your project and you will submit a dissertation describing your work in September.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Computer Science (conversion).

Entry requirements

A first or strong upper second-class honours degree with a final average of 65 per cent or above (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 A-level Mathematics or equivalent university-level experience.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

This course aims to provide a sufficiently comprehensive and practical foundation to enable you to start a new career in IT or to stand out from the crowd and enhance your employment opportunities within your existing field.

It will also provide the required background in computer science to enable you to undertake further study, leading to the specialisation needed for a research career.

How to apply
Application deadline:

18 August 2018: UK and EU applicants
31 July 2018: International applicants (who require a Tier 4 visa)
These deadlines dates have been set to allow you to obtain your visa and arrive to start your programme on time.

Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadlines.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa 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.

Joyce

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

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email: choosebristol-pg@bristol.ac.uk

http://www.bris.ac.uk/engineering/postgraduate http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/departments/computerscience

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