MSc Computer Science (conversion)Find a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Engineering|
|Programme length||One year full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2020|
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 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
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.
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 2020/21
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The programme 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 architecture. You will also have begun to acquire research skills and started to familiarise yourself with topics for your project. By the end of the second teaching block you will be able to apply industrial-style tools and techniques for 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 the 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).
An upper second-class honours degree with a final average of 60 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:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
This programme 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.
18 August 2020: UK and EU applicants
31 July 2020: International applicants (who require a Tier 4 visa)
These deadline dates have been set to allow you time to obtain your visa and arrive to start your programme on time.
Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadlines.
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.
REF 2014 results
- Computer Science and Informatics:
- 31% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 56% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 12% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org