This programme is intended for graduates with a previous degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, and with a solid foundation in programming. It allows students to broaden their knowledge of cutting edge areas of Computing through the choice of options from a range of advanced taught modules. It also provides the opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge of selected areas of Computing by individual project work. The final four months of the programme is spent on a summer project. This could either be a software development oriented project, or a research oriented project, supervised by a member of staff who is active in that research area. Students undertaking research oriented projects (typically those interested in a career in research and development, or the pursuit of further studies, such as a PhD) will also complete one or two research mini-projects in the first part of the programme and undertake a Research Skills course.
At least an Upper Second Class (2.1) degree or an international equivalent in Computer Science or a closely related discipline and a solid foundation in programming are required. Knowledge of object-oriented programming will be a strong asset. Students who have not studied in English must pass a recognised English test.
This is a one-year, full-time programme. In the first eight months, students spend half their time studying taught modules chosen from a wide range of topics, and the other half working on two mini-projects. In the final four months, one of the mini-projects is extended into the final summer dissertation. The mini-projects and the dissertation are individually supervised by a member of our research-active staff.
This Masters comprises two mini-projects, one per semester, which lead into the summer project. In previous years, students have surprised themselves by their achievement, regularly producing project work at the level expected of a very good first year research student. Your project supervisors are able to draw on their research experience to help you develop your ability to work confidently on difficult tasks.
The core modules of the degree are:
First Semester Mini-project
Second Semester Mini-project
Summer Masters Project
In addition, there is a wide variety of optional modules in different areas of Computer Science to choose from.
We also support you by providing training in transferable skills relevant to your project work and in your future career. Our extensive computing facilities are available 24 hours a day (including a wireless network) to allow you to link in to our services from your own machines and the information resources (specialist library, information retrieval databases, electronic journals, etc) to support your project and course work.
Students graduating from the MSc in Advanced Computer Science usually have developed a taste for working on difficult problems and look for a career where they will be able to apply their enhanced analytical and technical skills. The majority of our graduates look for Computer Science PhD places, either at the University of Birmingham, elsewhere in the UK or abroad. Some of our most successful PhD students studied for their MSc in the School of Computer Science. Other graduates move into industry, typically taking technically demanding jobs.
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