Newcastle University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced Computer Science (Taught)

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Course summary

Our Advanced Computer Science MSc provides you with training in a range of emerging computer science topics that will underpin your future career in computing. About this course You'll be suitable for this course if you're an honours graduates within computing science. You can also be a graduate from a discipline with a significant computing component such as: engineering systems engineering mathematics. We also value relevant industrial computing experience and transferable skills. We provide flexible study options so you can tailor your module choices to match your interests and skills. You can select from a wide range of taught modules in the first half of the course and then select your own focus for the final project. Comprehensive computer science research training will help to develop your skills in computer and information systems. This provides a basis for PhD study. You'll also develop your technical and professional skills to underpin personal development and future career success. What you'll learn We teach the topics covered at an advanced level and they have close links to the research strengths of the School. We will introduce you to the latest developments in the fields covered. You will focus on both the theory and application of the associated techniques. The topics covered include: advanced programming distributed algorithms information management safety and dependable systems security and trust formal modelling and system validation internet programming human factors engineering. A team project is also incorporated into the course to provide an opportunity for the development of team working skills. Your development Placements: Members of our industry advisory group help to ensure that the course is relevant to the needs of business and industry today. There are opportunities to choose a project for your final dissertation that has some industry involvement associated with it. You also have the unique opportunity to apply for a small number of work placements with our industrial partners as part of their projects. Previous students have found placements with organisations such as Redhat. Research links: The course is demanding and rewarding with close links to ongoing research in the School of Computing. We have leading international research groups and three research centres focusing on a wide range of computer science fields, including: security and resilience dependable systems cybercrime cloud computing. Your experience: You will be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the School, participating in seminars delivered by distinguished external speakers. Our experienced and helpful staff will be happy to offer support with all aspects of your course from admissions to graduation and developing your career. The course is part of a suite of related courses that also include: Computer Security and Resilience MSc Cloud Computing MSc All three courses share core modules. This creates a tight-knit cohort that has encouraged collaborations on projects undertaking interdisciplinary research. Project work During the course you will also complete an individual project. This five month project gives you an opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in depth, and to work in a research or development team. You will have one-to-one supervision from an experienced member of staff, supported with supervision from industry partners as required. The project can be carried out in: one of the research groups at Newcastle an industry laboratory your place of work. Accreditation We have a policy of seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all of our degrees, so you can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.

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  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in computing science (though students who have a 2:2 with strong, relevant industrial experience will be considered). We also accept subjects with a significant computing component, such as: engineering systems engineering mathematics We also value relevant industrial computing experience and transferable skills. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: IELTS Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course. Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.


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Advanced Computer Science at Newcastle University - UCAS