MSc Advanced Computer Science (January start)

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Key facts

  • Start date: January
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time

Study with us

  • advanced masters designed for graduates with a degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, with significant programming experience
  • choose from a broad range of optional modules to match your interests and career aspirations
  • opportunity to undertake your summer research project with one of our external partners
  • guest lectures from leading employers and our expert alumni
  • skilled computer science professionals are in high demand

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Why this course?

Computer science supports the build, development and use of computer systems. Systems development is of crucial importance in many areas of modern life. As new technologies continue to emerge, there's a growing worldwide need for skilled, expert computer science professionals.

Our MSc in Advanced Computer Science has a small number of compulsory modules, supplemented by a wide variety of optional modules. You can choose from this range of optional modules to tailor your own programme of advanced study to meet your academic interests and career aspirations, whether your interests relate to software engineering, or to data science.

What you’ll study

You’ll study two eleven week semesters, each with 3-4 modules. Each module typically has four hours of lectures, laboratory practicals and/or tutorials, with additional study time required to enhance and apply your understanding of the topics covered, through further reading, self-directed study and assignments. In the summer, between June and August, you’ll undertake an in-depth three month research project.

 

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Course content

Learning & teaching

Our teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals and combinations of individual and group work. These will not only develop your expertise in computer science, but also in communication, team-working and analytical skills which are all essential skills for your future career.

You’ll have regular contact with our expert staff, many of whom have been nominated for, and won, teaching awards based on nominations by our students.

Assessment

Assessment is through a combination of individual work, group work, exams and practical work in laboratories. Around half the classes are assessed entirely by coursework, the others are a combination of coursework and examination.

Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues for the Information Society (10)

This class aims to ensure that you're aware of the legal, social, ethical and professional issues commensurate with the practice of Information Systems Engineering.

Research Methods (10)

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research processes and associated techniques, including the effective presentation of findings in accordance with the best principles of scholarship.

Select 100 credits from the options below:

Advanced Topics in Software Engineering (20)

The aim of this class is to introduce you to a selection of recent advances in software engineering, along with some of the challenges and outstanding problems.

Designing Usable Systems (20)

In this class, you'll develop research level understanding of the design and evaluation of interactive systems and interfaces for newly emerging technologies and computing domains such as ubiquitous and mobile computing, universal access and domain-specific applications (e.g. older adults, education, health, children).

Information Retrieval (10)

You'll learn to:

  • critically examine a number of influential information-seeking models
  • provide an understanding of research methodologies for studying human information behaviour
  • examine important concepts, such as relevance, in the context of information seeking and retrieval
  • examine how findings from information seeking theory and practise can inform the design of information access systems
  • outline the theory and technology used to construct modern Information Retrieval and Access systems
  • critically evaluate the assumptions behind the evaluation of Information Retrieval systems
Project Management (20)

This class will help you:

  • appreciate the practicalities of project evaluation and management
  • understand and use techniques for the evaluation, planning and management of projects
  • examine the issues and problems in being a project manager
  • gain an appreciation of the project environment
Distributed Information Systems (20)

This class will give you an extended understanding of the deep, technical issues underlying information systems in the particular context of distributing content over the world-wide web.

Mobile Software & Applications (20)

You'll develop a research-level understanding of the design and evaluation of interactive systems and interfaces for newly emerging technologies and computing domains such as ubiquitous and mobile computing, universal access and domain-specific applications (e.g. older adults, education, health, children).

Software Architecture & Design (20)

The aims of this class are to:

  • enable you to understand the challenges of advanced software design and the issues associated with large-scale software architectures, frameworks, patterns and components
  • develop your understanding of the tools and techniques that may be used for the automatic analysis and evaluation of software
Machine Learning for Data Analytics (20)

The aim of this class is to equip you with a sound understanding of the principles of machine learning and a range of popular approaches, along with the knowledge of how and when to apply the techniques. The class balances a solid theoretical knowledge of the techniques with practical application via Python (and associated libraries) and students are expected to be familiar with the language. Aspects of the course will be highly mathematical and technical requiring strong math and programming ability (Python and Tensorflow).

Business Analysis (10)

This class aims to provide tools and techniques for the effective analysis and design of business information systems and enable you to develop an understanding of their respective advantages, disadvantages and applicability.

Evolutionary Computing for Finance (20 credits)

This class provides you with an overview of the application of evolutionary computation techniques – those which mimic natural evolutionary processes (genetic algorithms, genetic programming and neural networks in particular) – to a range of financial applications such as forecasting, portfolio optimisation and algorithmic trading.

Over the summer semester, from June until August, you'll undertake a significant piece of work that will be your MSc project.  This is typically a very practical activity, and can include:

  • Analysing a problem and designing, implementing and evaluating a solution
  • Conducting an in-depth experimental analysis of technique or technology
  • Performing an analysis of a large data set, and building and evaluating models of the data

We'll also have a range of projects available that are sponsored by our staff based on their latest research, and many that come direct from the employers we work with, representing real-world problems they are trying to solve.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements / experience

Minimum second-class honours degree or international equivalent in computer science or a closely related discipline.

Significant programming experience, preferably in Java or another object-oriented language.

Other disciplines who have significant programming experience should contact us to discuss applying for this course.

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.0. Please see English Language Teaching for full details.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests other than IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland

£8,100

Rest of UK

£8,100

International

£18,100

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Careers

There will be opportunities for you to meet industry employers and take part in recruitment events, in addition to taking advantage of a wealth of support offered by our award-winning careers service. We have a dedicated careers fair for our computer science and information management students each year, with over 30 leading companies, including:

  • Amazon
  • JP Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • British Telecom
  • Bridgeall
  • Kana
  • Skyscanner
  • ThinkAnalytics

As a graduate you could progress to be an analyst, architect or developer. There's a demand for advanced practitioners and researchers in the growing area of embedded systems development.

How much will I earn?

  • Systems Analyst – typical salaries for junior analysts are around £25,000. More experienced analysts earn £40,000 a year, on average.*
  • Applications Developer – graduate salaries start at around £20,000. This can vary depending on the size of the employer and the sector which you're working in. The typical salary range for a senior applications developer is approximately £45,000 to £50,000.*

*Information is intended only as a guide. 

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Advanced Computer Science - January intake

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Jan 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

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Contact us

PGT Admissions Team

Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5147

Email: science-masters@strath.ac.uk