Advanced Computer Science MSc

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000 part time £3,000
International: full time £15,490 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This one-year Masters programme is suitable for students with a Bachelors degree in computing science. It provides excellent preparation for careers in computer architecture or project management, for undertaking basic research or establishing your own consulting or software development companies. If your plans change, the skills you gain through this course will be valued in a wide range of careers.

The topics covered are closely linked to the research strengths of the School of Computing Science so you will engage at an advanced level with the latest developments in the field, covering both theory and application of the associated techniques.

The flexible programme means that you can tailor your study to your own interests and needs. As well as a group project, it includes an individual project which provides you with an opportunity to undertake a challenging research project while working closely with leading researchers.

The programme aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of;

  • Skills in computer and information systems, including the analysis and development of a high integrity system;
  • Project management in the context of software and IT systems development;
  • Skills required for a career in an industrial or academic research environment, including reading and interpretation of professional and research literature;
  • Team working as required in a professional environment, developed through a group project in which you will design and implement software under time and resource constraints;
  • Technical and professional skills to underpin personal development and future career success.


The MSc provides a wide range of modules and can be tailored to your individual interests and needs.

Comprehensive computer science research training is also provided to help promote development of your skills in computer and information systems. The programme will also enable you to develop both your technical and professional skills to underpin personal development and future career success.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

A second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in computing science, or a discipline with a significant computing component (eg engineering, systems engineering or mathematics). We also value relevant industrial computing experience and transferable skills.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62, or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Students on industrial placements receive additional payments determined by their sponsoring company.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Early application is advised.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Admissions Secretary
School of Computing Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8072

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Computing Science.