Our computer science conversion course is for those who have little or no experience in computing. You will study the principles and practice of computing. It will include the fundamentals of computing science, database design, network technologies and programming.
This course can also be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), for example by ICT teachers who are switching to the new Computer Science curriculum.
Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment (around 90%). Recent examples include:
- Graduate Trainee, British Airways
- Software Developer, IBM UK
- Graduate Developer, Scott Logic
- Software Engineer, BT
Our research expertise feeds into our teaching. This means that you learn at the cutting edge of the discipline. We incorporate new techniques and knowledge into your learning and have an active research community. We have several research groups and four three research centres.
The course is delivered by the School of Computing. You can study over one year full time or two years' part time.
The first nine months of the full time course are devoted to taught modules (120 credits), which are examined by written papers. There will be about 20 contact hours per week. You will also undertake a substantial amount of supervised and unsupervised practical work.
The taught part of the course follows three main threads:
- programming: introduces the Java programming language
- computer architecture: covers the basic structure of computers and computer networks
- software engineering: considers the problems of the design and implementation of large computing systems produced by a team of designers and programmers
The three summer months are devoted to a dissertation project (worth 60 credits).
You can find more information on the School website:
Feedback from a recent graduate
I developed my interest in computing during the six years I spent working as a secretary. I had lots of PC experience, but no programming experience. I found returning to full-time education a challenge. The pace and volume of material covered in the course made a very demanding, but also a very fulfilling year. The syllabus was comprehensive, relevant and surprisingly interesting. I now work as a programmer for British Airways, and feel that the MSc has not only equipped me with the skills to be a professional in my field, but also to continue learning about computing science. I would definitely choose the same course again.
We seek British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all our degrees. This ensures that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry. A BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation. This is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.
The School of Computing at Newcastle University is an accredited and a recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.
You will have dedicated computing facilities in the School of Computing. You will have access to the latest tools for system analysis and development. For certain projects, special facilities for networking can be set up.
You will enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support your studies, including:
- high specification computers only for postgraduates
- over 300 PC's running Windows, 120 just for postgraduates
- over 300 Raspberry Pi devices
- the latest Windows operating system and development tools
- 27" monitors with high resolution (2560X1440) display
- motion capture facilities
- 3D printing facilities
- graphics processing unit
- cloud scale virtualisation facilities
- a Linux based website that you can customise with PHP hosting services
- haptic and wearable computing hardware
We have moved to the new £58m purpose-built Urban Sciences Building. Our new building offers fantastic new facilities for our students and academic community. The building is part of Newcastle Helix, a £350 million project bringing together:
- the public sector
- business and industry.
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- CSC8001 Programming and Data Structures
- CSC8002 Advanced Programming
- CSC8009 Research Methods for Computer Science
- CSC8010 Computer Environments
- CSC8004 Networks and Web Technologies
- CSC8005 Software Engineering with Group Project
- CSC8008 Information Systems
- CSC8099 Project and Dissertation for MSc Computer Science
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100
Full time: £21,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent, in any subject. Graduates of subjects related to computer science will be considered, but applications will be dealt with on an individual basis because of the potential overlap between the first degree and the modules on the course.
We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications provided they have relevant experience.
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- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.