Postgraduate

Computer Science MSc

Computer Science MSc

MSc- full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months
CPD modules available

Profile

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.


Your course during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.


About this course

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

Delivery

The course is delivered by the School of Computing. If you are undertaking the full time MSc, the first nine months of the course are devoted to taught modules (120 credits), which are examined by written papers. 

The course is also delivered part-time over 24 months.

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.

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

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Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.

MSc

Home

Full time: £12,000

International

Full time: £24,900

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

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.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

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.

Start dates

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.

Deposit

If you are an international applicant for 2021 entry, you must:

  • pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500 by the deadline stated in your offer letter
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.