This Advanced Computer Science master's is suitable 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:
- systems engineering
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.
The MSc Advanced Computer Science is demanding and rewarding. It has 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
- cloud computing
The Advanced Computer Science master's 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.
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MSc is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of a science-related subject. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MSc full time over 12 months.
A Master of Science is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation or research project.
What you'll learn
Topics are taught at an advanced level. The topics link closely with the research strengths of the School. This means we'll introduce you to the latest developments. You'll 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.
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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If you have the necessary prerequisites you may (at the end of Semester 1) get Degree Programme Director permission to replace Research Methods and Group Project in Security and Resilience with Research Methods and Group Project in Cloud Computing.
You're normally required to take one of the following modules:
*If you have limited programming experience on entry, you are required to take this module option.
How you'll learn
You can study over one year full time, or two years part time, leading to the award of an MSc.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Computer assessment
- Design or creative project
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral examination
- Practical lab report
- Problem-solving exercises
You'll 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'll 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
You'll 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.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Our staff teaching you have international reputations for their contributions to the field and some have extensive experience as practitioners in industry.
What are the job opportunities after completing a MSc Computer Science?
Our Advanced Computer Science master's will provide you with the skills to pursue a career as a software architect or project manager. You'll also be able to undertake basic research or establish your own consulting or software development company.
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
You'll have access to a range of latest tools in areas such as:
- security analysis
- cloud development
- system development
The School of Computing is based in the £58million Urban Sciences Building, a flagship development located on the £350m Newcastle Helix regeneration site in the heart of Newcastle. It brings together:
- the public sector
- business and industry
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
Find out more about:
- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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- On-campus open days
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We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.
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