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Advanced Computer Science (MSc)

1 year (Full-time) / 3 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

The MSc Advanced Computer Science offers students exposure to state-of-the-art topics that are driving key technological developments and trends.

Course Aims

Designed for computing graduates who wish to differentiate themselves further through an advanced mastery of the discipline, this flagship programme offers exposure to state-of-the-art topics that are driving key technological developments and trends.

Special Features

Advanced Computer Science MSc

Course Description

Computer Science is one of the fastest moving academic disciplines and the outcomes of research and innovation in this field have a massive social impact. The subject spans all aspects of modern life, and this programme offers you the opportunity to apply new skills and advanced techniques to the area of your choice, whilst allowing you to demonstrate that you are at the forefront of your discipline.

Core to this programme is the opportunity to further develop the scope of your problem solving skills by studying advanced programming languages and new programming paradigms. You will choose to study optional, research-led modules that allow the freedom to build a distinctive personal portfolio of skills and knowledge. These are structured around advanced topics in the School's three core research areas:

A module in e-commerce and innovation will enhance your transferable skills and employment prospects. In 2014-15, optional topics will include Web and Social Computing and Forensics, Trust and Identity (which includes the opportunity to gain external accreditation for use of forensic tools including the market-leading Micro Systemation XRY forensic software).

During the summer months you will undertake an individual research project and complete a dissertation under the supervision of a member of academic research staff. The topic for this will be driven by your own interests.

Successful graduates will be able to demonstrate to employers both a deep understanding and broad knowledge concerning state-of-the-art computer science from a research and development perspective. 60 credits of the 180 credit programme concern the dissertation and individual supervision.

Course Structure

Full time students will take two compulsory modules per term with an additional two optional modules. Part-time students take one compulsory module per term with an additional optional module.

Core Modules

Option Modules

Skills Acquired

Successful graduates will be able to demonstrate to employers both a deep understanding and broad knowledge concerning state-of-the-art computer science from a research and development perspective.

Career Prospects

Graduates from this course will be ideally placed to pursue a number of careers, such as systems architects, programmers and software developers, and could also pursue a research career via doctoral studies.

Testimonials

"The world needs the next generation of leaders in the field of computer science. Innovation depends upon people who have the knowledge and skills to make a difference; the opportunities out there for qualified and talented people are enormous. Our ethos on this programme is for research-led teaching so students are exposed to the state-of-the-art from our internationally recognised subject specialists." Professor Stephen Hurley, Head of the School of Computer Science and Informatics.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will possess a 2:2 honours degree in computer science, computing or a cognate subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area).

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £7,560.00
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £3,780.00
    Project fee: £945
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £17,500.00
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £8,750.00
    Project fee: £2187

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Leigh Hodge  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9342 

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Email: computing-pg@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Contact

Name: Dr Matthew Williams  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4683 

Fax:  

Email: M.J.Williams@cs.cardiff.ac.uk  

School Contact

Name: Ms Tracey Lavis (Administrative Contact)  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6906 

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