MEng (Hons) Computer Science

About the course

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This Master’s Programme allows you to study Computer Science at an advanced level, specialising in applying knowledge to real-world situations.

What you will learn

You will focus on software development, project management and team working.  There is a greater focus on applying knowledge to real-world situations.  You will complete an individual MEng project and study taught optional modules from both the BSc and the Master’s programmes.

First Year:  You will learn the foundations of the subject including topics such as an overview of the field, programming, modelling, and computing platforms.

Second Year:  You will deepen your understanding and develop more advanced skills.  There are technical modules on software development, programming, databases, operating systems and networks, plus two options.

Third Year:  You have the option of taking a year’s paid work placement.

Fourth Year:  You will be offered core modules on project planning, computer security, the user experience and concurrency, plus two options.  In addition you will undertake a team project, possibly in conjunction with a local business.

Final Year (4th or 5th):  You will study four taught options plus an extensive 60 credit individual project, typically a major piece of practical work.  In this final year, the project and at least two of the options are at Masters level.

Why choose this course?

  • Choose this course with its challenging Masters-level content and an emphasis on mainstream computer science and software development, or change to one of the others in our flexible programme.
  • Be taught by highly qualified staff, most with a PhD or other advanced degree plus research, teaching, or professional experience. 
  • Be part of a highly regarded well established computer science department with excellent facilities, a strong research background, and links to business and industry.
  • Prepare yourself for a career in the IT sector through a mix of academic, professional and practical study, with opportunities for industry certifications and a paid placement year.
  • Benefit from an NSS (National Student Survey) overall satisfaction score of 89% for the School.

Careers

Our graduates have become software developers, programmers, web developers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and IT consultants, or have studied for postgraduate degrees. There are careers across many employment sectors, including the IT industry, business, education and government.

Recent employers have included Blackberry, GSK, HP, IBM, John Lewis, and T-Mobile. Other graduates have continued with postgraduate studies (typically an MSc or PhD) at Hertfordshire or at other universities.

This particular degree title is at a more advanced level and hence is preparation for a wide variety of demanding careers in many areas of computing or software development, in technical work and/or management.

More about the course

This particular course is an enhanced and extended first degree that takes a year longer than our standard BSc and contains modules from our Masters programme.

It is broad-based and flexible, with an emphasis on mainstream computer science and software development, thus keeping your career options open. It draws on the School’s breadth of expertise and its extensive experience of computer science education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

In the First and Second Years you will study the same modules as the BSc programme to give you a broad base of knowledge.

In the Third Year there is an option to undertake a paid work placement or study abroad at one of our worldwide partner

universities.

If you do not take a year out, the Third Year mirrors the BSc programme; however, instead of an individual project you will work on a team project with fellow MEng students,

giving you opportunities to develop project management and team working skills.

In the Final Year there is more focus on applying knowledge to real-world situations, and you will complete an individual Master’s level project.

The course is for anyone with an interest in academic computer science, in particular software development, and how it can be applied to benefit individuals and organisations. As it is more demanding than the BSc, the entry requirements are higher and you need to maintain at least a 2:1 equivalent standard throughout. It is not necessary to have A-level or equivalent in Maths, Computer Science or ICT.

The programme as a whole is very flexible. The MEng in Computer Science course gives you the opportunity for an optional work placement in the third year, a number of options in later years, and the chance to switch to the BSc in Computer Science should you wish to complete the course sooner.  Equally, it is possible to switch to the MEng from the BSc in Computer Science during the first two years of the course.  However, you do not need to decide until you have started your course and can make an informed choice based on experience.

Teaching methods

Computer Science is both an academic and a practical subject so you will be taught in different ways such as lectures, smaller group tutorials, supervised practicals (labs) and self-study including experiential learning. Assessment is by a mix of in-class tests, exams, and coursework.

The School has well equipped laboratory facilities, with PCs running Windows 7 and/or Linux and a whole range of industry-standard and educational software from Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, and others. There are specialist labs for networking, multimedia, devices, robotics, and projects.

In addition to scheduled classes, about 16 hours per week in Year 1, you will be expected to spend the same amount of time in self-study taking advantage of the University's extensive and up-to-date facilities.    These include the Learning Resource Centres (LRCs), open 24x7, with over 1,200 computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet our versatile online study environment accessible on and off campus, and open access to our labs.

Most of our students own their own PC or Mac, but this is not essential since you can use the university facilities instead or as well.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement for your third year. We encourage you to take advantage since on average placement students have a greater chance of finding good employment after graduation and achieve higher grades in their final year.

Work placements are spent in a paid job relevant to your degree. You apply in the second year, with support from the University using our extensive contacts with employers.  Recent placement students have worked at large organisations such as:

  • Apple
  • BT
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • GSK
  • Microsoft
  • Xerox.
  • Numerous smaller organisations, some family-run or near home.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Human Dimensions of Computing - 30 Credits
  • Programming - 30 Credits
  • Models and Methods in Computing - 30 Credits
  • Platforms for Computing - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Contemporary Issues - 15 Credits
  • Database Concepts - 15 Credits
  • Computer Science Development Exercise - 30 Credits
  • Algorithms and Data Structures - 15 Credits
  • Operating Systems and Networks - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Artificial Intelligence - 15 Credits
  • Computer Architecture - 15 Credits
  • Cognitive and Social Robotics - 15 Credits
  • The C Family - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • User Experience - 15 Credits
  • Computer Systems Security - 15 Credits
  • Concurrency - 15 Credits
  • Strategic IT Management - 15 Credits
  • Enterprise Systems - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Professional Work Placement in Computer Science - 0 Credits
  • AI Robotics and Applications - 15 Credits
  • Software Engineering Practice - 15 Credits
  • Cyber Security - 15 Credits
  • Software Quality - 15 Credits
  • Machine Learning and Neural Computing - 15 Credits
  • Quantum Computing - 15 Credits
  • Mobile Computing - 15 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Study Abroad - 0 Credits

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Measures and Models for Software Engineering - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Computer Science Masters Project - 60 Credits
  • MEng Project Planning - 15 Credits
  • MEng Team Project - 30 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2017/2018 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11850 for the 2017/2018 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry 

120 UCAS points. 

IB - 104 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core). GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above

GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201826/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201822/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
25/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
25/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)