About the course

One of a range of degrees from the taught Master's Programme at the Department of Computer Science

This course will enhance your career prospects or prepare you for a programme of research that requires knowledge of one or more of these sub-discipline areas. You will benefit from wide range of taught modules from which to choose, and will be expected to complete a major project that extends and applies what you have learnt in one or more of the taught modules you have taken.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc (SW) Advanced Computer Science with Sandwich Placement
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Computer Science (Modular)

Why choose this course?

  • One of a range of advanced courses within our postgraduate Master's programme in Computer Science, this particular course provides you with a specialism combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills in advanced computer science.
  • This MSc will enable you to develop skills in using and critically evaluating a range of methods and tools currently employed in at least two specialist topics of computer science to advanced depth.
  • Taught by a highly-regarded and long-established computer science department with strong links to business.
  • Half the research outputs in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire have been rated at world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Professional Accreditations

The previous incarnation of this programme and its awards achieved accreditation from the BCS as below.

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer

This new version of the programme has been carefully designed to achieve appropriate levels of accreditation, and the department is currently in touch with the BCS regarding continued accreditation.

Course details

Careers

Our masters programme is designed to give Computer Science graduates the specialist, up-to-date skills and knowledge sought after by employers, whether in business, industry, government or research. This particular course will prepare you for a career such as a software engineer, developer or project manager.

What job can I get?

Our master's programme is designed to give Computer Science graduates the specialist, up-to-date skills and knowledge sought after by employers, whether in business, industry, government or research.

The MSc Advanced Computer Science course will equip students with in-depth knowledge and practical skills in at least two specialist topics of computer science to advanced depth.

Successful graduates may pursue a career in areas such as programming, artificial intelligence and robotics, computer networks, cyber security, data science, or software engineering, pending on the knowledge and skill set gained through the optional modules the graduates choose and complete

Teaching methods

Classes consist of lectures, small group seminars, and practical work in our well-equipped laboratories. We use modern, industry-standard software wherever possible. There are specialist facilities for networking and multimedia and a project laboratory especially for masters students. In addition to scheduled classes, you will be expected a significant amount of time in self-study, taking advantage of the extensive and up-to-date facilities. These include the Learning Resource Centres, open 24x7, with 1,500 computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet our versatile online study environment usable on and off campus, and open access to our labs.

Work Placement

This MSc is available with an optional one year industry placement. The 'with placement' programmes give you additional industrial experience by applying the skills you have learned throughout your studies.

This offers you the opportunity to work for one year in a highly professional and stimulating environment. You will be a full time employee in a company earning a salary and will learn new skills that can't be taught at University. During the placement, you will be able to gain further insight into industrial practice that you can take forward into your individual project.

We will provide excellent academic and personal support during both your academic and placement periods together with comprehensive careers guidance from our very experienced dedicated Careers and Placements Service.

Although the responsibility for finding a placement is with you, our Careers and Placements Service maintains a wide variety of employers who offer placement opportunities and organise special training sessions to help you secure a placement, from job application to the interview. Optional one-to-one consultations are also available.

In order to qualify for the placement period you must maintain an overall average pass mark of not less than 60% across all modules studied in semester ‘A’.

Structure

  • Year 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Programming Paradigms 30 Credits Compulsory
    Network System Administration 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Computer Science Masters Project 60 Credits Compulsory
    Preparation for Placement 0 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Work Placement for MSc Computer Science 0 Credits Compulsory
    Data Mining 15 Credits Optional
    Measures and Models for Software Engineering 30 Credits Optional
    Programming for Software Engineers 30 Credits Optional
    Software Engineering Practice and Experience 30 Credits Optional
    Distributed Systems Security 30 Credits Optional
    Secure Systems Programming 15 Credits Optional
    Multicast and Multimedia Networking 15 Credits Optional
    Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking 15 Credits Optional
    Artificial Life with Robotics 30 Credits Optional
    Neural Networks and Machine Learning 30 Credits Optional
    Theory and Practice of Artificial Intelligence 30 Credits Optional
    Information Security, Management and Compliance 15 Credits Optional
    Digital Forensics 15 Credits Optional
    Penetration Testing 15 Credits Optional
    Cyber Operations 15 Credits Optional
    Investigative Methods for Computer Science 15 Credits Optional
    Professional Issues 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *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

    For admission to MSc Computer Networks and Systems Security, the normal requirement is a good Honours Degree (or equivalent) in computer science or cognate discipline. The choice of award title students may be accepted on to will be determined by the award applied for and the prior learning of the student as demonstrated by the transcript for existing qualifications held by the applicant.

    Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate sufficient competence in English to benefit from the Programme.  This is normally demonstrated by recognised awards equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0. Candidates who do not satisfy these requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    The programme is subject to the University's Principles, Policies and Regulations for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes (in UPR SA03), along with associated procedures.  These will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Sandwich, 2 Years
    • Sandwich, 29 Months
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    16/01/202030/09/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    20/01/202031/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    16/01/202130/09/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    20/01/202131/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    25/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    16/01/202230/09/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    20/01/202231/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Mandatory Sandwich Placement year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students