MSc Advanced Computer Science (Online)

Why choose Herts?

  • Our MSc Advanced Computer Science is industry-focused, using delivery methods that have been tested throughout our long-term provision of the programme, but annually updated to reflect the most current development in advanced computer science field.
  • The course focuses on algorithmic solutions, but also allows you to study other core subjects in artificial intelligence, cyber security, data science and analytics or software engineering.
  • Our project-based delivery method combines advanced programming models and paradigms aimed at developing the highest level of problem solving and quality management skills in computer science.

About the course

This course will enable you to enhance your career prospects or prepare for a programme of research that requires knowledge of more of the sub-discipline areas. You will have a 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 they have taken.

Why choose this course?

Find out more information about how online study works, funding and how to apply.

  • 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 help you develop skills using and critically evaluating a range of methods and tools currently employed in the specialist topics of computer science to advanced depth.
  • Gain an internationally recognised master's degree.
  • Flexible online learning allows you to fit study around your other commitments, without travel and accommodation costs.
  • Taught by a highly regarded and long-established computer science department.
  • Benefit from the same academic standards and quality control procedures as our equivalent on campus course.

What will I study?

Our online MSc programmes are taught 100% online through the University’s virtual learning environment, StudyNet. Assessment is by coursework and online tests.

You will receive learning materials, take part in discussions and submit your assignments online. Additionally, you will receive study resources such as key e-books and any specialist software. You will have access to the University's extensive online library facilities, or be able to visit in person if you so choose.

The amount of study time required is no different from that needed for an on-campus programme. You should expect to spend at least 30 hours per week if studying full-time, and in proportion if part-time.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Advanced Algorithms and Paradigms (COM) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Responsible Technology (COM) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Computer Science Masters Project (COM) 60 Credits Compulsory
    Artificial Intelligence Programming (COM) 30 Credits Optional
    Big Data Analytics (COM) 15 Credits Optional
    Cyber Operations (COM) 15 Credits Optional
    Data Mining (COM) 15 Credits Optional
    Digital Forensics (COM) 15 Credits Optional
    Distributed Systems Security (COM) 15 Credits Optional
    Foundations of Data Science (COM) 30 Credits Optional
    Information Security Management and Compliance (COM) 30 Credits Optional
    Machine Learning (COM) 30 Credits Optional
    Measures and Models for Software Engineering (COM) 30 Credits Optional
    Penetration Testing (COM) 15 Credits Optional
    Software Engineering Practice (COM) 30 Credits Optional
    Theory and Practice of Artificial Intelligence (COM) 30 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Advanced Computer Science (Online) Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Computer Science (Modular) On-Line/Tutored E-Learning Download
    MSc Computer Science (Modular) On-Line/Tutored E-Learning Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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