MSc Advanced Computer Science with Placement Year

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry Accreditations: Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council, which enables you to prepare for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
  • Employment Prospects: Our graduates work as software engineers, developers, and project managers for organisations including IBM and Microsoft.
  • Work-Related Learning: You have a one-year paid-placement work-placement option. Students have gained work-placements with organisations including Hewlett Packard, BT, and Vodafone.

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.

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.

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.
  • Computer Science saw 90% of its research ranked as world-leading (Research Excellence Framework, 2022). 

What will I study?

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.

Where will I study?

Learn in our brand-new School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science building, opening in 2024, where you’ll experience a range of experiential learning zones.

The computer science labs are home to telecommunications, robotics and UX empathy labs, with a variety of research spaces that range from dark rooms to clean rooms, and sample prep labs to calibration and assembly labs.

You will also benefit from a Success and Skills Support Unit, which is aimed at helping you build your employability and academic skills. Plus, have access to industry mentors who will provide you with pastoral support, vocational guidance, and career progression opportunities.

The new building will also provide space to collaborate, with plenty of workshops, social and meeting spaces available. Even better, the building has been designed with the University’s net zero carbon target in mind, and forms part of our plan to replace or upgrade older sites that are energy inefficient. 

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Programming Paradigms 30 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
    Computational Algorithms and Paradigms 30 Credits Compulsory
    Team Research and Development Project 15 Credits Compulsory
    Legal and Ethical Practice Exercise 15 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
    Network System Administration 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
    Foundations of Data Science 30 Credits Optional
    Applied Data Science and Analytics 15 Credits Optional
    Wireless Mobile and Multimedia Networking 30 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc (SW) Advanced Computer Science with Sandwich Placement Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Computer Science (Modular) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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