MSc Advanced Computer Science with Research

Why choose Herts?

Research pathway available.

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.

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 award is targeted at those who have a good Honours degree in computer science or a very closely related discipline, and who wish to extend and deepen their knowledge in two or more different sub-discipline areas. It will enhance your career prospects or preparing for a programme of research that requires knowledge of one or more of these sub-discipline areas. Those studying for this award 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 they have learnt in one or more of the taught modules they have taken.

Graduates obtaining this award will be equipped to pursue research to PhD level, or to enter specialist employment in technically advanced and unpredictable working environments requiring sound judgment and the exercise of personal responsibility and initiative.

Why choose this course?

  • This MSc offers the opportunity for students to study advanced research topics in computer science, normally across multiple specialisms, and comprehensive research methods, and to undertake an extended masters project on a cutting-edge research topic.
  • 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 develop students on the skills of 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.

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.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Advanced Computer Science Masters Project 60 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
    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
  • Further course information

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

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    No

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