MSc Computer Science

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry Accreditation: Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) enabling graduates to register at The Chartered Institute for IT as a Chartered IT Professional.
  • Work Placement Opportunities: You have an optional one-year industry placement. Previous graduates have worked for organisations including Hewlett Packard, BT, and Vodafone.
  • Employment Prospects: Graduates work as Business and IT Analysts, HR system managers, and IT managers for organisations including Google, Parker Hannifin, and Kellkoo.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Professional Accreditations

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.

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About the course

One of a range of degrees from the taught Masters Programme at the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science our course is especially designed for graduates of numerate subjects other than computer science. It is mostly taught separately from the other courses. It intensively covers a broad range of the key principles and techniques of computer science.

There is an emphasis on software development, in particular when applied to solving problems in other disciplines. Depending on the modules chosen, it can lead to a career in areas such as systems development, IT management, or the deployment of advanced applications in specific disciplines.

Why choose this course?

  • This MSc is one of a range of advanced courses within our postgraduate masters programme in Computer Science, this particular course provides you with a specialism in software engineering.
  • You will develop knowledge and skills in the models, methodologies, measures and tools that can be employed in software development considered as an engineering discipline.
  • You will be 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
    Operating Systems and Networks 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Architectures 15 Credits Compulsory
    Systems Modelling 30 Credits Compulsory
    Programming and Program Design 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Issues 15 Credits Compulsory
    Software Development Exercise 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Science Masters Project 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

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

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

    Student experience

    At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.

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