MSc Computer Science (Online)

Why choose Herts?

  • Our MSc in Computer Science is a unique opportunity to those who consider to make career changes and want to work in a computer science related area by acquiring new qualifications in the field that is different from their first degree.
  • The course focuses on problem solutions drawn from the subject discipline of your first degree, and to problems that are relevant to your chosen career.
  • Project-based, combining software development with programming, database management system, information system design, and data structure and algorithms.

About the course

The 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.

Why choose this course?

For more information about how online study works, funding and how to apply, please visit UH Online.

  • One of a range of courses within our postgraduate Master's programme in Computer Science, this particular course provides you with a specialism in computer science and software development.
  • You will develop knowledge and skills in the models, methodologies, measures and tools that can be employed in computer science and software development.
  • Gain an internationally recognised master's degree from the UK's University of Hertfordshire.
  • 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.

You will be required to follow a prescribed course of taught modules designed for non-computing entrants and will be expected to complete a major independent project that applies what you have learnt to a problem drawn from the subject of t your first degree or from your chosen career path.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Data Structure and Algorithms (COM) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Enterprise Databases (COM) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Information System Design (COM) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Operating Systems and Networks 15 Credits Compulsory
    Programming and Program Design (COM) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Responsible Technology (COM) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Science Masters Project (COM) 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

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

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

    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.

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