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MSc Computer Science (1 year full-time)

This one year MSc Computer Science degree allows you to choose modules from our more specialist programmes including artificial intelligence, cyber security, signal processing, software engineering, and web science and technology and will provide the opportunity to deepen your understanding of one or more of these areas.

Introducing your degree

Computer science drives the fundamental technologies of today’s connected world. Take your place to set the agenda for tomorrow’s ever-changing digital future.

Programme Overview

This umbrella programme allows you to choose modules from our more specialist programmes in Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Signal Processing, Software Engineering, and Web Science and Technology.  In semester one, you can cover the foundations of a number of these specialist areas, and for your other taught subjects you can choose specialist modules to deepen your understanding of one or more of these areas.

Your programme leader and personal tutor will help you to make an appropriate selection based on your background and interests.

View the programme specification document for this course

Programme Structure

You will be assigned a project supervisor and project area or topic to work on.  Before the start of the project you will learn about appropriate research methods and prepare an extended project brief and review of the relevant literature.  In the summer, following your second semester examinations, you will undertake the main work of the project, which you write up as an extended report or dissertation of up to 15,000 words or 60 pages. 

Topics may include:

Agile and Object Oriented Development; Applications of Security in IT; Aspect Oriented Programming and Program Generation; Computer Vision; Cryptography; E-Business Strategy; Enterprise Web Development; Evolution of Complexity; Formal Design of Systems; Hypertext and Web Technologies; Intelligent Agents; Machine Learning; Robotics; Safety Critical Systems; Semantic Web Technologies; Social Networking Technologies; Software Project Management and Quality Assurance; Web Development; Web Services.

To Apply

You can apply for the programme through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. Visit our how to apply pages for more information.

Key Facts

Southampton University has pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years

We are in the top 10% in the UK for the volume and quality of our Computer Science research (REF 2014)

100% of our Computer Science research impact is world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

We have been ranked in the UK top ten for Computer Sciences for over ten years by the Guardian University Guide

Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Computer Science in the 2016 QS World Rankings

We are one of only 13 universities recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the UK Government and our academics are playing a leading role in establishing a European Data Science Academy

We are number one in the UK for graduate prospects in Computer Science in the Complete University Guide 2017

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Honours Degree:

Our normal entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in a related discipline, such as mathematics, physics, engineering or computer science.

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applications from international students. For information on applying, visit the International Office website

Selection process:

All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The programme may require adaptation for students with disabilities (eg hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.

Modules

Career Opportunities

Computer Science students from Southampton mainly go on to work in the software industry, often as developers, but also as consultants, project managers, testing and support, or technical specialists. 

These roles support a variety of sectors including:

  • banking and finance
  • consumer electronics
  • defence, engineering
  • entertainment
  • insurance
  • power generation
  • telecommunications
  • television

As well as larger multinationals, many students also go on to work for small to medium enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups.

Visit our careers hub for more information.

Costs

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Location

Highfield Campus

Highfield is our main campus and the heart of the University. Set in beautiful green surroundings, it’s easily accessible from the city centre. University Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.

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