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Overview

Our MSc Advanced Computing course is designed to develop practical skills by providing a comprehensive understanding of fundamental knowledge and hands-on experience of advanced computing technologies within industry and academia.

Common modules will focus on planning, analysing, developing, evaluating, deploying, and managing advanced computing systems and services for modern day organisations and businesses. 

All common modules are designed to respect the key themes of advanced computing, delivering research informed teaching in lectures, tutorials, and laboratory sessions.

Unique and challenging modules are introduced, including Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications, Data Mining, and visualisation. The Ethics for IT professionals and Object Oriented Analysis and Design modules provide the basics for Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) streams.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

 

Academic Requirements

You should possess an Honours Degree (2.2 or above) in Computing/ Engineering (or Relevant Disciplines) from a UK academic institute or an equivalent 4-year international degree qualification.

You may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

English Language Requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

IELTS Score Exceptions

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

On our course, unique and challenging modules are introduced, for example:

  • Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications
  • Data Mining and Visualisation

 

These are in addition to:

  • Ethics for IT professionals
  • Object Oriented Analysis and Design

 

Each stream offered has its own dedicated modules such as:

  • Advanced Data Science
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Advanced Wireless Networking Technologies
  • Internet-of-Things

 

Two common modules focus on research and the latest trends in the field, namely:

  • Research Design and Methods
  • Emerging Topics in Smart Networks

 

All of these modules will help to define and complete your research project on time.

Teaching and Assessment

Common modules you will focus on include:

  • Planning
  • Analysing
  • Developing
  • Evaluating
  • Deploying
  • Managing advanced computing systems/services

 

All common modules will respect the overarching themes of advanced computing, delivering research informed teaching in:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions

 

Our other modules will focus on academic, research and ethical practices within a professional environment.

You will study the latest trends and technologies in Advanced Computing in the following modules together with a dissertation to obtain our MSc degree:

  • Mobile Networks and Smartphone Application
  • Data Mining and Visualization
  • Ethics for IT professionals
  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Emerging Topics in Smart Networks

 

You will also select two of the following specialist modules:

  • Internet-of-Things
  • Advanced Wireless Networking Technologies
  • Advanced Data Science
  • Intelligent Systems

 

These modules are carefully selected to prepare you to make notable contributions in modern day organizations by making use of internet-of-things. Equipped with necessary knowledge and hand-on experience our course will enhance your employability within the UK and internationally.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects

Jobs

Your employment opportunities will depend on your specialisation and may include:

  • Systems analyst
  • IT manager
  • Software development manager
  • Applications development

Computing scientists are commonly well paid and work in varied environments including small, medium and large businesses and research institutions.

Further Study

Successful completion of our MSc Advanced Computing course prepares you for advanced research studies in related technology areas. You will have the priority to be admitted to our MPhil/PhD degree courses.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£3,400 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£3,400 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£3,400 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

 

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.

APPLY ONLINE

The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.

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