The Advanced Computer Science MSc course will enable you to develop a high level of understanding and technical skill at the leading edge of the subject.
This course has been specifically designed to address the pace of change in this vibrant discipline by giving you breadth of knowledge in several areas, a range of advanced skills, and the expertise necessary to engage in work at the forefront of the application of computer science.
You will gain experience of working as part of a highly-specialised research group through the significant individual project which is an integral part of the course.
This is a full-time, one year taught course, intended for students who already have a good first degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a closely related discipline, who would like to develop a deeper level of understanding and technical skill.
The course will build on your existing strong foundation in computer science. It will enable you to undertake more senior roles in the IT industry, engage in cutting-edge research and development or progress to a Computer Science PhD once you have successfully completed the course.
Our staff are at the cutting edge of their fields and we maintain strong links with industry.
This course is heavily based on research, and all optional modules are led by academic staff who are active in that particular research area. The modules build upon the work currently being undertaken within the Department, connecting you directly to our research.
Industrial practice also strongly influences the content of our courses. We have active industrial partners and an Industrial Advisory board to ensure that what you learn will be relevant and applicable to the workplace, once you leave the University.
You will benefit from free choice across all the modules, subject to prerequisites. You will also take a mandatory module on Professional and Research Skills. The course concludes with an individual research project.
To make the choices easier, we have organised the modules into four logical themes which you may wish to pursue. The themes are: research, software engineering, cyber security, and interactive technologies. Undertaking these themes will expose you to some of the latest techniques in these fields. The degree awarded for this course will still be an MSc in Advanced Computer Science regardless of which combination of modules you take. If you are particularly interested in gaining deeper knowledge and experience in Cyber Security or Human Computer Interactive Technologies then we also have specialist MScs available in those areas. You will also take a professional and research skills module which provides a sound basis for the individual research project.
You will have the chance to discuss your own particular fields of study with your personal supervisor when you start the course.
You'll also study four option modules. Examples from previous years have included:
The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.
Due to timetabling, prerequisites for some modules, and other constraints, the modules you are able to choose from may be limited.
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
The dissertation will form part of the assessment of your research project. You will write a 50-page academic paper.
You will have the opportunity to undertake an assessed individual research project as part of this course. This will take place over the final term and summer vacation and will be a culmination of the taught modules you have taken during the course, allowing you to focus on a specialist area of interest.
The project will give you an introduction to independent research, as well as providing the context of a research group working on topics that will be allied to your own. You will develop the skills and understanding in the methods and techniques of research in Computer Science.
In order to undertake the project you will be allocated a project advisor who will be a research expert and will guide you in your chosen area of interest.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£11,770||£27,200|
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
Teaching quality is excellent - it isn't text book oriented and it always encourages you to develop your understanding on a topic by reading journals and research articles.Savitri Pandey
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
The first half of the course is taken up by taught modules. Each module comprises a mix of lectures, problem classes and practical classes, plus personal study time. In the second half of the course, you'll undertake an individual research project under the supervision of a member of staff.
Throughout the course you will have a personal tutor, who will provide academic and pastoral advice. When you undertake your individual project, you will be allocated a supervisor within your area of interest. The taught modules will take place in the first half of the course. You should expect to be working on open assessments during vacation periods.
Work on your individual project will start around the beginning of April, and you will receive regular one-to-one supervisions throughout your project. You will continue to work on your individual project over the summer, and there will be continuing supervision and research-group meetings to discuss your project. You will finish the course when you hand in your dissertation and paper for your project in September.
Due to the intensive nature of the course, you will need to be in York throughout both semesters and over the summer while you undertake your individual project.
Built to the highest specifications, the Department is packed with cutting-edge facilities housed in a modern, self-contained building.
The Department houses four software and two hardware laboratories.
Our Interaction Labs provide excellent facilities for research and teaching in human-computer interaction. The Interaction Labs consist of an Accessibility and Usability Lab and a Games Research Lab, both of which are stocked with the latest technologies.
Our Real Time Systems Lab is the main research and development facility for the Real Time Systems research group. Inside the laboratory is a range of high-performance computers, custom hardware like FPGAs, robots, and various industrial machinery.
The Computer Vision group have a darkroom laboratory which enables us to conduct experiments in controlled illumination conditions and a second laboratory which includes a commercial 3D scanner.
Our Robotics Laboratory is a purpose-built laboratory used for various robotics research projects and teaching. Within it, there is a dedicated student working area, with workstations and electronics bench equipment, alongside the main 80m2 robotics arena. The arena features a 5.5m high ceiling allowing drone experiments to take place as well as ground-based robots. Special tracking systems are installed to allow positional data of the robots to be extracted. There is also a workshop area with CAD, soldering and 3D printing facilities.
Find out more about our facilities, including a video tour, showing our labs, teaching and research spaces.
Computer Science is based on Campus East. The majority of teaching on this course takes place on Campus East in the Computer Science building and Ron Cooke Hub.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
All the modules you take will be assessed, and we employ a variety of forms of assessment. These include practical exercises, reports and closed examinations. Your project assessment will be made up of a dissertation.
Assessments take place at various times during the year. Closed examinations are taken in the three week assessment periods that follow each semester.
Practical exercises, reports and other forms of open assessment are typically issued towards the end of the teaching sessions of a module. Work for these assessments must be submitted by fixed deadlines normally well after the conclusion of the taught sessions.
The course is well-rounded and will allow you to gain an advanced knowledge of current Computer Science either across a wide range of topics or with a more specialist knowledge according to the specified themes. This will prepare you for either a career in research or more senior roles in industry.
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in Computer Science or a related discipline.|
|Other qualifications and experience||We are willing to consider your application if you do not fit this profile, but you must satisfy us that your knowledge in Computer Science is appropriate for advanced study.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, minimum 169 in each component|
|Duolingo||110, minimum 100 in all other components|
|PTE Academic||61, minimum 55 in each component|
|TOEFL||87, minimum 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all requirements|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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