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Computer Science MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

ECT089

Study options:

MSc 1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018
January 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

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+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

In a technology-driven world, computers are everywhere – helping us transfer information across the globe in milliseconds, shop online, do homework, play games, navigate new locations or regulate intravenous medicine. Computers are getting smaller and more powerful every day; the science behind them gaining in complexity and sophistication.

Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), this Master’s degree is ideal if you hold a first degree in computer science and now wish to expand your capability and expertise. The course focuses on practical applications, developing knowledge and skills in areas, such as hardware and software systems, which are current and relevant to employers.

Our Computer Science MSc course is aimed at enabling you to take part in industrial driven projects, gaining the real-life experience that should enhance your career prospects.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP)


British Computer Society (BCS)

Course information

This professionally accredited degree combines theories and practices in programming, computer architecture and networking, design and development of computer systems, with neural networks, machine learning, cloud computing and intelligent information retrieval.

In the second semester, we will explore some of the emerging technologies, such as emergent Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, machine vision and image processing. For example, when learning about steganography – the practice of concealing a file, message, image or video within another file, message, image or video – we will experiment with tools to analyse stego images to uncover hidden information.

We will look at emerging theories, practices, approaches and management of distributed and intelligent computing systems, examining a wide range of case studies to see how applications have been developed and for what purposes, such as steganography detection system for colour stego images.

In your final semester, you will be expected to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have learned by undertaking an in-depth individual project. Guided by an expert tutor, this project helps to develop your research skills and gain an experience matching that of a computer science professional. Past students have, for example, worked on internet design for companies in their home countries, while others have undertaken projects on dynamic web design for small business firms.

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Advanced Software Design and Development;
    • Computer Architectures and Principles;
  • Semester 2

    • Internet Systems Development 
    • Advanced Computing Technologies 
    • Research Methods in Computing
  • Semester 3

    • Individual Project

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to use and undertake software training through the Microsoft Academy.
  • Option to join the CISCO Academy Programme leading to an industry-recognised CISCO Certified Networked Associate (CCNA) qualification.
  • Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), fully meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and provides partial fulfilment for Chartered Scientist and Chartered Engineer.
  • £50m Engineering and Computing building features a large range of specialised computing laboratories in computer security, communications and signal processing, electrical, electronics and microprocessors, ethical hacking and forensic computing, together with a games and multimedia studio and open access computer facilities.
90%

overall student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.

Your main study themes are:

  • Advanced software design development: We will cover the study of programming concepts such as data abstraction, inheritance, type hierarchies, interfaces and data aggregation and composition, which will be used to exemplify core General Responsibility Assignment Software Patterns (GRASP) design principles.
  • Computer architectures and principles: We will consider the structure, organisation and operation of computer systems in a wide context, underpinned by knowledge of the technology and of basic computing principles. We will investigate the demands of modern computing environments, incorporating an awareness of the communications infrastructure, system robustness and deployment and support considerations. We examine more advanced uniprocessor architectures and the systems software and applications tools they support, as well as parallel and distributed architectures.
  • Advanced Computing Technologies: We’ll introduce you to key concepts, technologies and issues of several advanced areas in computing technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Cloud computing, Machine Vision and Image Processing. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of various information processing techniques through a study of some applications and how to implement them.
  • Internet Systems Development: Aims to provide the theoretical knowledge and significant practical experience of modern component-based application development. We cover the entire process of building and deploying such applications, including development for smart devices, components security, delivering functionality through rich Internet clients and XML Web Services. We focus on the Microsoft .NET framework and VS.NET development environment.

The programme allows you to study full-time over one year or part-time over two years. You can start in September or January.

Theory and lab-based classes aim to develop your knowledge of a wide range of computer science theory and practice, and how this can be used in creating software for use in the real world. Learning and teaching incorporates lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, group projects, workshops and practical laboratory sessions, supported by an extensive suite of labs staffed by experienced staff. The course adopts an engaging approach to teaching making use of videos, quizzes, real-world examples and interactive teaching. 

Throughout the course, great emphasis is placed on the practical development of work, with a significant portion of your time being spent on assisted lab tasks. For example, this might involve parallel computing design for medical applications, seminars discussing topics like cloud computing or project-based classes.

Regular external talks, by our academic and research staff, as well as visiting lecturers, bring you the latest issues on a wide range of topics, which have recently covered steganography and big data.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. The assessment will be marked on how well you achieve these learning outcomes with feedback that will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. Students are required to achieve above 40% to pass; anything above 70% is classified as ‘outstanding’.

The assessment for the modules vary and include a diverse set of approaches, such as portfolios, essays, papers, phase-tests, posters, presentations and formal exams.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, essays, project and group work: 50%
  • Formal examinations: 50%

Formal examinations

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: The theoretical and technological foundations of computer science and the practical implications of these; approaches used in the development and management of distributed, internet-based computing systems; the architecture of a range of complex computer-based systems; current and emerging practices for a range of state of the art technologies used in computing in a variety of application areas; the technologies and issues of advanced areas in computing technologies, including research, including: risk management; social; legal; ethical and professional issues.
  • Understand and conceptualise a given complex problem relating to computer science and produce an appropriate model at a higher level of abstraction.
  • Critically evaluate a range of possible options or solutions to address a sizeable practical problem computer science and present a soundly reasoned justification for the final recommendation. 
  • Make a substantial contribution to implementation decisions for design and development of complex computer-based systems.
  • Apply appropriate principles and techniques in the analysis and design of complex computer systems.
  • Critically compare and effectively apply the fundamental concepts of developing efficient, scalable and robust real-world distributed applications across heterogenous infrastructure.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials and, later, individual project supervision, each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical laboratory classes each week

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week eg. working on course assignments and taking part in the flipped classroom activities.

This content of this course acknowledges the borderless nature of computer science and the common practices and technologies used throughout the globe. If you have a desire to travel it is possible to spend a period abroad for part of your studies. We offer you the chance to participate in field trips to a number of different overseas locations, which have previously included China, Poland, Spain and Finland (subject to additional costs and availability). 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a computing discipline, or an unclassified degree in computing plus professional experience within the field of computing.

Honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a computing discipline, or an unclassified degree in computing plus professional experience within the field of computing.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Honours degree or an equivalent qualification in a computing discipline, or an unclassified degree in computing plus professional experience within the field of computing.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£15,050 (per year)


January 2019

£15,050 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

The practical nature of our course places an emphasis on your future employability, developing a wide range of technical, analytical, design and professional skills, many of which are gained from placement experiences. The technical content is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect what is currently important and in demand in industry.

Our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will help you in finding work experience while you study and employment on graduation.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Career opportunities for computer scientists are many and varied, including a software architect, software consultant, software designer or systems analyst. You could find yourself working in the private and public sector in areas such as software engineering, health, communications, education, life sciences, physical sciences, finance and manufacturing.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.