Computer Science MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT043

Study options:

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

EECT043

Study options:

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

EECT043

Study options:

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Overview

This Master’s degree aims to expand your capability and expertise in computing or IT related fields. The course focuses on the underlying theories of computer science and their practical applications in the latest technological developments.

The course is designed and delivered with input from our industry contacts. Upon completion of the course we aim for you to acquire advanced skills and knowledge which could lead to careers such as computer system designer, programmer, consultant or researcher.

You will study in our modern Engineering and Computing Building with well-equipped laboratories and industry standard software.

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement', which if secured, is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000.

Find out more about the work placement gateway.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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

Course information

The curriculum has been designed with the aim of enabling you to pursue employment or further research opportunities in computing or IT related fields.

The degree emphasises both the underlying theories of computer science and their practical application, so as to provide solutions to real-world problems. The course covers a wide range of key topics to reflect the latest technologies and employment trends, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, cloud systems, security of computerised systems, web-based and mobile applications, as well as agile concepts for computing projects.

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Overview

In this programme, you will focus on the core technical knowledge and skills used in building computer systems with emerging platforms, protocols, industry recognised best practices and standards. The programme will cover key technological advancements, particularly in artificial intelligence, machine learning and their application in big data and web-based applications.

Furthermore, this programme should enable you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have learned by undertaking a group-based software development project and an in-depth individual project. Guided by an experienced tutor, the projects will help develop your research skills and experience the work of IT professionals.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Computer Architecture and System Programming
    • Artificial Neural Networks
    • Web Applications and AI
    • Machine Learning and Big Data

  • Semester 2

    • Security of Emerging Connected Systems
    • Mobile Platforms and Application Development
    • Software Development Project

  • Semester 3

    • Computing Individual Research Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Research expertise developing software in several areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analysis, cloud systems, internet security, web-based applications and mobile computing.
  • Access to our modern Engineering and Computing building which features a large range of specialised computing laboratories in computer security, networks, ethical hacking and forensic computing, together with a games and multimedia studio and open access computer facilities.

Your main study themes are:

  • Artificial neural networks:This covers neural networks concepts and their application to solving real-world problems, including different neural network architectures, learning approaches and data collection.
  • Machine learning and big data analysis:This emphasises the concepts of big data and machine learning as well as the application of different machine learning techniques from big data to aid in decision making processes.
  • Computer architectures:: This focuses on advanced computer architectures, including parallel and distributed with supporting systems software and application tools
  • Computer system security:This covers the application of information security concepts to Internet of Things (IoT), including security policies and various security technologies.
  • Web and mobile application development:This provides the theoretical knowledge and significant practical experience of building modern web-based and mobile applications. It covers the process of building and deploying such applications, including Microsoft .NET framework for Web Services and mobile app platforms.
  • Agile software development:This covers agile concepts and methods for software projects.

The programme allows you to study full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Theory and lab-based classes aim to develop your knowledge of a wide range of theory and practice, and how this can be used in creating computer systems for use in the real world. Current learning and teaching incorporates lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, group projects, workshops and practical laboratory sessions, supported by an extensive suite of laboratories 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 laboratory tasks, which might involve project-based classes. External talks, by our academic and research staff, as well as visiting alumni, bring you the latest issues on a wide range of topics.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which may vary depending upon the modules. Currently, assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate computation complexity associated with programming algorithms to deliver effective solutions to real-world problems.
  • Critically evaluate computer architecture and networked system solutions along with their related security issues and threats.
  • Develop relevant technical skills in emerging technologies to adapt to the challenges in the computing related field in a global context.
  • Develop a wide range of postgraduate level professional and transferable skills in building computer-based systems in a team work environment.
  • Develop the awareness of professional, social, ethical, and legal issues along with commercial risk and management for computer-based systems.
  • Develop research skills required for advanced computer science topics selected according to the interests of individual students, and
  • Critically evaluate and develop solutions to complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that can be found in a variety of organisations and professional contexts.

Taught modules on the MSc Computer Science course will be delivered in a block teaching style (meaning that all teaching for the module will be consolidated into a condensed number of weeks).

A 15-credit module will typically have about 30 hours of contact time associated with it, whilst the group project module will have approximately 45 hours of contact time. This will include a combination of, but may not be limited to, lectures, small-group sessions, laboratory sessions and support sessions. In addition, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week depending on the demands of individual modules.

The content of this course acknowledges the borderless nature of computer science alongside the common practices and technologies used throughout the globe. Our course will offer you the opportunity to acquire relevant skills and experience with the use of emerging technologies and tools in a global context.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


Entry Requirements

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree in a computing related subject. Applications from graduates in other disciplines (such as mathematics, physics or engineering) with experience in programming would also be considered on individual merits. For further information on the type of subjects that would qualify, please fill in our request information form.
  • An unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience in computing related subjects.

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree in a computing related subject. Applications from graduates in other disciplines (such as mathematics, physics or engineering) with experience in programming would also be considered on individual merits. For further information on the type of subjects that would qualify, please fill in our request information form.
  • An unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience in computing related subjects.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree in a computing related subject. Applications from graduates in other disciplines (such as mathematics, physics or engineering) with experience in programming would also be considered on individual merits. For further information on the type of subjects that would qualify, please fill in our request information form.
  • An unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience in computing related subjects.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 2020

£9,200 (per year)


January 2021

£9,200 (per year)


May 2021

£9,200 (per year)


UK 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 2020

£9,200 (per year)


January 2021

£9,200 (per year)


May 2021

£9,200 (per year)


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£16,600 (per year)


January 2021

£16,600 (per year)


May 2021

£16,600 (per year)


Scholarships

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

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The practical nature of our course means that upon successful graduation, you should have developed a wide range of technical, analytical, design and professional skills, which will support a move into a range of IT and computing related areas. The course content is annually reviewed within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (CEM) in consultation with industry experts to ensure its currency and validity.

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

Where our graduates work

Career opportunities in the areas of IT and computing are many and varied, including IT consultants, system designers and programmers.

You may find yourself working in the private and public sector in computing or IT related areas, in sectors such as business, health, education, 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. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.