Computing students

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides intensive training in computer science, and is suitable for graduates of disciplines other than computing who are who are keen to acquire core computing skills or deepen their existing knowledge of computing.

About the course

Overview

This course provides a year of intensive training in computer science, and is suitable for graduates of disciplines other than computing who are preparing for a career in the computer industry.

Applicants who want to add computing qualifications or to retrain as computing or IT professionals are the natural target for this programme, and the course is also a suitable preparation for PhD studies.

This MSc provides opportunities for postgraduate students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and practical skills in basic and specialised topics in computing, as well as the qualities and skills needed for group co-operation and for literature search, technical presentation and report writing. You also have the chance to join in development of a large software project.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry. For more information on each module please see the Department of Computing's website.

Core modules

  • AI Programming Test
  • C++ Programming Test
  • Computer Architecture
  • Individual Project
  • Integrated Programming Laboratory
  • Introduction to C++ Programming
  • Logic and AI Programming
  • Object Oriented Design & Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Engineering Practice and Group Project

Optional modules

You choose 4 modules from below.

  • Algorithms
  • Computational Finance
  • Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
  • Concurrency: Models and Programming
  • Databases
  • Graphics
  • Intelligent Data and Probabilistic Inference
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Logic-Based Learning
  • Robotics

Extracurricular

Spring
  • Introduction to Java
  • Introduction to Matlab

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in any discipline.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:

£13,500

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£29,500

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should 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.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

Find out more about the MSc in Computing Science, including more detailed course content.