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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 6750 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
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International course fees
GBP 17935 per year

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About Computing Science at Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University

Profile

Our computer science conversion course is for those who have little or no experience in computing. You will study the principles and practice of computing. It will include the fundamentals of computing science, database design, network technologies and programming.

Computer Sciences and Informatics 9th in UK with 90% outstanding research impact.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

This course can also be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), for example by ICT teachers who are switching to the new Computer Science curriculum.

Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment (around 90%). Recent examples include:

  • Graduate Trainee, British Airways
  • Software Developer, IBM UK
  • Graduate Developer, Scott Logic
  • Software Engineer, BT

Our research expertise feeds into our teaching. This means that you learn at the cutting edge of the discipline. We incorporate new techniques and knowledge into your learning and have an active research community. We have several research groups and four three research centres. 

Student satisfaction

91% of our international students rate their experience as 'excellent' (International Student Barometer, 2013).

89% of our students surveyed in the PTES (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2013) say that their expectations have been met or exceeded.

Delivery

The course is delivered by the School of Computing Science. You can study over one year full time or two years' part time.

The first nine months of the full time course are devoted to taught modules (120 credits), which are examined by written papers. There will be about 20 contact hours per week. You will also undertake a substantial amount of supervised and unsupervised practical work.

The taught part of the course follows three main threads:

  • programming: introduces the Java programming language
  • computer architecture: covers the basic structure of computers and computer networks
  • software engineering: considers the problems of the design and implementation of large computing systems produced by a team of designers and programmers

The three summer months are devoted to a dissertation project (worth 60 credits).

You can find more information on the School website:

  • Degree Programme Handbook
  • Why do an MSc in Computer Science?

Feedback from a recent graduate

I developed my interest in computing during the six years I spent working as a secretary. I had lots of PC experience, but no programming experience. I found returning to full-time education a challenge. The pace and volume of material covered in the course made a very demanding, but also a very fulfilling year. The syllabus was comprehensive, relevant and surprisingly interesting. I now work as a programmer for British Airways, and feel that the MSc has not only equipped me with the skills to be a professional in my field, but also to continue learning about computing science. I would definitely choose the same course again.

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Software Engineer, IT Consultant, Bioinformatics Technician

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

European Space Agency, IBM UK, HTC Corporation

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Software Engineer, IT Consultant, Bioinformatics Technician

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

European Space Agency, IBM UK, HTC Corporation

Data based on responses from 125 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying Computer Science. See more about what our graduates do.

'Student profile

This course is perfectly suited to anyone with an interest in computing, human interaction with technology or who is looking for a greater variety of career prospects.

Rosanna's student profile

Accreditation

Accreditation

We seek British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all our degrees. This ensures that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry. A BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation. This is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.

The School of Computing Science at Newcastle University is an accredited and a recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

Facilities

Facilities

You will have dedicated computing facilities in the School of Computing Science. You will have access to the latest tools for system analysis and development, as well as an allocated PC and desk space in a project lab. For certain projects, special facilities for networking can be set up as required.

You will enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support your studies, including:

  • over 300 dedicated PCs running Linux and Windows
  • an immersive virtual reality suite
  • motion capture facilities
  • 3D printing facilities
  • Graphics Processing Unit
  • cloud scale virtualisation facilities
  • Linux based home pages and student hosting services
  • haptic and wearable computing hardware

Our new GBP50m Science Central building is currently under construction. We are due to move there in Autumn 2017. The move will further enhance the facilities available to our students and academic community.

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Fees & Funding

2017-2018 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

MSc

UK/EU

Full time: GBP 6,750
Part time: GBP 3,375

International

Full time: GBP 17,935

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