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MSc Advanced Computer Science University of Manchester




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Course description

With our Advanced Computer Science MSc you will have the flexibility to tailor your learning and pursue the topics that interest you most. You have the opportunity to choose three from around nine themes, each of which combines around two related course units that build on top of each other.

Certain combinations are integrated into specialised pathways , including advanced web technologies, artificial intelligence, computer security, data and knowledge management, digital biology, and software engineering.

Computational thinking is becoming increasingly pervasive and is informing our understanding of phenomena across a range of areas; from engineering and physical sciences, to business and society. With the Advanced Computer Science MSc you will learn from world-leading academic staff to amplify your skills ahead of a successful career in either industry or academia.


You will progress down your own chosen pathway, taking advantage of the flexibility of units on offer.

You will boost your employability across nearly all areas of business and society, with the technical skills you acquire being in great demand.

Teaching and learning

You can choose from a broad range of units, including core computer science topics and Digital Biology and Health Informatics.

Coursework and assessment

You will learn through a mix of lectures and seminars, and supported by practical exercises. These skills are augmented through an MSc project, enabling you to put into practice the techniques you have been taught throughout the course.

Career opportunities

You will join the many Advanced Computer Science MSc graduates who have gone on to secure promising employment opportunities across nearly all areas of business and society. Whether in finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, public services and more, you will find your MSc award opens doors.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MSc Advanced Computer Science.

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees

£26,500.00 (27,32,661) per year

The fees quoted will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.




The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,



M13 9PL, England

Entry requirement for international students

We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science or in a joint degree with at least 50% Computer Science content. Applicants with extensive Computer Science industrial experience and a good honours degree in Computer Science, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission. We also require that all applicants have a strong background in Computer Science reflected, for example, in solid programming and software development skills. In order to be accepted onto an MSc programme in the School of Computer Science, applicants need to provide evidence of having achieved the required level in a recognised English language qualification. IELTS: overall score of 7.0 with no sub-test below 6.0. TOEFL 100 overall with a minimum score of 22 in other elements.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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