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What will I learn?

The MSc Advanced Computer Science with a Professional Placement Year will offer you exposure to key topics that are driving emerging technological developments and trends.

Computer Science is one of the fastest moving academic disciplines and the outcomes of research and innovation in this field are likely to have a significant social impact.

The subject spans all aspects of modern life, and this programme offers you the opportunity to apply new skills and advanced techniques to the area of your choice, whilst allowing you to demonstrate that you are at the forefront of your discipline.

Core to this programme is the opportunity to further develop the scope of your problem solving skills by studying advanced programming languages and programming paradigms, and to gain knowledge and skills across a breadth of topics in Computer Science.

You will choose to study optional, research-led modules that allow the freedom to build a distinctive personal portfolio of skills and knowledge.

This is a specialist Masters degree programme which will require strong technical, mathematical and programming skills from day one of the course.

You will apply for a paid 7-12 month professional work placement to be undertaken on completion of the taught phase of the program. This provides valuable work experience to develop your IT Professional skills.

Distinctive features:

  • A degree designed for computing graduates who wish to differentiate themselves further through an advanced mastery of the discipline.
  • In addition to coverage of core advanced computer science topics, you may select from a range of research topics in which to specialise (
  • The opportunity to undertake a paid professional work placement to further develop your IT skills
  • You will undertake an individual research project and complete a dissertation under the supervision of a member of academic research staff. The topic for this will be driven by your own interests.
  • You will be provided with a laptop during induction week that will remain with you throughout the duration of the course.

Which department am I in?

School of Computer Science and Informatics

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
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Start date

27 September 2021

Venue

Cardiff University

PO Box 921,

Cardiff,

CF10 3XQ, Wales

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You will be required to have a bachelor's degree with good grades from recognised universities and colleges in the United States to be considered. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is usually required and admissions tutors will pay special attention to key subject classes. IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

For international students

Please refer the University website for Specific Entry Requirements.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

Cardiff University is recognised by international employers from the globe-over, making its graduates highly sought after.

  • Ranked in the world’s top 100
  • Based in one of the safest capital cities in Europe
  • High quality teaching with highly qualified teaching staff
  • Recently invested GBP 600m in its facilities