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Computer Science (MSc)



What will I learn?

About this course

Enhance your understanding of computers with a master's in computer science at the University of Southampton.

This flexible programme allows you to choose modules from our master’s degrees in:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Science and Technology

    By the end of your studies, you will have developed a set of specialised skills in several computer science disciplines. Many of our graduates become software developers, but you could also apply your talents as a consultant, project manager or technical specialist.

    Computer science involves the study of computers and the design of software systems. It also informs the fundamental technologies and computing equipment of today’s connected world. At the University of Southampton, we’ve pioneered many of the most important advances in this area over the last 10 years.

    We’re partnered with the

  • Alan Turing Institute
  • , recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security by the UK government, and our researchers helped to establish the
  • European Data Science Academy
  • .

    Our researchers create modules based on their own research, which means you’ll get the latest insights and information from the field. We’ll give you access to specialist project labs, computer workstations and online tools to support your learning in an ideal environment.


    The way we’ll teach you will depend on the modules you choose. Most modules involve a mixture of lectures, seminars and computer-based practical work.

    You will enhance your knowledge and understanding of:

    key concepts in computer science

    specialist fields such as artificial intelligence, cyber security and software engineering

    the latest tools and techniques used in these specialist fields

    the most effective methods of research and enquiry in computer science


    Our graduates go on to earn a competitive salary working as:

    software developers


    project managers

    testing, support or technical specialists

    Which department am I in?

    University of Southampton

    Study options

    Full Time (1 year)

    Tuition fees
    £29,512.00 (US$ 35,984) per year
    This is a fixed fee

    *Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

    Start date

    2 October 2023


    Highfield Campus



    SO17 1BJ, England

    Entry requirements

    For students from United States

    Students need to have a Good grades in bachelors and masters degrees awarded by a recognised university, and a strong research proposal. IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking.

    For international students

    You’ll need a First class degree in either computer science or software engineering, or a closely related subject. You must also have an upper 2:1 score in the following modules: 2 modern object-oriented or functional programming language modules (e.g. Java, C++, C#, Visual Basic); maths module; 2 computing modules (e.g. cryptography, software, data structures, databases, artificial intelligence, machine learning, web, networks, operating systems. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum: IELTS overall score: 6.5; reading: 6.0; writing: 6.0; speaking: 6.0; listening: 6.0. TOEFL: 92.

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


    About University of Southampton

    Ranked in the global top 100 and UK top 15, the University of Southampton is a leading institution with an excellent reputation.

    • Global Top 100 university
    • Large and diverse international student population
    • Multiple award-winning careers service
    • Global No.1 business incubator (UBI Global)

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