Computer Science MSc – Online Course

Programme duration: approximately30 months(part-timeand online)
Upcoming starts: 11 Jan 2022 and 15 Mar 2022
Other awards: PGDip/PGCert

Gain the technical skills needed to break into the high demand industry of computer science with this conversion degree. 

What is computer science?

Computer science is the study of computers and technology, as well as their applications in our day-to-day lives. Any piece of technology you use in your daily life is the result of the work of dedicated computer scientists who research, develop and improve ICT equipment for use in all kinds of sectors across the world.

From engineers working on algorithmic processes, technicians working with computational machines, and software developers coding digital experiences, there are all kinds of computer science jobs. A computer science degree can fast-track you onto your chosen career path, giving you skills that can last you across a lifetime of computer science.

About the programme

Designed for students from a non-computing background, this programme explores the fundamentals of computer science and software development. You will build your knowledge of key trends and themes within the field, while expanding your horizons with specialist modules in artificial intelligence. 

Computer science at the University of Liverpool is research-driven and internationally renowned for its cutting-edge work. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 97% of our research as being world-leading or internationally excellent – the highest proportion for any computer science department in the UK. We are especially well-regarded for our expertise in artificial intelligence, and our Digital Innovation Facility, opening in 2021, will provide a further hub for our collaborative research in emerging technologies. 

You will have access to an online development environment to practice and refine your new technical skills, which also contains all of the technologies and software you will need for the course – inclusive within your tuition fee. 

Download a prospectus for more details on this programme. 

Structure and entry awards

This programme consists of the following modules. You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Science (MSc), 120 credits to achieve the postgraduate diploma (PGDip), and 60 credits to achieve the postgraduate certificate (PGCert). 

  • Global Trends in Computer Science (15 credits)
  • Software Development in Practice (15 credits)
  • Databases and Information Systems (15 credits)
  • Networks and Web Technology (15 credits)
  • Reasoning and Intelligent Systems (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning in Practice (15 credits)
  • Multi-Agent Systems (15 credits)
  • Research Methods in Computer Science (15 credits)
  • Computer Science Capstone Project (60 credits)

For more information on the modules, including syllabus and learning outcomes, please download our programme booklet

Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to discuss your previous qualifications and experience before applying, please contact us now via LiveChat.

Applicants should possess either: 

  • A minimum of a 2:2 class degree in a suitable technical subject other than Computer Science or IT, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years’ experience in employment; or 
  • Professional work experience and/or other prior qualifications, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5.

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Fees and funding

MSc: £15,300
PGDip: £10,200
PGCert: £5,100

These fees* are fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.   

Scholarships and discounts

You may be able to benefit from the following scholarships and discounts:

  • Regional Scholarships of up to 15%. To find out the scholarship offered in your region, please make an enquiry now
  • 10% discount for University of Liverpool alumni
  • 5% discount for up-front full tuition fee payment 

Further support

We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to cover the costs of your studies. You could benefit from:

  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over the duration of study 
  • Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the programme cost. 

Please speak to our admissions team for more details of fees, scholarships, discounts and support.

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed.

Applying

Apply for this course by completing a simple online form

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation: 

  • School or college transcripts/certificates 
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable 
  • Degree certificates 
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applicants only) 
  • Personal statement 
  • One reference (on letter headed paper, signed and dated) 
  • An up-to-date CV. 

Acknowledgement of your application 

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration. 

Students with disabilities 

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support. 

Deadlines 

We have regular start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they have special requirements that will need to be taken into consideration. 

Career prospects

As technology increasingly impacts all areas of modern life, the demand for qualified computing professionals grows. Upon completion of your programme, you will be prepared to take on roles such as software engineer, machine learning practitioner, big data analyst, network administrator, database manager, IT consultant, AI developer, research scientist and information strategy manager. 

Alongside the subject-specific knowledge you will gain during the programme, you will also develop professional skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking and research. These will enhance your CV, allowing you to improve your career prospects and access more senior roles. 

Virtual Open Week video

We recently recorded a short video for our Virtual Open Week in which Frans Coenen, Professor of Computer Science, discusses the online postgraduate programmes the Department of Computer Science offers, including who the programmes are for and what you will learn as a student.