MSc Computer Science

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Are you looking for a route to break into the rapidly growing computing sector? This 100% online and part-time conversion degree takes you from computer science novice to capable programmer. Throughout the course, you will explore recent trends and key developments in computer science, as well as learning essential programming languages such as Python and SQL.
MSc Computer Science programme overview
Through this online MSc Computer Science, you will gain practical skills and technical knowledge across a range of essential computing topics and build key skills such as problem-solving, research and teamwork. When you complete this course, you will have a strong academic foundation to build your career in whichever area of computer science you want to work in.
MSc Computer Science teaching methods
We're a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live seminars.
For our MSc Computer Science, there's no need to download different software packages. All programming languages are included within the tuition fee, and all work is carried out in an online development environment.
MSc Computer Science assessment methods
All assessments are delivered through our virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres to sit exams; instead, you will submit assignments through the VLE, such as written reports, discussion forum participation or reflective journal entries.
We believe you get the most out of your time spent studying when you are kept informed of your performance, and we achieve this by:
assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year exams
showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Support team
We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.
MSc Computer Science programme structure
You can study the following modules on the MSc Computer Science:
Launching into Computer Science*
Object-oriented Information Systems
Secure Software Development (Computer Science)
Network and Information Security Management
Software Engineering Project Management
Research Methods and Professional Practice*
MSc Computing Project and Dissertation*
* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.
MSc Computer Science entry requirements
At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our MSc Computer Science, which considers academic or work-based experience. 
Academic entry route
You must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification
Work experience entry route
You must meet the following criteria:
at least three years' relevant work experience 
English language requirement
Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don't hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.
MSc Computer Science study duration
2 years – online and part-time
MSc Computer Science career prospects
There is a huge level of demand for computer science professionals and this course is designed to enable you to make a career change to this technical field. After completing your studies, you will be prepared to succeed in roles such as Software Developer, Software Engineer, Web Developer, Requirements Analyst, Network Analyst, Information System Administrator and Project Manager. 
MSc Computer Science fees and funding
Full tuition fees – £11,222 (2020-21) * 
Our MSc Computer Science tuition fee includes all teaching materials and required reading, and there aren't any hidden charges for assessments or resits.  
Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
Monthly payment plan available for those who are self-funding.
Full payment discount if you pay the full course fee upfront.
A range of scholarships are available subject to applicants meeting certain criteria.**
Please note that you can only apply for a maximum of two discounts or scholarships.
* This tuition fee is 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 during the payment process.
** To find out whether you're eligible for our scholarships contact University of Essex Online's Admissions team.


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