Our MSc Computer Science course is ideal if you want to develop advanced skills in distributed and mobile systems, web development, and software engineering as a way to enhance your career prospects.
Designed for graduates in computer science or related areas, this is an academically rigorous course that will enable you to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in a range of advanced topics in computer science.
You’ll generally need a minimum Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline but if you have the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course, we will consider your application without standard entry qualifications.
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 3pm and 8pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities. You can't book your place just yet, but register your interest and we'll send you an email when you can book.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.
You will normally be expected to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.
You will also be considered for entry if you do not have the standard entry qualifications, but can provide evidence of necessary knowledge and skills to successfully enter and complete the course.
|MSc||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£5,500|
|MSc||Sep 2016||PT||29 months||£2,750 per year|
|MSc||Jan 2017||FT||17 months||£5,500|
|MSc||Jan 2017||PT||29 months||£2,750 per year|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|MSc||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£12,000|
|MSc||Jan 2017||FT||17 months||£12,000|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?
Professional Skills and Research Methods
You’ll be introduced to research methods, academic writing and project management – all of which will help you to complete your Masters project. This module also covers professional skills, including consultancy.
Advanced Software Engineering
This module is practically focused and is delivered mainly through case studies. It examines the need for a clear process and strategy when developing industrial strength software systems.
This module will take you through networking concepts, using a top-down, theoretical and integrated approach to network applications, network protocols and future network technologies.
You’ll study areas such as web 2.0 and 3.0, social web, the semantic web, ontology, web governance and policy, and cyber-security.
What skills, knowledge and attributes do you need to become a successful entrepreneur in IT? This module looks at these questions in detail, and explores the issues involved in identifying e-business opportunities and realising them.
You’ll examine service architecture models and designs, protocols used in service architectures, and software frameworks for implementing service architectures.
Mobile Software Development
This module looks at the theoretical as well as the practical elements of mobile computing. This includes many forms of architecture, ranging from standard client/server to more innovative peer to peer configurations. Topics covered include the client technologies J2ME, Google Android, iPhone and Symbian.
Data Systems Integration
You’ll use SAS software and look at the tools and techniques for data mining and data warehousing that are used to create business intelligence.
The course is divided into taught modules of 15 and 30 credits and a Master’s project of 60 credits. You’ll complete 60 credits for the Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. Each credit represents 10 notional hours of student learning and assessment.
We think it’s important that you are assessed in a number of different ways during your course.
You’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations, presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online activities and project work. Emphasis is placed on the development of a broad range of relevant skills because this will enable us to appraise your all-round ability and it also gives you the best opportunity to excel.
The SAS Student Academy at Birmingham City University enables our students to acquire core skills in both SAS Base Programming and SAS Enterprise Guide, plus statistics and data mining using SAS tools.
Students who belong to our SAS Student Academy can take SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 exam. This is the ideal pathway for those relatively new to SAS programming or new to SAS certification. It is also the principle certification for other advanced certifications available from SAS.
Academy students take the exam through the Pearson Vue test centre.Academy students get 50% off the advertised price, although students will need to ask their academy for the discount code before booking. Use exam ID A00-211; required when registering with Pearson VUE.
To gain the SAS certificate students must achieve a score of 70% correct answers to pass.
We offer a range of research (PhD) postgraduate programmes that are suitable for Master’s graduates.
Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.
We continually organise student trips to various external events and organisations. We also frequently put students and the university in direct contact with employers through events such as careers fairs where you can meet big vendors such as SAS, Oracle and Microsoft.
Our course is designed to equip you with first-hand practical expertise and to provide you with the rigorous academic understanding you will need when you enter the workplace.
You’ll learn how to use industry equipment and software, such as Adobe Creative Suite and MILO motion capture technology, which is the same as that used by the award-winning Aardman Animations, makers of Wallace and Gromit.
By working on live briefs you’ll learn how to generate a range of potential ideas and visual developments and apply this to the production of creative work. Our students have previously created ‘Designer Doorsteps’ at BBC Gardeners World Live and showcased their work at the Canada Stop Motion Festival.
Our graduates are highly sought-after because the course also develops a wide spectrum of transferable skills to take into a general business career.
Successful graduates of our MSc Computer Science course have gone on to careers in consultancy and research.
You’ll be equipped for careers requiring high level skills in distributed and mobile systems, web development, software engineering and a range of associated areas in computer science. You may become a consultant, or a researcher in a university or commercial research laboratory. The course also develops a wide spectrum of transferable skills to take into a general business career.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Top Graduate roles include:
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.
As a student at the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.
Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.
The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.
There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.
Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.
Students on SAP-certified courses in Enterprise Systems will have access to the University’s unique SAP Lab, providing an inspirational research and development space for you to use for creative thinking and design.
Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.
Cain completed a Computer Science degree at the University of Bristol, focusing on client/server systems and internet technologies. He has lived and travelled widely in the Far East, teaching MIS, IT and computer science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He returned to the UK to read for a PhD at Birmingham University focusing on e-business and internet systems.
He has published in a number of journals, books, and conferences, and is a reviewer for a number of journals and conferences in computer science.