Computer Science Masters Degree PgCert/PgDip/MSc

MSc Computer Science

1. Overview

This course offers advanced topics in Computer Science to existing graduates in Computing or a strongly-related discipline. It allows you to gain expertise in the design and implementation of sophisticated information systems that respond to the challenges faced by organisations in areas such as security, big data and cloud computing.

This course will produce computing specialists who:

  • Have a good understanding of current computing trends
  • Are proficient in the use of modern applications and environments
  • Are able to match tools and technologies to the needs of commerce and industry
  • Are able to integrate these technologies to develop high-quality information systems

The course is offered full-time and part-time. The part time mode is ideal if you would like to further your career but are unable to commit to full time study.

Download a PDF of this course

MSc Computer Science Leaflet (PDF 172KB)

2. What you will study

  • Big Data Analytics and Visualisation
  • Cloud Computing
  • Information Retrieval
  • Data Mining
  • Enterprise Web Systems
  • Systems Administration and Security
  • Database and Web Security
  • Professional Development & Research Skills
  • MSc Project

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials.

The individual project provides an opportunity for applying specialist knowledge together with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills to a particular area of interest within Computer Science. Working with the full support and guidance of an allocated project supervisor, you will be given the opportunity to propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial project.

4. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in relevant subject area, or with Computing content.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

6. Student Funding

Scholarships
Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information can be found on the Computing Scholarships pages.

Students who optionally go on placement also need to pay a £1000 fee.

 

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

  • £1,000 for optional long placement
  • £320 for optional short placement

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,500 .

Part-time

  • £2,750 for year 1
  • £2,750 for year 2
  • No fee for year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 .

Part-time

  • £2,750 for year 1
  • £2,750 for year 2
  • £1,250 for year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,200 .

Part-time

  • £4,950 for year 1
  • £4,950 for year 2
  • £3,300 for year 3

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 .

Part-time

  • £1,700 for year 1
  • £1,700 for year 2
  • No fee for year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 .

Part-time

  • £2,530 for year 1
  • £2,530 for year 2
  • £1,690 for year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,820 .

Part-time

  • £4,809 for year 1
  • £4,809 for year 2
  • £3,200 for year 3

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £1,700 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £7,480 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £3,375 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,700 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £5,150 for Stage 1
  • £5,150 for Stage 2
  • £3,400 for Stage 3

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

Full-time

  • £320 for a short placement
  • £1,000 for a long placement

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office:
Email pgoffice@rgu.ac.uk

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:
Complete our International Enquiries form

Call 0044 1224 262726 or Email international@rgu.ac.uk

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

Opportunities exist in the analysis, design, implementation and management of software projects; the development of web applications and services; consultancy work in software architecture, Big Data Analysis and Cloud Computing. Previous graduates have gone on to work as IT consultants, software engineers, network managers/ administrators, database developers/ administrators, and web services developers.

Graduates have also gone on to pursue careers in research and academia.

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PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Start Date

September

Course Length

Full-time September start 12 months, Part-time 24-36 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-time/Part-time on campus

Academic School
School of Computing Science and Digital Media

ICRGU - Postgraduate Computing

ICRGU - Postgraduate Computing

The International College at Robert Gordon University offers a 10-week pre-masters leading to computing MSc courses at Robert Gordon University for International Students.