University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Computer Science

The aim of this programme is to provide students coming from any discipline (other than computer science) with a wide understanding of computer science. This programme is a conversion programme meant for people with little or no previous academic computing experience and is designed for students coming from a wide range of academic backgrounds. The aims of this programme are to build: an understanding of the theoretical basis of computer science, and its importance in software development; an understanding of the underlying principles of computer systems and the applications; a foundation in professional standards of analysis, design, implementation, testing and documentation in software development; an appreciation of the current state and future directions of technological advances in computer science. At the end of the 1st part of the course, you will be able to approach large-scale software engineering design in a professional manner. Emphasis is placed on design and management. The main thread is the design of large software systems, starting from the initial problem and proceeding through specification to a finished product. The main programming language used in the course is C. In the 2nd part of the course, you study, in depth, a selection of key topics in computer science. Having studied these topics, you will have the necessary background to begin work on your final projects. Applicants complete a project that involves researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) in any subject other than computer science. Competence in mathematics must be demonstrated, with at least a good grade in GCSE mathematics or preferably with A-level mathematics or equivalent university-level experience.

Course modules

Core modules: databases; object-oriented programming with Java; overview of computer architecture; programming in C; research skills; software engineering and group project; web technologies; project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,850 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone number: 
0117 954 5130