University of St Andrews
Advanced Computer Science
A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in Computer Science, or strongly related discipline is required.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details about each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue, which is for the 2016-2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.
Compulsory modules: Masters Core Skills: equips students with essential skills in a range of topics including technical writing for computer science and information technology, presentation skills, research skills and project planning, all reinforced by practical assignments.
Object-Oriented Modelling, Design and Programming: introduces and reinforces object-oriented modelling, design and implementation to provide a common basis of skills, allowing students to complete programming assignments within other MSc modules.
Optional modules: Optional modules are subject to change each year, and attendance may be limited (see the University's position on curriculum development). Some modules may be compulsory for particular courses, with limited access for students enrolled on other programmes.
Students choose six of the following optional modules (up to two of these may be from the second list). See the module catalogue for further descriptions.
Masters Programming Projects,
Artificial Intelligence Principles,
Artificial Intelligence Practice,
Language and Computation,
Mobile and Wireless Networks,
Software Engineering Principles,
Software Engineering Practice,
Critical Systems Engineering,
Human Computer Interaction Principles and Methods,
Interactive Software and Hardware,
User-Centred Interaction Design,
Information Visualisation and Visual Analytics,
Database Management Systems,
Information Security Management,
Network Systems Management,
Green Information Technology,
Information Technology Projects,
Knowledge Discovery and Datamining.
Additional optional modules:
Programming Language Design and Implementation,
Concurrency and Multi-Core Architectures,
Dissertation: During the second semester, students work with staff to define and agree upon a topic for the extended project, which they will work on during the final three months of the course, and which culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation. Dissertation projects may be group-based or completed individually (students are assessed individually in either case).
The dissertation typically comprises: a review of related work; the extension of existing or the development of new ideas; software implementation and testing; analysis and evaluation. Students are required to give a presentation of their work in addition to the written dissertation.
Each project is supervised by one or two members of staff, typically through regular meetings and reviews of software and dissertation drafts.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma instead, finishing the course at the end of the second semester of study.
All students complete coursework related to their chosen modules and then undertake a supervised project/dissertation of 15,000 words.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|MSc||Full-time||September 2016||GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (England)||12 months|
|MSc||Full-time||September 2016||GBP 19,400 per Year 1 (International)||12 months|
|MSc||Full-time||September 2016||GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland)||12 months|
|MSc||Full-time||September 2016||GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Scotland)||12 months|
|MSc||Full-time||September 2016||GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Wales)||12 months|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|University of St Andrews||St Andrews||KY16 9AX||Scotland|
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