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The MSc in Advanced Computer Science is intended for graduates who already have a first degree in Computer Science or a closely related subject, and who wish to extend the knowledge gained in their undergraduate study with more advanced specialised material reflecting current research at the “cutting-edge” of the discipline.
The programme comprises a sequence of modules focussing on the research strengths of the department. The programme is directed at careers in the IT industry that require a degree of research and development.
Accredited by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
This programme is also available as Advanced Computer Science with a Year in Industry MSc.
The programme is organised as two taught semesters followed by an individual project undertaken over the summer. During each semester MSc students study a number of modules adding up to 60 credits per semester (120 in total). This will be followed by a dissertation, also 60 credits, making an overall total of 180 credits.
Case study: Matthew Stock
"All of our tutors are friendly and approachable, so you will never be short of help if you ask for it. Our tutors also make available lectures and tutorials on the dedicated Computer Science Intranet, so if you miss a lecture, you can always play it back at your leisure."
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Why Computer Science?
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The Department is a Centre of Excellence with respect to teaching and research. The latest Research Excellence Framework rated 97% of our research outputs as being world-leading or internationally excellent, the highest proportion of any Computer Science department in the UK. With our close industry partners, and our Russell Group status, we enjoy strong funding from a mixture of European, national and industrial sponsors, providing a balanced portfolio of activity that feeds back into teaching.
Benefit from studying in a well-established department
Computer Science at the University of Liverpool has a history going back to the 1960s. As the subject grew in importance, the Department of Computer Science was established in 1983 to provide learning and research support in this new and exciting field that spans and interplays with more traditional subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Life Sciences and Engineering. After five decades, the Department is still rapidly growing and evolving and remains at the forefront of Computer Science globally. The Department was one of the first in the University to be involved in the establishment of Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University, and has forged a strong international partnership for teaching and research between the two institutes.
Access state of the art facilities
The department is based on the main University of Liverpool campus, close to the city centre, in the grade II listed Ashton and Holt building (see Campus Map). It offers a comfortable working environment with excellent research, study and computing facilities. It is placed directly opposite the Harold Cohen Library with its vast collection of textbooks and research literature. The Library also provides plenty of additional study places. You’ll enjoy the full support of our friendly tutors and technical teams so that you can get the best from your time here.