A flexible programme of advanced study for students with a wide range of computing backgrounds.
The MSc in Computing is perfect for students looking to develop upon their previous computing-based qualifications from courses such as Computing, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering or related disciplines. This course provides the opportunity and guidance necessary for students to build upon their existing knowledge and gain the skills necessary to succeed in both commercial computing and research.
This degree programme aims to give students a Masters-level postgraduate education in the knowledge, skills and understanding of computing and software development to enable them to operate effectively in the application of computing in industry, commerce or research.
This course is highly flexible, adapting to your skill level to create a programme tailored to suit you. We encourage a professional, inter-disciplinary and user-centred approach to software design and production, and will enable you to develop the skills so that you can undertake a major software development project.
In keeping with our theme of flexibility, this course offers its students a wide choice of individual projects to choose from.
You will have 24-hour access to our award winning and purpose-built Queen Mother Building. It has an unusual mixture of lab space and breakout areas, with a range of conventional and special equipment for you to use. It's also easy to work on your own laptop as there is wireless access throughout the building. Our close ties to industry allows us access to facilities such as Windows Azure and Teradata, and university and industry standard software such as Tableau for you to evaluate and use.
The University maintains a friendly, intimate and supportive atmosphere, and we take pride in the fact that we know all of our students. We have a thriving postgraduate department with regular seminars and guest speakers.
Who should study this course?
This postgraduate degree is a flexible programme designed for graduates in computing subjects who wish to widen and/or deepen their knowledge of computing be they seasoned programmers or relative beginners.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
How you will be taught
We know how important it is to be at the leading edge of computing and so you will learn from research-active staff. Leading researchers teach you and small class sizes mean that they really get to know you, making for an informal and supportive community.
Industrial collaboration is part of our ethos too, so we regularly include guest experts from industry.
How you will be assessed
The taught modules are assessed by continuous assessment plus end of semester examinations in December and March/April. The project is assessed by dissertation.
Coursework is often very practical, e.g. writing computer programs, designing interfaces, writing reports, constructing web sites, testing software, implementing databases, analysing problems or presenting solutions to clients.
What you will study
You select six taught modules, three per semester, during the period September-April. You will make module selections with your advisor, and this will be partially dictated by your background and previous study.
Any module which has a significant overlap with your previous education will be disallowed, for students with a computing-related degree this will usually include most of the modules shown +.
Detailed module information is available online
The six taught modules will be chosen from topics such as the following:
- Software Development+
- Technology Innovation Management
- Computer Vision
- Computer Graphics
- Computing the User Experience
- Big Data Analysis
- Database Systems
- Secure Internet Programming
- Software Engineering+
- Agile Engineering
- Computing Research Frontiers
- Research Methods
- Human Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering
Subject to examination performance, you then progress to the MSc project which runs from May to September.
Some of the modules in the programme are shared with other masters programmes and some of the teaching and resources may be shared with our BSc programme. These joint classes offer a valuable opportunity to learn from, and discuss the material with, other groups of students with different backgrounds and perspectives.
Career opportunities in software development, website design, network support, database development and research, working as computer systems manager, data processing manager, software engineer, computer analyst & programmer, computer & IT consultant.
Our students are highly employable:
- They develop the expertise that employers want from computing graduates - our Industrial Advisory Board includes experts from a range of industries including Amazon, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, NCR, Chevron and Microsoft
- They are prepared for a wide range of good career prospects in computing - the UK faces a massive shortage of graduates qualified to fill the 120,000 new jobs in computing and IT every year
You should have, or expect to have, a degree in Computing, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering or related title, with a grade equivalent to at least a Class 2.2 Honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent qualifications.
English Language Requirement
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2017/18|
|Scottish and EU students||£7,450 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£7,450 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£17,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants
For the MSc Computing with Work Placement option, the responsibility for finding a placement lies with you but our Careers Service can support and guide you. You will only be considered for the work placement route if your academic progression is satisfactory, and this will be discussed with your Advisor of Studies. If you cannot, or decide not to go on a placement, you will complete the MSc Computing.
You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.
You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.
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Dr Keith Edwards
Science and Engineering
+44 (0)1382 384463