This degree is designed to meet the needs of students who want to develop core computing skills, or who are working IT professionals and want to strengthen their computing foundations with a view towards new and emerging technologies.
The MSc in Computing Science is a taught postgraduate course aimed at excellent students who may not have studied computing so far but who are keen to acquire core computing skills or deepen their existing knowledge of computing.
Applicants who want to add computing qualifications or who want to retrain as computing or IT professionals are the natural target for this course. The expectation of graduates is that this course enables them to take on employment that requires computing skills as part of their job description.
The programme provides opportunities for postgraduate students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and practical skills in basic and specialised topics in computing, to develop and demonstrate the qualities and skills needed for group co-operation as well as for literature search, technical presentation and report writing, and to join in development of a large software project.
We normally expect applicants for this course to possess the equivalent of a good upper second-class UK degree.
The programme aims/objectives are to:
Give graduates of disciplines other than computing preparation for a career in the computer
Extend students' previous experience of programming and update it to include the major
programming paradigms including object-oriented programming methods and design.
Give students access to, and experience of, the current ideas and trends in the basics of
Object Oriented Program Design, Computer Architecture, Operating Systems and Logic.
Give students access to specialized subjects and trends in Computer Science, such as
Software Engineering, Communications, Distributed Computing, Artificial Intelligence and
Enable students to experience large software project development.
Give students an opportunity
to link their subject interest and expertise with newly acquired expertise in computing.
Attract highly motivated students.
Give students opportunity to prepare for PhD studies.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
The minimum qualification for admission is normally at least an Upper Second Class Honors
degree from a UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification, together with
some computing experience. Where an applicant has a lesser degree qualification but has
several years of relevant experience, the MSc Admissions Tutor may submit a special case for
admission to the College.
All UK applicants, where it is considered possible to make them an offer, are invited for interview with
the MSc Admissions Tutor. Other applicants may be contacted by telephone or email.
Entry requirements http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/requirements/