Manchester is renowned for its innovative approach to postgraduate teaching. Our size and research strength enable us to offer a combination of breadth, depth, and flexibility that is difficult to find elsewhere. For those whose first degree has a lot of computer science content, we offer two MSc courses (in Advanced Computer Science, and in Advanced Computer Science and IT Management) and an MRes course in Advanced Computer Science. Roughly speaking, the MSc courses are taught 50:50 via course units and a project, whereas this ratio is 33:67 for the MRes course.
Regardless of your course choice, you will be able to shape your own courses by choosing from a wide spectrum of computer science and interdisciplinary topics. If you choose the Advanced Computer Science course you can either opt to follow the standard course or to flavour your MSc by choosing a particular pathway. Pathways will enable you to graduate from the long established and highly respected ACS course together with recognition of your specialisation in your degree title.
To help you with your choice of course units, we have grouped our course units into themes: themes are collections of course units grouped together to provide focus on specialist topics. Themes are selected at the beginning of the academic year and enable students to deepen their knowledge in specific areas.
Theme = a combination of usually 2 course units.
MSc course (possibly following a Pathway) = selection of 3 themes.
Courses and pathways
- Advanced Web Technologies
- Artificial Intelligence
- Computer Systems Engineering
- Computer Security
- Data and Knowledge Management
- Digital Biology
- Multi-Core Computing
- Semantic Technologies
- Software Engineering
Advanced Computer Science Master of Research [MRes]