Advanced Computer Science and IT Management [MSc]

Degree awarded: MSc

Duration: 12 months. [Full-time, September-September only]

Entry requirements:

A First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in computer science, or a joint degree with at least 50% computer science content.Applicants with a minimum of three years relevant computer science industrial experience and a first honours degree at the level of a first class or good 2(i) class, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.

Thus we assume that all students on the course have a good background in computer science, reflected, for example, in solid programing and software development skills.

Course fees: For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £22,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,250
    International students (per annum): £11,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact email: pgt-compsci@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: 44 (0)161 275 6181

How to apply:

You may apply for all postgraduate courses using our  online application system  .

Dates and deadlines

Overseas Applicants:

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received this year, the School of Computer Science has introduced an application deadline for overseas applicants of  Friday 17 November 2017 , by which all applications for 2018 entry must be submitted via our  online application system . Any applications received beyond this date will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

UK/EU Applicants:

We will continue to accept and consider applications from UK/EU students beyond 17 November 2017 due to the nature of the typical application window within the UK and Europe.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course description

Our MSc in Advanced Computer Science and IT Management is taught in collaboration with Manchester Business School. As such, the programme benefits from the offerings of both schools.  Manchester Business School is the largest campus-based business and management school in the UK offering world-leading business education informed by leading edge theory and practice. Similarly, the School of Computer Science is renowned as a world-class centre of excellence in computing teaching and research.   

This course is ideal for students who have the desire to drive technology into effective use in business. Information systems are pervasive in every aspect of industry, business and society and therefore there is growing demand for people who have a high level of technical knowledge and are prepared for a leadership role, utilising entrepreneurial and management skills in the solution of business problems. This course is centred around a Management theme, which encompasses relevant MBS course units, and combines it with a choice of complementary Computer Science themes such as Data Management, Software Engineering, and Advanced Web Technologies. The students take modules from 4 theme pools, two in IT Management and two in Computer Science. The course also provides a specialisation in Information Management .

Additional course fees information

Accrediting organisations

Dual accredited for CEng registration, for standard route IEng registration and Sydney Accord recognition.

Academic entry qualification overview:

A First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in computer science, or a joint degree with at least 50% computer science content.Applicants with a minimum of three years relevant computer science industrial experience and a first honours degree at the level of a first class or good 2(i) class, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.

Thus we assume that all students on the course have a good background in computer science, reflected, for example, in solid programing and software development skills.

English language:

All students are required to be proficient in spoken and written English. In order to be accepted onto an MSc programme in the School of Computer Science applicants need to provide evidence of having achieved the required level in one of the following english language qualifications:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 minimum (with no less than 6 in any of the sub-categories)
  • Internet based TOEFL 100 ibt with no less than 23 in individual components
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade 'C'
  • Pearson English overall 59 (writing 51)

If you envisage any difficulties in satisfying our English language requirements then please do let us know. The University offer a number of excellent pre-sessional English courses designed specifically to help international students meet our requirements prior to the start of their programmes.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Progression and assessment

Teaching and assessment take place through small group lectures, supervised laboratory work, mini-projects and independent learning. Course units are assessed by a mixture of written examinations, computer based practical work, and a range of coursework assessments including assessed mini-projects, group projects, reports and essays. The MSc requires a project dissertation to be submitted.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

The MSc in Advanced Computer Science with IT Management has an excellent record of employment for its graduates. They are clearly in demand by the IT industry and related sectors. The following indicates the areas in which our graduates have found work: Associate Consultant Business/IT consultant, Computer Programmer, Business Analyst, Graduate Trainee, IT Consultant, IT Contractor, Internet Developer, Consultant-Programmer analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Software Developer,  Support Engineer, Teacher, Technical Consultant.

We maintain close relationships with potential employers and run various activities throughout the year, including career fairs, guest lectures, and projects run jointly with partners from industry. This is managed by our Employability Tutor; see the School of Computer Science's employability pages for more information.

Course units and themes

This course is ideal for students who have the desire to drive technology into effective use in business. Information systems are pervasive in every aspect of industry, business and society and therefore there is growing demand for people who have a high level of technical knowledge and are prepared for a leadership role, utilising entrepreneurial and management skills in the solution of business problems. This course is centred around a Management theme, which encompasses relevant MBS course units, and combines it with a choice of complementary Computer Science themes such as Data Management, Software Engineering, and Advanced Web Technologies. The students take modules from 4 theme pools, two in IT Management and two in Computer Science. The course also provides a specialisation in Information Management.

Computer Science units for ACSwITM students (semester 2)

This theme offers a range of optional advanced computing units for students taking MSc ACSwITM. The units cover various areas, from mobile technologies to complex data management, from software development to health informatics. Students take one unit from this theme in the second semester.

Data Engineering and Systems Governance

This theme aims to provide students with an overview and understanding of the entire data life cycle, including data creation, modelling, acquisition, representation, use, maintenance, preservation and disposal, as well as the general use of IT to secure data and information. It discusses database design, data warehousing, maintenance and analytics, data standards and data quality, as well as managing the human behaviour affecting the security of data and information systems.

Data on the Web

As the World Wide Web evolves from a web of documents to a web of documents, data and applications, standards, techniques and practices have evolved for modelling, managing and querying web data at scale. This theme explores a range of topics that have emerged from web data standards and practices, including semi-structured data management, linked open data and big data querying.

IT Management 1

This theme covers a number of business and management topics, in particular those that are related to information technology and practice. Students taking MSc ACSwITM choose two units from this theme (please check time-tabling constraints). All units are taught by Manchester Business School in the first semester.

IT Management 2

This theme complements Management 1, with a range of business and management optional units. Students taking MSc ACSwITM choose one unit from this theme (please check time-tabling constraints). All units are taught by Manchester Business School in the second semester.

Learning from Data

The amount and complexity of data being produced and processed by modern technologies is growing rapidly. Computer applications are increasingly required to adapt and learn from these vast data resources. Manchester researchers are mining huge document collections, adaptively optimizing multi-core processors and understanding the complexity of the genome. Although these seem like very different applications, it turns out that they can all be tackled with a core set of common algorithms, drawn from the field of machine learning.



This theme will give you the chance to learn the core set of skills in this field, first studying the basics of machine learning, and quickly accelerating to the more advanced state of the art methods in high dimensional data analysis.

Parallel Computing in the Multi-core Era

In the universal move to multi-core processors, microprocessor manufacturers have presented the software industry with its most serious challenge ever. Essentially all CPUs are now multi-core, and the number of cores in the CPU is increasing inexorably. The consequences of this multi-core revolution are profound because parallel computing now needs to be handled as the norm, rather than the exception; today's programmers need parallel programming skills that are currently possessed by very few.



This theme introduces students to the complexities of parallel computing by reviewing hardware developments and by providing programming techniques and tools that can alleviate the ensuing problems of correctness, reliability and performance of modern parallel systems.

Security

The large-scale application of the Internet and telecommunication technologies routinely generates enormous amount of information that is transmitted, processed, stored and managed on networked systems on a global scale.

Information recorded electronically on a networked system is particularly vulnerable to security threats, such as: theft, manipulation or misuse of valuable or confidential information; deliberate damage to systems and services; and fraud and forgeries in e-business dealings. These threats could endanger national security, national critical infrastructure, business interests and personal privacy. The field of Security, namely the study of countermeasures to address these serious threats, is therefore of paramount importance to our quality of life.

This Security theme is aimed at introducing the technologies, standards, policies, procedures and practices that can be used to secure information and distributed systems. It embraces a range of technologies such as cryptography, and computer, network and distributed system security, and also includes risk assessment procedures and the study of how security can best be managed

Software Engineering 1

Software Engineering tools and techniques are central to computer science, underpinning systematic development and evolution of software systems. This theme provides experience of modern approaches to software engineering, with a view to enabling students to deploy agile software development practices, and to work effectively with large software systems.

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