Computing students

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2021
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

This course provides intensive training in computer science, and is suitable for graduates of disciplines other than computing who are who are keen to acquire core computing skills or deepen their existing knowledge of computing.

This course provides a year of intensive training in computer science, and is suitable for graduates of disciplines other than computing who are preparing for a career in the computer industry.

Applicants who want to add computing qualifications or to retrain as computing or IT professionals are the natural target for this programme, and the course is also a suitable preparation for PhD studies.

This MSc provides opportunities for postgraduate students to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and practical skills in basic and specialised topics in computing, as well as the qualities and skills needed for group co-operation and for literature search, technical presentation and report writing. You also have the chance to join in development of a large software project.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

AI Programming Test (Spring)

C++ Programming Test (Spring)

Computer Architecture (Autumn)

Develops a fundamental understanding of the organisation and operation of a desktop computer system. The emphasis of the module is how high-level language programs are represented and executed at an architectural-level.

Integrated Programming Laboratory (Autumn and Spring)

Practice writing programs and apply methods and techniques learned in other courses in the same term through laboratory sessions, coursework, and constant feedback.

Introduction to C++ Programming (Autumn)

Teaches basic imperative programming concepts, and to gives practical programming experience by solving small-scale problems. Intended for non-Computer Science graduates – no previous programming experience is assumed.

Logic and AI Programming (Autumn)

Introduces logic and formal reasoning through propositional and predicate logic.

MSc Computing Science Individual Project (Summer)

Object Oriented Design and Programming (Autumn)

Introduces the basic object oriented element of program development, and teaches how to design programs in an object oriented manner. Learn how to study programming languages.

Operating Systems (Autumn)

Introduces the organisation and operation of the operating system software that controls the execution of programs and that manages the resources of a computer.

Software Engineering Practice and Group project (Spring and Summer)

Introduces state-of-the-art methods in software engineering. Presenting well-proven techniques for managing real software projects.

Optional modules

You choose four modules from below.

Advanced Computer Graphics (Spring)

Introduces modern techniques in realistic computer graphics and image synthesis, particularly image-based techniques for photorealism.

Algorithms (Spring)

Introduces algorithm design and analysis, equips you with a range of approaches and established algorithms for solving common classes of problems. Takes a practical approach, focusing on coded examples and applications.

Argumentation and Multi-agent Systems (Spring)

Focuses on the foundations and advances in Multi-Agent Systems, specifically the concepts and implementation techniques required.

Computational Finance (Spring)

Introduces the basic concepts of quantitative finance and financial engineering, including hedging and pricing problems in finance, and how to formulate these problems as mathematical models, and understand the computational techniques to solve the arising models.

Computer Networks and Distributed Systems (Spring)

Details the problems and issues that must be dealt with in constructing robust and flexible distributed applications as well as the underlying network protocols needed to support them.

Cryptography Engineering (Spring)

Teaches how cryptographic techniques can be used to design and implement secure communicating systems for a variety of different needs and applications, and to do so by considering all aspects from theory to more practical issues.

Data Analysis and Probabilistic Inference (Spring)

Aims to teach how probability can be used to make decisions by a computer. Inference networks form a major part of the material along with linear and non-linear methods in statistical pattern recognition.

Databases (Spring)

Introduces database systems, including the relational model, design, languages, transaction management, recovery and concurrency.

Graphics (Spring)

Provides an understanding of basic concepts of computer graphics, and introduces the fundamental mathematical principles used for computer generated imagery, shading and light approximations.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (Spring)

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods in Artificial Intelligence.

Logic-Based Learning (Spring)

Gives a foundation of knowledge and basic principles of logic-based learning, to develop basic skills in algorithms and heuristics, and to form a logic-based learning task to solve a given learning problem.

Machine Learning (Spring)

Provides the foundations to Machine Learning (ML) and an understanding of basic ML concepts and techniques. Uses Matlab to design, implement and test ML systems.

Network and Web Security (Spring)

Covers network and web security broadly from the network to the application layer. The emphasis of the module is on the underlying principles and techniques, with examples of how they are applied in practice.

Systems Verification (Spring)

Introduces formal methods for system specification and verification. Particular prominence is given to logic-based formalisms and techniques, notably model checking.

Extracurricular

Introduction to Java (Spring)

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a first-class degree in any subject.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can usually choose up to two courses.

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

This fee will be £80 per application and not per course. 

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

The fee for MBA applications to Imperial College Business School is £135. There is no application processing fee for other postgraduate courses such as PhDs.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

£18,500 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

£34,750 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021-2022.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2020-21 entry, the maximum amount was of £11,222. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

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