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University of Plymouth

Computer Science

UCAS Code: I100

Master of Science - MSci

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Computer science

Immerse yourself in Computer Science for four years and give yourself a UK masters level qualification. From the foundations of computer science and database development to artificial intelligence and games development, you’ll develop a wide variety of skills. Alongside this, you’ll also have the chance to undertake an optional industry placement year and a substantial research project.

* Access a course that is likely to be of interest to those who want to pursue a career in research. This may not necessarily be academic research, it could also be corporate research and development.

* Choose a four-year immersion course that gives you a UK M-level qualification, and which is also roughly equivalent to the four-year European degrees which follow the Bologna model.

* Seize the opportunity to undertake a substantial project in conjunction with a research active member of staff, and with the intention of producing at least one academic publication.

* Benefit from the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics’ strong links with industry. We have links with Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Intel, Nvidia and many more. We are a member of Microsoft DreamSpark and the Oracle Academy, both of which enable our students to acquire free software to support their studies (for example Microsoft Visual Studio, Server Operating Systems, SQL Server).

* The results of the REF2014 (research assessment framework) rates 75 per cent of our outputs in the categories ‘Computer Science and Informatics’ as internationally recognised and world leading. All the key researchers also teach; you are likely to actually meet these people.

* Deepen your knowledge with content that is constantly revised in conjunction with input from local and national organisations, as well as with active researchers.

Modules

In your first year, you’ll engage with the foundations of computer science from programming to algorithms, data structures and a little and mathematics. You’ll also database development, how to capture requirements and what happens inside a computer, including inside a computing operating system. A hands-on course from the outset, you’ll benefit from a number of practical workshops as well as preparing for your third year work placement.

In the second year, you use Oracle for developing databases, and you will go on a journey that takes you from being a programmer to a software engineer (how to structure program code when it gets complicated). We’ll continue to focus on your employability and prepare you for the placement. You also cover the ‘science of computer science’, for example Turing’s ideas on computation and machine intelligence. An integrating project combines all the skills you have learnt so far; you start with a concept and end with a product.

By third year you’ll now be ready to demonstrate all that you’ve learned over the past three years by undertaking a substantial problem-solving individual project focused on a specific area of personal interest. You’ll spend the rest of your time studying your optional modules, including machine learning and artificial intelligence, programming for games development, high performance computing, and how to process big data. You will probably choose modules that relate to your intended career.

In year four you have the opportunity to undertake a substantial project in conjunction with a research active member of staff, and with the intention of producing at least one academic publication. Year 4 has a research based flavour and most of the modules in it are delivered by research active staff. The remainder of the modules are optional, and once again you will probably choose modules that relate to your intended career.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

17% of assessment is by exam, 80% by coursework and 3% practical assessment

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
low
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
91%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

70%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Information technology technicians
3%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computer science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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