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The award
MSci (Hons)

How long you will study
4 - 5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 15810 per year

All study options

About Computer Science at City, University of London

Studying Computer Science allows students to develop the computing and coding skills needed to use programming as the language for creative problem-solving.

Who is it for?

This course is suited for those looking for a rewarding career in a diverse and rapidly changing environment, from the highly technical to the business-drive, in roles that are both creative and highly valued.


City's MSci (Hons) Computer Science degree covers core foundational skills such as programming, progressing to cover a range of computing topics with a focus on professional application, while maintaining a strong theoretical underpinning.

As a student of the MSci (Hons) Computer Science, you will:

  • Gain an appreciation of the foundations of computation
  • Acquire an understanding of the structure of programming languages
  • Develop the skills to use coding creatively in solving computational problems over the four years of the course.
  • Acquire expertise in state-of-the-art approaches to a wide variety of technologies
  • Develop commercially valuable skills and work with internationally renowned research groups, learning about the latest developments in computer science


The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and students will have fulfilled the academic requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status and for Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Chartered Scientist (CSci) registration.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level:
    • ABB (Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics preferred)
  • Tariff:
    • 128 UCAS tariff points.
  • IB:
    • 32 points, including 6 in all higher subjects
  • BTEC:
    • D*DD  (IT/numerate subjects only)
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ):
    • We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.

We do accept applications from students who are completing a combination of qualifications. For this course, this would be something like: D* in IT with a grade B in 'A' Level Computer Science and a grade B in another 'A' Level. We may also take 'AS' Level grades into consideration.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C) and Mathematics grade 6 (B)

Other suitable qualifications

  • Access to Higher Education will be considered when combined with substantial work or other experience.
  • Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City, University of London

INTO City, University of London offers an International Foundation programme in Computer Science. This course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City, University of London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

English requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall to include 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a combination of lectures, case studies, seminars and laboratory sessions. Project and group work aim to develop creativity and problem-solving and play a major part in the course. Learning is also supported by City's online e-learning system.

Assessment is by examination and coursework, although some components, such as the team project, are assessed by coursework alone.

In your first year you must also complete an online risk and safety assessment to progress to stage two of the programme.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

49% written, 0% practical, 51% coursework

Year 2

35% written, 0% practical, 65% coursework

Year 3

59% written, 0% practical, 41% coursework

Year 4

23% written, 5% practical, 72% coursework.

Assessment weightings by year

Type%Year 10Year 220Year 340Year 440Year 4

  • Year 1: 0%
  • Year 2: 20%
  • Year 3: 40%
  • Year 4: 40%


Year 1

In year one, you will study six core modules:

  • Computation and reasoning
  • Mathematics for computing
  • Software engineering
  • Systems architecture
  • Programming in Java
  • Business systems.

Year 2

In year two, you will take a further six core modules and undertake a project.

Core modules:

  • Data-structures and algorithms
  • Programming in C++
  • Language processors
  • Networks & operating systems
  • Object-oriented analysis and design
  • Professional development in IT.

Progression from year two to year three is subject to satisfactory performance.

Year 3

In year three, you will take three core modules and then select an additional five elective modules from a list of over twenty.

Core modules:

  • Advanced programming: concurrency
  • Theory of computation
  • Functional programming

Elective modules:

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • IT for Business
  • Management of Information Technology
  • Digital Signal Processing and Audio Processing
  • Games Technology
  • Advanced Databases
  • Business Engineering with ERP Solutions
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Introduction to Data Mining
  • IT Security
  • Software Agents
  • Professional Placement and Career Development
  • Data Visualization
  • Project Management
  • Computer Graphics
  • Software Reliability & Measurement
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computer Vision
  • Network Security
  • Information Security Management.

Year 4

In year four you will take two taught core modules and undertake a large individual project. In addition you will select three elective modules.

Core modules:

  • Advanced algorithms and data structures
  • Readings in computer science

Electives modules:

  • Advanced Database Technologies
  • Software Systems Design
  • Data Mining
  • Data Visualization
  • Practices and Theories in Interaction Design
  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing
  • Computer Graphics
  • Digital Signal
  • Processing & Audio Processing
  • Software Agents
  • Neural Computing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Service Oriented Architectures
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data
  • Network Security
  • Information Security Management
  • Cryptography.

Download the relevant programme specification

Overall workload

Contact hours will take the form of taught modules that are delivered through a series of 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials/laboratory sessions. The programme is delivered and assessed via a coordinated combination of: lectures (including programmed student activity); supervised tutorials; supervised laboratory work; independent coursework; group project work; and individual project work.

Approximate study time based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 2

18% scheduled learning, 82% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 4

14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning, 0% placement.

Career prospects

Careers include programming and software development, research-based careers in the IT industry and higher degrees, such as a PhD.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMSci (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 - 5 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15810 per year

Notes about fees for this course

More about fees

*The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.

** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £15,810 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.


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Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Coding bootcamp

Your introduction to coding at City

City's first-year Computer Science students were introduced to coding during a two-week long coding marathon. The highlight was the presentation showcase, where students got to exhibit their achievements to academics and their fellow students. From complete amateurs to those with some experience, everyone was challenged to develop their own project by the end of the bootcamp!


The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand placement and internship support and guidance for students throughout their studies. You can undertake one of the following placement schemes:

  • One-year placement - these are taken after you have successfully completed your second or third year of studies; students work between nine and fifteen months on placement before returning to City to complete their final year;
  • Summer internships - these can be taken every summer on completion of the academic year

Our dedicated team of placement specialists, the Professional Liaison Unit, has extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment across a range of industries. The team also has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to; achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.

Our London location

At the heart of cosmopolitan London City is perfectly situated in the vibrant area of Clerkenwell. Close to many innovative and well-known businesses with strong ties to our students and alumni, City is the ideal place to be as a computer science student.

Academic facilities

The School's computer science laboratories are equipped with modern and up-to-date hardware and software required for you to progress through your studies and acquire skills and knowledge that will form basis for your future career within IT.

From Oracle's leading commercial object-relational database server to PCs with state-of-art NVidia GPUs, used for computer graphics, students will have access to all necessary tools required for their studies across all computer science disciplines.

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