Advanced Computer Science (MSc)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4256

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 18120

All study options

About Advanced Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University

This one-year, full-time research Masters degree provides the opportunity to investigate the state-of-the-art in an advanced topic in Computer Science and develop an innovative solution to one of its challenges. Students are guided in this by their research supervisor.

Students will study 4 MSc course options, develop a Masters class, undertake a research project preparation course and then write a research project thesis of between 20,000 and 30,000 words.

Further details are available here.


  • Full time - 1 year
  • Part-time - 2 years

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 awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4256International course feesGBP 18120
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4256International course feesGBP 18120

Notes about fees for this course

Status*Full-timePart-timeHome / EU£4,256£2,128Overseas£18,120£9,060

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate research scholarships.

Entry requirements

Entry requires at least a 2.1 honours degree in Computer Science or an overall average of at least 60% on a taught MSc in Computer Science or IT.

Applicants must submit a 2 to 3 page research proposal together with their postgraduate application. This is used to assess a student's understanding of the nature of research and to match students with supervisors. Applicants are advised to look at the research interests of Computer Science department academic staff and the research themes of CS research groups before formulating their research proposal.

Visit our website to see what Computer Science thesis we are currently researching. Successful students at the end of the MSc may submit their thesis to graduate or ask to transfer to the second year of a PhD or MPhil.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

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