MSc Advanced Computer Science

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering

Our project-based courses give you valuable hands-on experience. We teach you how to apply what you learn in business and industry, anywhere in the world.

Genesys Solutions, the student-run software company, has really helped increase my knowledge of developing software in industry. When I graduate I’d like to work in the software industry as a software developer and would like to make an impact by solving challenging problems in software development.

Samra Abbas, Postgraduate student in Department of Computer Science

About the course

Course description 2017

Accredited by the British Computer Society

Turn your fascination with how things work into a successful career in business or industry. We’ll give you an advanced education in the most up-to-date aspects of computer science and software engineering, informed by our wide-ranging research interests. Innovative project work will teach you how to apply your knowledge in the real world.

Core modules

  • Object-Oriented Programming and Software Design
  • Research Methods and Professional Issues
  • Dissertation Project

Examples of optional modules

  • Text Processing
  • Modelling and Simulation of Natural Systems
  • Speech Processing
  • Theory of Distributed Systems
  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • Testing and Verification in Safety-critical Systems
  • Intelligent Web
  • Machine Learning and Adaptive Intelligence
  • Software and Hardware Verification
  • Software Development for Mobile Devices
  • Speech Technology
  • Virtual Environments and Computer Games Technology
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Java E-Commerce
  • Network Performance Analysis

Teaching and assessment

We use lectures, tutorials and group work. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.


Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in computer science or a closely related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Professor Noel Sharkey

This has become a passion for me. Robots are set to bring us many benefits such as robot surgery and domestic service as well as space exploration and access to extreme environments to monitor the effects of climate change.

Professor Noel Sharkey

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: dcs@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 1800

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.