M.Sc. Advanced Computer Science with Internet Economics

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP15700 Year (International)
  • English
Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool | Liverpool, United Kingdom
This one-year full time programme, formerly known as MSc in Computation and Game Theory, is intended for graduates who already have a first degree in Computer Science, or in Economics, or a closely related subject. It is related to the "cutting-edge" academic discipline of Algorithmic Game Theory, which lies at the intersection of Economics and Computer Science and provides a mathematical platform to modern Internet applications such as Electronic Commerce or Google sponsored search auctions.

Description of Advanced Computer Science with Internet Economics


Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise 2008

The results of the last Research Assessment Exercise placed Liverpool within the top 10 computer science departments in the UK. All of the department's research activity was recognised as being of international standing, with 75% classified as internationally excellent and 30% as world leading.

The programme

The MSc. in Advanced Computer Science with Internet Economics is a novel and unique programme, the first of its kind in Europe, offering a range of modern topics that range from optimisation and computational game theory to network games, and modern applications in electronic commerce, such as Google sponsored search auctions. It is offered by the Computer Science Department, with contributions from the University of Liverpool Management School.

This programme is research-led with the aim of preparing graduates for research and/or IT careers. Towards this aim it puts emphasis on transferable job-market relevant skills, like: quantitative analysis, optimisation, Internet Advertising, etc.

State of the art teaching and research

Pursue your postgraduate programme at the University of Liverpool and you'll be part of a Computer Science department that's internationally renowned for its advanced research and teaching.

We have four main research groups:

  • Agents

  • Algorithmics

  • Logic and Computation

  • Economics and Computation

In particular the Economics and Computation is the largest research group in this area in the world and is responsible for this MSc programme.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 15700 Year (International)
  • GBP 5300 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Module details:

  • Compulsory modules

Research Methods In Computer Science (COMP516)
Object Oriented Software Development (COMP517)
Optimisation (COMP557)
Introduction To Computational Game Theory (COMP323)
Microeconomic Theory (ECON915)
Network Games (COMP558)
Computational Auctions and Mechanism Design (COMP559)
Msc Project (COMP702)

  • Optional modules

Web Programming (COMP519)
Advanced Algorithmic Techniques (COMP523)
Applied Algorithmics (COMP526)
Data Mining (COMP527)
Multi-agent Systems (COMP310)
Technologies for E-commerce (COMP315)

Note: Up to 30 credits of the recommended advanced modules may be replaced with selected level 3 modules with the proviso that a graduate of the University cannot elect to take a level three module if they have already passed that module as part of their undergraduate study.


You'll be taught by lecturers who are internationally known for their research, in particular experts in the area of Economics and Computation. This programme is offered to study on-campus.

English Language Requirements

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TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Advanced Computer Science with Internet Economics

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement will be a 2:1 honours degree (or above) in a subject area closely related to Computer Science, Economics, or the intersection of these two subject areas. Applicants who do not offer a 2:1 (or higher) honours degree will still be considered if their performance in mathematics and/or foundational computer science and/or foundational economics courses during their studies is at least in the 2:1 range. The applications will be considered in a case-by-case basis.

Students with an Economics (and related) honours degree are required to have a mathematical element in their first degree equivalent to first year undergraduate basic maths, e.g, basic set theory, basic logic, basic graph theory. This requirement is fulfilled by the students offering BSc degrees in Computer Science.

International qualifications

International Qualifications Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

English language qualifications

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University can be found on our International webpages

Work Experience for Advanced Computer Science with Internet Economics

No work experience is required.

It is University Policy to encourage mature entry. Relevant work experience will be taken into consideration. Each case is considered on merit, but in such cases work experience is taken into account.

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