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Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,300 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 15,700 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The MSc in Advanced Computer Science is intended for graduates who already have a first degree in Computer Science or a closely related subject, and who wish to extend the knowledge gained in their undergraduate study with more advanced specialised material reflecting current research at the cutting-edge of the discipline.

The programme comprises a sequence of modules focussing on the research strengths of the department. The programme is directed at careers in the IT industry that require a degree of research and development. This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society as follows

  • CITP (Chartered IT Professional) with Further Learning Elements
  • Partial CScii accreditation
  • Partial CEng accreditation

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.

This puts the department in the top 7 departments in the UK in terms of the proportion of research classified as world leading. Computer Science currently holds research grants of some £4.5million and has recently benefited from a £5million investment in estates and facilities. Such investment has resulted in a vastly improved physical research environment, giving research groups dedicated meeting and seminar rooms, enabling students and supervisors to be closely located, and making it possible to organise many high profile conferences and workshops.

Why this subject?

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 school that's internationally renowned for its advanced research and teaching.

We came seventh nationally in the 2008 research assessment exercise and have four main research groups:-

  • Agents
  • Algorithmics
  • Logic and Computation
  • Economics and Computation

Together these groups provide a critical mass of expertise equal to the most complex challenges in Computer Science, within a setting that offers world class research facilities and support.

Pursue your MSc/MRes research project and PhD/MPhil studies here and you'll be able to contribute to, and shape, cutting edge research and innovative technologies of the future.


You'll be taught by lecturers who are internationally known for their research. This programme is offered full-time to study on-campus.

The taught components of our on campus MScs offer a choice of contemporary computing topics, a strong theoretical basis and the opportunity to gain sound practical and critical analysis skills.


The department's based on the main University of Liverpool campus, close to the city centre and in a spectacular Grade II listed building.

Following a recent £5 million refurbishment, we can offer you a comfortable working environment with excellent research, study and computing facilities.

You'll also enjoy the full support of our friendly tutors and technical teams so you can get the best from your time here.


Computer Science is located in the grade II listed Ashton and Holt buildings, with state-of-the-art equipment.

Our computing resources include an extensive integrated network of workstations running the Linux operating system and the X-Windows graphical interface, together with a large number of PCs running Microsoft Windows.

Staff and students have easy access to high quality laser printing facilities and a range of specialist software.


The first semester of the Advanced Computer Science MSc programme includes a "Research Methods" module and a choice of three out of four "research based" (level M) modules. This is followed by a choice of a further four out of five "research based" modules in the second semester. All the research based modules on offer reflect the Department's research interests and strengths with at least two modules drawn from each of the three main research groups. The research modules also include 30 credits worth of material taught by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics. If desired students on this programme may elect to replace up to two of the research based modules on offer with selected modules from the Department's third year (level 3) provision (with the proviso, for students whose first degree is from the Department of Computer Science at Liverpool, that a module can not be selected if a student has previously passed the module).

Compulsory modules

  • Research Methods In Computer Science (COMP516)

  • Knowledge Representation (COMP521)

  • Privacy and Security (COMP522)

  • Advanced Algorithmic Techniques (COMP523)

  • Information Theory and Coding (ELEC615)

  • Image Processing (ELEC619)

  • Biocomputation (COMP305)

  • Safety and Dependability (COMP524)

  • Reasoning About Action and Change (COMP525)

  • Applied Algorithmics (COMP526)

  • Data Mining (COMP527)

  • Multi-core Programming (COMP528)

  • Computational Intelligence (ELEC675)

  • Multi-agent Systems (COMP310)

  • Technologies for E-commerce (COMP315)

  • Semantics of Programming Languages (COMP317)

  • Advanced Web Technologies (COMP318)

  • Complex Information and Social Networks (COMP324)

  • Msc Project (COMP702)

ELEC modules taught by Electrical Engineering and Electronics.

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. This programme is offered to study on-campus.


The minimum entry requirement is a 2:2 honours degree (or above) in Computer Science or a closely related subject.

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 include GCSE English; GCE O level English; AS Level English; A Level English Language; IELTS; TOEFL; Cambridge Proficiency etc.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL iBT® test: 88

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.



This programme is accredited by the British Computer Society as follows:

  • CITP (Chartered IT Professional) with Further Learning Elements
  • Partial CScii accreditation
  • Partial CEng accreditation


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