Advanced Computer Science MSc/PGCert, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #159 (WUR) , | Online
This MSc is designed for students who wish to supplement their education in a specific set of advanced topics and cutting-edge technologies that they require for their professional lives, or to pursue their studies further to a PhD on a specific topic.


Also available as CPD: certificate of completion of individual modules.

Duration and Mode of Study

Two years by Distance Learning for MSc, one year for Postgraduate Certificate.

Course Aims

The course focus on the methodologies and technologies in software engineering and web application development that address challenges faced by companies in today’s volatile markets. Students learn how to design and build applications that are modelled at high levels of abstraction addressed to business needs using state of the art development techniques and system architectures such as Service-oriented Computing and Web 2.0.

Students also engage with migration of legacy applications to modern system architectures. The course is also offered as a PG Certificate and on a module basis as CPD to enable junior level employees and graduates as well as IT professionals to learn about the state of the art or to acquire a broader perspective of a specific topic and influence strategic decisions.

Course Modules

For an MSc, students are required to take six taught modules plus an individual project. These modules can be taken as two semesters of three modules or three semesters of two modules, depending on whether students study in 'intensive' or 'relaxed' mode. Students engaging in CPD or a Postgraduate Certificate can select appropriate modules (apart from the individual project). A Postgraduate Certificate student requires four modules.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

Course material will be available through the University’s VLE. The teaching will be aligned with delivery of the campus-based modules. Students will be supported by a course tutor through discussion boards and email communications. Assessment for taught modules is through coursework and written examinations (overseas exams will be offered). Examinations will be held at a venue in your local city, usually within a two hours commute. This venue will be assigned based on your place of residence during your studies. The project is assessed separately.

(Please note:The information included on this webpage is indicative of the course provision provided by the University of Leicester. Due to regular enhancement of the University's courses, please refer to Leicester's own website (

Programme Structure


  • Advanced Web Technologies
  • Domain Specific Languages
  • Generative Development
  • Individual Project
  • Semantic Web
  • Service-Oriented Architectures
  • Software Measurements and Quality Assurance
  • System Re-Engineering
  • Business Information Systems

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website ( or/and Terms and Conditions ( for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

Entry Requirements

For junior-level employees or recent graduates – a good second-class honours BSc degree or qualification of equivalent standard recognised by the University in a subject with a substantial element of Computing.

For IT professionals, applications will take into account the number of years of experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6060 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12120 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6060 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12120 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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