Computing, M.Sc.

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If your first degree is not in computing but you want to move into IT then this MSc in Computing at Oxford Brookes University is designed for you. The course provides the basis for starting a career in computing and IT; teaching you the fundamentals of programming, hardware, networks and software engineering.


The Computing course at Oxford Brookes University will enable you to develop a sound knowledge of computer software development for a range of problem areas, such as interactive websites, stand-alone applications and network systems. Because of its emphasis on software system construction and management, and data organisation, the qualification is applicable to a wide variety of fields concerned with using computers, as well as directly to the computer industry itself.

Why choose this course?

  • The course is rooted in real-world and industry-relevant experiences.
  • Lecturing staff have extensive experience in research and university teaching, as well as a wide range of previous industrial and commercial backgrounds.
  • You will have the opportunity to put the skills you have gained into practice if you choose to undertake our 1 year optional placement
  • You will be joining a department with a diverse and truly international postgraduate community.
  • The universal nature of the technical skills developed in our programmes means our courses are of equal relevance to both new graduates and those with many years of industrial experience.

Programme Structure

The MSc in Computing has a modular course unit design providing you with maximum flexibility and choice. To qualify for a master’s degree, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The MSc in Computing with placement enables you to work in industry for a year in the middle of your course to give valuable workplace experience. Placements are not guaranteed, but the department's dedicated placement team will help with the process of finding and applying for placements. To qualify for a master’s degree with placement, you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits plus the zero credit placement module. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Computing allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the computing industry who wish to brush up their skills. To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, you must pass modules amounting to 120 credits. This comprises six taught modules (20 credits each). In some cases, it may be possible for a student on a Postgraduate Diploma to do 3 taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Computing allows you to concentrate on the taught part of the degree and is ideal for people working in the computing industry who wish to learn a specific area in this rapidly changing discipline. To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, you must pass modules amounting to 60 credits. This comprises three taught modules (20 credits each).

We also offer a Postgraduate Certificate Computing Research Project.

Part-time students normally distribute the work evenly over a two-year period.

Semester 1

You can choose from the following modules:

  • Research and Scholarship Methods (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) is designed to equip you with the tools necessary for the scholarship and research skill needed for the computing field as well as equipping you with the professional skills and outlook needed for a lifelong career in the computer industry.
  • Object-Oriented Programming (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) covers the principles of programming and object orientation, giving you the opportunity to apply these using an object-oriented programming language.
  • Structured Data (compulsory for MSc) covers the principles and practice of structured data, including how it is represented, managed and transformed.
Semester 2

You can choose from the following modules:

  • Computer Systems and Networks (compulsory for MSc and PG Dip) introduces the concepts, operations and components of computer systems and the principles of computer networks. You will have the opportunity to create and maintain an IT system similar to that found in many SMEs.
  • Software Production (compulsory for MSc) studies current practices, skills and techniques applied to managing software development related projects, individually and in project teams. The module combines theory with pragmatic and professional insights and considers requirements engineering, project management, risk, quality assurance, usability and HCI issues.
  • Web Interfaces and Media (optional) looks at the challenges of designing and constructing interfaces using a variety of media (e.g. text, speech, graphics) that are accessible to users in a wide variety of situations. It covers the physical, technical and psychological aspects of web interfaces design.
  • Information Security and Retrieval (optional) provides you with knowledge of the concepts and key approaches to information retrieval, with a particular emphasis on retrieval of information from the Web. It will enable you to analyse an information retrieval problem, critically evaluate the different approaches that are available, create an effective solution and evaluate the security implications.

As courses are reviewed regularly, the list of taught modules you choose from may vary from the list here.

Students undertaking an MSc with placement will do a 1 year placement in industry. The placement will be undertaken after the taught component and before doing the dissertation.

Students studying for an MSc will also take:

  • MSc Dissertation which is an individual research and development project that allows you to study a topic of your choice in depth, guided by your supervisor. The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation. You undertake your dissertation over the summer period.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a first degree equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor's degree, in a non-computing subject. If your first degree contains only a small element of technical computing you can also be considered.

For entry to the Postgraduate Certificate Research Project you should provide evidence of experience in research and study methods at an appropriate level.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you must satisfy our English language requirement by providing us with evidence of a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13730 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13730 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5480 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5480 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £5,480
  • Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £2,790
  • Home / EU full-time on-campus fee with additional sandwich mode: £1,680
  • International full-time on-campus fee: £13,730
  • International full-time on-campus fee with additional sandwich mode: £4,120
  • Where part time fees are quoted this is for the first year only. Fess will increase by approximately 2% each year.


Sources of Funding for Postgraduate UK and EU students

  • Postgraduate support scheme 2015
  • John Henry Brookes Scholarships
  • Santander Scholarships
  • Faculty or Department Taught Masters Scholarships
  • de Rohan Scholarship 2015
  • Alumnus, Friends and Family Discount Schemes
  • Bursaries from External Organisations 2014-15
  • University Research Studentships
  • Public funding

Funding options for postgraduate international students

Oxford Brookes offers a range of scholarships to international postgraduate students who pay international fees.

  • John Henry Brookes Scholarships 2016
  • Santander Scholarships 2016
  • Alumnus Discount Scheme
  • Faculty or Department Taught Masters Scholarships
  • Pre-master's Academic Excellence Scholarships (for master's students beginning Sep 2016)
  • de Rohan Scholarship 2016
  • British Council GREAT Britain Scholarship India 2015 - 16
  • Family Discount
  • Visa Discount
  • Funding for Research Degrees
  • Gaza Scholarship Scheme 2016

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