MSc in Computer Science

City Unity College in cooperation with Cardiff Metropolitan University offers an MSc in Computing to those who wish to acquire specialized knowledge on the application of computer systems and the information technology in the modern world, scientific research, product development, social interaction and business environments.

The program aims to provide a high quality and professionally relevant postgraduate programme, developing in students a critical appreciation of the creation and use of computer-based systems.

Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop high quality systems and to manage all aspects of its production and maintenance, thus enabling a student to enhance their existing skills in anticipation of meeting the increasing commercial demand for advanced computing graduates. 

The encouragement of students to function as autonomous learners should result in graduates who will have developed the foundations for future and continuing professional development.

On successful completion of the MSc programme, students should be able to

  • Evaluate the technical, societal and management dimensions of computer systems.

  • Discuss professional, legal, social, cultural and ethical issues related to computing and an awareness of societal and environmental impact.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of aspects of computer systems and their use.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and attention to, the many and varied aspects of quality.

  • Evaluate the appropriateness of research methods for investigating a particular issue.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the principles of software engineering.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of techniques for the development of algorithms for a range of applications.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of computer organization and architectures.

The programme is modular in design. In order to obtain the MSc, each student must successfully complete a total of 180 credits; this is comprised of seven (7) 20 credit taught modules, and one (1) 40 credit dissertation module.

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1. A Bachelor degree awarded by another approved degree awarding body (2:2 or higher)


2. A non-graduate qualification which is deemed to be of satisfactory standard for admission into the postgraduate program

Students who do not hold such qualifications will be assessed for their suitability through an interview and, where necessary, through references.

Non-graduates who lack formal qualifications (ie: formal qualifications which marginally fall short of the normal minimum entry requirements) will have to compensate for by his/her relevant professional experience, provided that these candidates have held for a minimum of five (5) years, a key position relevant to the Master’s degree they wish to pursue.

There are quality assurance measures taken at program, school and institutional level to ensure standards are consistently met.


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