MSc Computer Science (Conversion)

Improve your employment prospects and accelerate your career with our cutting-edge postgraduate qualification aimed specifically at non-computing graduates and experienced professionals. Equip yourself with the computational tools and skills required to address strategic problems in your area of expertise and make your move into the growing, international, high-value IT industry.

Key features

Structure: This programme will give you knowledge of computational problem solving, computer technology and software development with a focus on human-computer-interaction and usability as competitive factors. The programme includes a CS workshop module that guarantees that you will collaborate with experts from our world-leading research centres.

Resources: Benefit from easy access to cutting-edge specialist labs and next-generation software and hardware on a single-campus. You will benefit directly from facilities such as our NVIDIA sponsored GPU Research Centre and our High-Performance Computing Centre.

• Financial support: Plymouth University offers a range of general and merit-based postgraduate scholarships for local and international students including GREAT scholarships for students of Indian nationality. To be considered for one of these scholarships you must first hold a conditional offer of a place on a postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programme.

Careers: A post-graduate qualification in computer science combined with a background in a non-computing field opens the door to a wide range of careers including Systems Analyst (start £20-25K, senior £40K+), Information Security or Multimedia Specialist (start £20-25K, senior £35-60K), Operational Researcher (start £20-28K, senior £40-100K+) and IT consultant (starting salary £20-30K, senior salary £40-80K) . With the recognised skill gap in the IT sector, currently, 85 per cent of computer science students find employment within six months of finishing their programme.

Lifestyle: Work hard and play hard in Britain’s Ocean City with its beautiful moors and beaches and its historical naval links. The City of Plymouth is located in the county of Devon, repeatedly selected as the best place to live in the UK. Find out more about life in Plymouth and the South West.

Quality: As one of UK’s ten largest universities, Plymouth combines the best of modern and traditional higher education, with friendly and approachable professors and a world-leading research profile in future-focused areas such as medicine, cognitive science, environmental science and robotics.

Entry requirements
A first degree in a non-computing related discipline or equivalent industrial experience. The programme is not appropriate for students who qualify for post-graduate study on a specialist post-graduate computing programme.

Can this course help my career progression?
In a word, Yes. On completion, you will understand how computers can be used to solve problems of calculation, data gathering and analysis and communication. You will be able to manage software projects, work as part of a team of designers and developers, and be able to follow technological developments in computer systems advising on future technologies and strategic directions.

In addition to your studies you will have opportunity to gain valuable work experience with an optional year long industrial placement, starting at the end of the second semester.

Computer science will enable you to pursue a range of exciting careers across a range of industry sectors. Previous graduates work in a variety of organisations, from international companies including Microsoft and IBM, to national government organisations such as the Ministry of Defence or the Met Office, and local companies. A large number of our students also choose start their own companies, in particular in the areas of web and games development.

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