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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.2k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 15.4k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

    Jan 15

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    Our MEng in Computer Science with Distributed Systems and Networks includes the core learning of the BSc Computer Science and MEng Computer Science programmes to give you a thorough grounding in the field. You then have the opportunity to specialise and gain a greater understanding of the practical industrial applications of distributed systems and networks. You will also have the chance to undertake individual research projects.

    Major employers worldwide are keen to employ our graduates in system development, information technology and communications in the IT sector, and in the finance, service, communications and entertainment industries.

    We have strong relationships with employers, and our graduates are particularly in demand for their understanding of organisations and their practical abilities in the workplace.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline Jan 15 Tuition fee
    • EUR 11170 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 15420 Year (Non-EEA)

    UK/EU £9,000; International £12,420

    Start date October 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Students undertake four years of study. Each year there are compulsory Computer Science modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests.

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    Compulsory Modules
    • COMP1202 Programming I
    • COMP1203 Computer Systems I
    • COMP1204 Data Management
    • COMP1215 Foundations of Comp Sci

    Semester 2

    Compulsory Modules
    • COMP1201 Algorithmics
    • COMP1205 Professional Development
    • COMP1206 Programming 2
    • COMP1216 Software Modelling & Design

    Full Academic Year

    Compulsory Modules
    • ELEC1028 TT Personal Tutorial

    Year 2

    Semester 1

    Compulsory Modules
    • COMP2002 Computational Systems
    • COMP2006 Human-Computer Interaction
    • COMP2007 Software Analysis & Design
    • COMP2009 Operating Systems
    • COMP2011 Theory of Computing
    • INFO2009 Professional & Legal Issues

    Semester 2

    Compulsory Modules
    • COMP2004 Database Systems
    • COMP2005 Distributed Computing
    • COMP2008 Communications & Networks
    • COMP2010 Compiler Engineering
    • COMP2012 Software Engineering Grp Proj
    • COMP2039 Artificial Intelligence

    Year 3

    Semester 1

    Compulsory Modules
    • MANG3055 Management 1 (ECS)
    Optional Modules
    • COMP3001 Scripting Languages
    • COMP3004 Principles of Computer Graphics
    • COMP3013 Interactive Multimedia Systems
    • COMP3016 Hypertext and Web Technologies
    • COMP3018 E-Business Techniques
    • COMP3032 Intelligent Algorithms
    • COMP3033 Computational Biology
    • INFO3005 Security & Information Technology
    • LAWS3001 Industrial Law for Engineers 1
    • MATH3027 Operational Research

    Semester 2

    Optional Modules
    • COMP3009 Software Quality Assurance and Project Management
    • COMP3011 Critical Systems
    • COMP3017 Advanced Databases
    • COMP3019 Large Scale Distributed Systems
    • ELEC3020 Advanced Computer Architecture
    • ENTR3004 New Venture Planning
    • INFO3004 eLearning and Learning Technology
    • LAWS3002 Industrial Law for Engineers 2
    • MANG3023 Management 2

    Full Academic Year

    Compulsory Modules
    • COMP3020 Individual Project A & B
    Optional Modules
    • CHIN9001 Chinese Language Stage 1 for Engineers
    • CHIN9011 Chinese for Engineers Stage 2
    • FREN9044 French for Engineers
    • FREN9047 French Language Stage 3 for Engineers
    • FREN9048 French Language Stage 4 for Engineers
    • GERM9034 German for Engineers
    • GERM9035 German Language for Engineers Stage 6
    • GERM9036 German Language for Engineers Stage 3
    • GERM9039 German Language for Engineers Stage 4
    • GERM9046 German Language Stage 5 for Engineers
    • ITAL9030 Italian for Engineers Stage 4
    • SPAN9044 Spanish for Engineers
    • SPAN9045 Spanish for Engineers Stage 4
    • SPAN9046 Spanish for Engineers Stage 3


    Optional Modules
    • FREN9054 French Language Stage 5 for Engineers

    Year 4

    Semester 1

    Compulsory Modules
    • ELEC6050 Group Project A
    Optional Modules
    • COMP6003 Enterprise Web Development
    • COMP6017 Advanced Topics on Web Services
    • COMP6026 Evolution of Complexity
    • COMP6034 Types & Programming Languages
    • COMP6059 Advanced Web Development
    • ELEC6076 Wireless Networks
    • INFO6002 Assistive Technologies and Universal Design
    • INFO6003 Applications of Security in Information Technology
    • LAWS6060 Internet Law: E-Commerce
    • MATH6111 Numerical Methods
    • MATH6115 Statistics for Engineering Systems

    Semester 2

    Compulsory Modules
    • COMP6009 Individual Research Project B
    Optional Modules
    • COMP6004 Formal Design of Systems
    • COMP6006 Intelligent Agents
    • COMP6028 Semantic Web Technologies
    • COMP6035 From Aspect-Oriented Programming to Program Generation
    • COMP6036 Advanced Machine Learning
    • COMP6051 Social Networking Technologies
    • ELEC6024 Advanced Computer Vision
    • ELEC6032 Cryptography
    • ELEC6087 Biologically-Inspired Robotics (A)
    • INFO6004 E-Business Strategy
    • INFO6005 Rich Internet Applications
    • LAWS6059 Internet Law: Privacy, Crime and Security

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS



    GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

    A Levels:

    AAA including Mathematics (General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as one of the three A levels)

    English Language Requirements:

    If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 580.

    Alternative Qualifications:

    We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC Higher National Diploma, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard (or higher) to an A level applicant.

    International Qualifications:

    We welcome applications from international students.

    Mature Applicants:

    We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are may be eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

    Selection Process:

    We select students on the basis of a UCAS application. UCAS code:G4G5 Course title: MEng Computer Science with Distributed Systems and Networks Course duration: 4 years

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Southampton.


    Our MEng Computer Science with Distributed Systems is accredited by the British Computer Society.

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