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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 5.25k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 17.3k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    Why choose this course?

    * The course offers recent graduates a unique chance to take their first steps into scientific research allowing them to progress to more advanced studies or into employment in research-intensive companies or organisations.
    * Students with prior professional experience can acquire valuable research skills and broaden their academic knowledge by working under the supervision of world-leading researchers
    * Students enjoy a lively research culture and are fully involved in the research activities of the Department.

    Employability & career opportunities

    Our graduates are among the most employable in the UK - we rank third in the UK for graduate employability - and, in recent years, have entered many different Computer Science-related roles including network systems design and engineering, web development and production. Our graduates have found employment at a wide range of organisations including Logica, British Telecom, British Aerospace, Microsoft,, American Express, Sky and Orbis Technology. At the same time, this course also equips you with a solid foundation for further postgraduate studies at PhD level.

    The course has several strands which coincide with fundamental areas of research in Computer Science, in which the Department's contribution has been internationally recognised: * Bioinformatics (Biological Sequence Analysis)
    * Constraints
    * Discrete Optimisation
    * Distributed and Global Computing
    * Intelligent Agents and Multi-agent Systems
    * Machine Learning
    * Programming Languages and Compilers

    On completion of the course graduates will have: * Valuable experience in scientific research
    * Useful transferable skills and knowledge in research methodology
    * Ability to pursue further postgraduate studies at PhD level or embark on a more research-intensive career

    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

    * Equivalent of at least a British Second Class Honours Degree. * First degree: A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent. * Alternative entry requirements : Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area. Please note that this is not a taught degree programme. Applicants for the Computer Science (MSc by Research) should use the form Application for a Postgraduate Research Programme, not the form for Taught Masters' programmes. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Royal Holloway offers a number of bursaries and scholarships to support taught postgraduate students and works with external scholarship providers to try to ensure our postgraduate students have a range of funding options.

    We offer a range of financial support that is targeted at those from low income families, mature students and care leavers, along with a package of scholarships for the most academically gifted. Of course, many students will be eligible for both.
    Royal Holloway also offers a number of scholarships to overseas students and also works with external scholarship agencies who provide funding for international students to study in the UK.


    Computer Science degrees are accredited by the Britsh Computer Society and by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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