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The MSc Computer Science programme has been developed to fill a gap in industry. It's a great opportunity to gain skills that employers want."

Dr Aniko Ekárt
Course Director

Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) in a non-computing subject

With no specific subject qualification required, this course offers an opportunity for non-computing graduates to pursue a career in computing. Boost your career and access roles in a rapidly growing industry with an MSc qualification in a highly in demand skill set.

Computer Science at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017)
A course specially designed to address industry skills gaps
An opportunity for non-computing graduates to pursue a career in computing
Ranked in the Top 15 for graduate prospects (Sunday Times University Guide 2016)

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelors Degree in a non-Computing subject, with at least grade 2:1 (or equivalent).  Before being admitted onto the programme, applicants will be expected to take an aptitude test and to participate in an interview. Entry requirements for each individual student will be stated in their offer letter.  

Duration of programme
12 months full-time 
Plus an additional compulsory 5-week module beginning in August 2017.

Start date
August 2018

£7,850 for UK/EU students (2018/19)  
£18,650 for Outside EU students (2018/19) 


You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here.  If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

This programme will give you the skills and experience to become an industry-accredited professional.

  • Be prepared to respond to the computing challenges of the business world; 
  • Gain the theoretical underpinning needed to support sound analysis, design and delivery of technology solutions; 
  • Develop a systematic understanding of the software development process; as well as practical software and information systems engineering capabilities based on well-founded principles; 
  • Be able to communicate in an IT context and gain graduate-level transferable skills;
  • Get professional experience and a wide perspective on IT and business through employment at collaborating host companies, or the Aston student-run software company;
  • Prepare yourself for an effective career in IT with the potential to reach leadership roles.

The MSc Computer Science programme will enable students to develop a systematic understanding of the software development process, and the associated professional skills necessary in practice. 

Core Modules

  • Foundations of Object-oriented Programming
  • Team Project
  • Software Engineering
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Dissertation 

Optional Modules*

  • Data Structures and Algorithms 
  • Software Project Management
  • Information Security
  • Reliability in Software Engineering
  • Data Mining 

*Availability of the optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

This programme will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, independent study, field trips and work placements. 

It will be assessed through a combination of written and oral examinations, class tests, individual and group coursework, projects, presentations and practical assessments. 

Students who do not wish to continue to the full MSc qualification may decide to undertake a smaller 20 credit diploma project, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma.

Course Directors

Dr Anikó Ekárt

Dr Ekárt is a Senior Lecturer and member of the Aston Lab for Intelligent Collectives Engineering (ALICE). She holds a PhD from Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary.  Her research interests are in computational intelligence, both theory and application, and more specifically genetic programming. She has 20 years of teaching and research experience in this field, including European Commission funded projects. Previously she was a lecturer at University of Birmingham. She has been postgraduate programme director since 2008.

Dr Harry Goldingay

Dr Goldingay is a lecturer in Computer Science and member of the Aston Lab for Intelligent Collectives Engineering (ALICE). His research interests are in computational intelligence, particularly swarm intelligence and swarm robotics. He directs Aston’s Degree Apprenticeship programme in computing.

Dr Yulan He 

Dr He is a Reader at Aston University. She obtained her PhD degree in Spoken Language Understanding in 2004 from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her current research interests lie in the integration of machine learning and natural language processing for text mining and social media analysis. She is teaching Information Security at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and Data Mining for final year undergraduate students.

Dr Michal Konecny

Dr Konecny is a Lecturer at Aston University.  He is interested in methods of developing reliable software, in particular reliable numerical software using functional programming and interval methods.  He is the lead developer of software packages AERN and PolyPaver. He has also contributed to novel type systems for memory management. Over the last 13 years he has lectured and developed hands-on learning material on Artificial Intelligence, Real-Time Systems, Distributed Systems, Programming Language Concepts and Software Engineering.

Dr Jo Lumsden

Dr Lumsden is a Reader and Director of the Aston Interactive Media (AIM) Lab at Aston University.  Her research (and thus teaching) interests lie in human computer interaction (HCI), specifically novel user interaction design and evaluation methods, mobile assistive technologies, and trust in e-Commerce.  Before coming to Aston, Jo was a research scientist with the National Research Council of Canada. She leads the research on several externally funded projects and has 20 years' HCI teaching experience.

Dr Sylvia Wong

Dr Sylvia Wong is a Lecturer and member of the Aston STEM Education Centre (ASEC). She holds a PhD from Birmingham University, UK. Prior to joining Aston University, she was a lecturer at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. Her research interests include computing education and natural language processing. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, with over 15 years of teaching experience in programming and software development. She has collaborated with businesses through Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects.

The course has been specifically designed to prepare comprehensively trained Computing professionals, at the same time as addressing the skill gaps identified by the Digital Economy Unit and our own market research on demand for skills in the UK. 

On completion of the programme, you will be well equipped for a leadership role within the Computer Science industry. 

Dr Anikó Ekárt 


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For application enquiries, contact the School of Engineering and Applied Science Admissions Team on pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk


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