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Computing & Internet Systems MSc

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The Computing & Internet Systems MSc programme is an innovative computer science course that will improve your ability to solve challenging computing-related problems arising in the context of the internet. This course is an ideal study pathway for graduates who already possess a good foundation in computer science. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

  • Located in central London, giving access to major libraries and leading scientific societies, including the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • You will learn advanced software engineering skills preparing you for leading creative roles in the professional and research communities.
  • You will develop critical awareness and appreciation of the changing role of computing in society and motivating you to pursue further professional development and research.
  • Frequent access to speakers of international repute through seminars and external lectures, enabling you to keep abreast of emerging knowledge in advanced computing and related fields.
  • The Department of Informatics has a reputation for delivering research-led teaching and project supervision from leading experts in their field.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Up to 20-30 FT.

Course leaders Dr. Mike Spratling

Further details

Course contact for further information Contact the Admissions Office • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form ( • After applying: use the messaging service at Postgraduate Officer, Admissions Office Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution KIng's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Informatics



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Course detail


Rooted in the renowned research strengths of the Department of Informatics, this programme will introduce core topics like data structures and their implementation in C++, web infrastructure and software engineering of internet applications and then allow you to specialise through your choice of modules.

You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September and taking a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits that will come from an individual project of around 15,000 words. You will also participate in a group project that will provide you with invaluable experience of working in a team to design, implement and document a substantial internet application.


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.


Lectures, seminars, self-study and feedback

Per 15-credit taught module

150 hours

Dissertation module

600 hours



The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations. The individual project will be assessed through a 15,000-word dissertation. 

Special Notes

The Department of Informatics consists of expertise in four computer science groups (Agents & Intelligent Systems, Planning, Algorithm & Bioinformatics, and Software Modelling & Applied Logic), and groups in robotics and telecommunications. The selection of available optional taught course modules reflects the range of research interests in the department. All years of our programmes are kept under constant review and we reserve the right to change and improve them at any time.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Course purpose

For graduates with a substantial background in Computer Science, this programme will enhance your ability to solve a broad range of challenging computing-related problems and gain a broad introduction to aspects of the Internet. Research for your individual project will provide valuable preparation for a career in research or industry.

Course format and assessment


The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the Strand Campus, with occasional lectures and practical sessions taking place at the Waterloo Campus. 


Extra information

 Other related courses:
  • Advanced Computing
  • Advanced Computing with Management
  • Computing & Security
  • Data Science
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Mobile & Personal Communications
  • Robotics
  • Telecommunications & Internet Technology
  • Web Intelligence


Year 1

Required Modules
    Courses are divided into modules.  Each year you are required to take modules totalling 180 credits
  • Individual research project and dissertation (60 credits)
  • Data Structures and their Implementation in C++ (15 credits)
  • Web Infrastructure (15 credits) *
  • Group Project (15 credits)
  • Software Engineering of Internet Applications (15 credits) *
Optional Modules

Students will also choose modules totalling 60 credits from a range that may typically include:

  • Algorithm Design and Analysis (15 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence (15 credits) *
  • Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (15 credits)*
  • Advanced Research Topics (15 credits)
  • Advanced Software Engineering (15 credits) *
  • Cryptography and Information Security (15 credits) *
  • Database Technology (15 credits)
  • Parallel and Distributed Algorithms (15 credits) *
  • Security Engineering (15 credits)
  • Software Design and Architecture (15 credits) *
  • Distributed Systems (15 credits) *
  • Optimisation Methods (15 credits) *
  • Text Searching and Processing (15 credits) *
  • Network Security (15 credits) *
  • Algorithmic Issues in the World Wide Web (15 credits) *

*These modules are not available if you have previously studied in the Department of Informatics and have already taken this module at level six.

The Department of Informatics reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Computing & Internet Systems Entry Requirements
 Minimum UK requirements 2:1 Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree in computer science, or information technology. We may lower entry qualifications for students with substantial relevant work experience.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band E Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £55 applies. We run a rolling admissions system and aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please submit a one page personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, and, if relevant, your career plans. Please include transcripts of subjects taken in the relevant degrees and copies of all certificates and relevant qualifications mentioned in your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 30th March 2018.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 27th July 2018 or from UK/ EU nationals after 31st August 2018.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £9,900 per year (2018/19)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,940 per year (2018/19)
  • Part time UK fees: TBC
  • Part time overseas fees: TBC


Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2018, payment is due by 27th April 2018.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2018, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2018 and 31st July 2018, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2018, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates have continued on to find employment in general software consultancy companies, specialised software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Recent employers include Logica and Inteliscape.

Other graduates have entered into the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as software engineering and computer networks.

Career destinations

Via the Department’s Careers Programme, students are able to network with top employers and obtain advice on how to enhance career prospects. Our graduates have gone on to have very successful careers in industry and research. Our graduates are working in general software consultancy companies, specialised software development companies and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Recent employers include Logica and Inteliscape. Other graduates have entered into the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as software engineering and computer networks.


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