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Computer Science MSci

UCAS code: G404

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Campus
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
A*A*A
Full entry requirements, including contextual requirements
Duration:
Four years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2024
Application deadline:
31 January 2024
Apply via UCAS

Our Computer Science MSci course is a four-year degree which combines undergraduate study with a master’s course. You will gain an in-depth understanding of computer-based information systems in the heart of a connected London. The first two years of the course focus on the foundations of computer science and will equip you with the skills to develop a software system as part of a team – something that will serve you well for your future career. The third and fourth year allows you to undertake advanced topics, specialise your knowledge and showcase your talents by completing individual project and group projects. Our MSci will allow you to understand the underlying principles of a range of Computer Science areas, including: - Software Engineering (e.g. programming skills and technologies, as well as planning, implementation, and maintenance of large software projects) - Algorithms and Optimisation (e.g. analysis and benchmarking of software, algorithmic techniques) - Cybersecurity (e.g. cryptography and Information security) - Systems Engineering (e.g. real-time and embedded systems, communication protocols, and systems-level programming) - Foundations of Computing (e.g. programming paradigms, and computational models) - Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (e.g. formal logics, search techniques, machine learning) After completing this course, you will be recognised with a master’s degree which is most suited to those considering an advanced career in research or industry. It will also provide you with the background knowledge and skills required to become a successful professional able to work in a range of exciting roles (see Careers Prospects). Women in Science Scholarships As part of the faculty's work on diversity & inclusion, we are actively working to support women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to address the current imbalance of women working and studying in these areas. Read more about the Women in Science Initiative here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nmes/women-in-science, where you can also find out about the Women in Science scholarships offered. Further scholarship opportunities offered to women students passionate about computer science can be found here: https://raeng.org.uk/programmes-and-prizes/programmes/uk-grants-and-prizes/support-for-education/amazon-future-engineer-bursary

Key benefits

  • 6th in the UK for Computer Science (QS World Rankings by subject 2023).
  • You'll interact with world-class experts in many exciting areas of Computer Science, including algorithms and data analysis, cybersecurity, human-centred computing and software systems.
  • You'll study a wide-range of innovative modules, covering both the theory and practice of modern Computer Science.Excellent tutorial support and extensive course-specific interactive teaching. Friendly and supportive learning environment, with students from across the globe.
  • Research lies at the heart of our department, and you'll be taught by leading experts.
  • Our central London location is close to top, global companies, such as Google and Amazon, and gives unparalleled access to leading scientific societies, including the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • This degree has been accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by BCS. An accredited degree entitles you to professional membership of BCS, which is an important part of the criteria for achieving Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status through the Institute. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
  • Study as part of a diverse student cohort: King’s is one of the leading Russell Group universities by proportion of female undergraduates on its Computer Science courses (HESA 2019/20).
Suliman

I loved the opportunity to study in the heart of London, engage with a mix of interesting theoretical and practical modules, enjoy tech and computing-related societies, and get invaluable advice from the careers service

Suliman, Computer Science BSc

Employability

Completing a Computer Science degree opens the door to a wide range of job opportunities for our graduates. Typical profiles include software engineer, software architect, programming-language-specific developer, security engineer, and database engineer. 

A suggestion of the core skills required for such roles (that our Computer Science programmes address) are below:

Software Architect

  • Make high-level decisions about the structure and organisation of software.
  • A working knowledge of modern libraries, frameworks, and coding standards.
  • Work closely with and lead a team of developers to see through planning, implementation, and maintenance of large software projects.

Algorithms and Optimisation

  • Analysis and benchmarking the performance of software.
  • Proficient in a range of programming languages, programming paradigms, and front-end technologies.
  • Be familiar with commonly used algorithms and the main algorithmic techniques for optimisation of code with respect to time and resource use.

Security Engineer

  • Critically assess security needs and capabilities.
  • Design and implementation of security policies.
  • Knowledge of key security protocols for encryption, key-establishment, and cipher use.

Systems Engineer

  • Designing and analysing modern hardware, real-time systems, and embedded systems.
  • Understanding of protocols and languages used in systems communication.
  • Capable of systems-level programming.

Data Engineer

  • Data analysis of complex and big data.
  • Use of languages, tool, and frameworks for storing, preparing, and managing data.
  • Presenting and visualising data.
  • Understanding of bias and ethical issues around data use.

Theory and Logic

  • Use logics for modelling and reasoning.
  • Formal software validation and verification.
  • Computational models and complexity

The Careers Service run tailored sessions for Informatics students and a careers programme which includes skills sessions and visits from top employers. Our graduates go on to successful careers in a wide range of organisations including banking, finance, management, and the major software houses, where they work mainly on analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of software applications and systems. Alternatively, many of our graduates choose further study.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Analyst Programmer, Airbus
  • E-Disclosure Specialist, Stroz Friedberg
  • Information Security Consultant, Merrill Lynch
  • Financial Software Developer, Goldman Sachs
  • Senior Software Engineer, Oracle
  • Software Developer, Bank of America
  • IT Consultant, Detica

Employability

Completing a Computer Science degree opens the door to a wide range of job opportunities for our graduates. Typical profiles include software engineer, software architect, programming-language-specific developer, security engineer, and database engineer. 

A suggestion of the core skills required for such roles (that our Computer Science programmes address) are below:

Software Architect

  • Make high-level decisions about the structure and organisation of software.
  • A working knowledge of modern libraries, frameworks, and coding standards.
  • Work closely with and lead a team of developers to see through planning, implementation, and maintenance of large software projects.

Algorithms and Optimisation

  • Analysis and benchmarking the performance of software.
  • Proficient in a range of programming languages, programming paradigms, and front-end technologies.
  • Be familiar with commonly used algorithms and the main algorithmic techniques for optimisation of code with respect to time and resource use.

Security Engineer

  • Critically assess security needs and capabilities.
  • Design and implementation of security policies.
  • Knowledge of key security protocols for encryption, key-establishment, and cipher use.

Systems Engineer

  • Designing and analysing modern hardware, real-time systems, and embedded systems.
  • Understanding of protocols and languages used in systems communication.
  • Capable of systems-level programming.

Data Engineer

  • Data analysis of complex and big data.
  • Use of languages, tool, and frameworks for storing, preparing, and managing data.
  • Presenting and visualising data.
  • Understanding of bias and ethical issues around data use.

Theory and Logic

  • Use logics for modelling and reasoning.
  • Formal software validation and verification.
  • Computational models and complexity

The Careers Service run tailored sessions for Informatics students and a careers programme which includes skills sessions and visits from top employers. Our graduates go on to successful careers in a wide range of organisations including banking, finance, management, and the major software houses, where they work mainly on analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of software applications and systems. Alternatively, many of our graduates choose further study.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Analyst Programmer, Airbus
  • E-Disclosure Specialist, Stroz Friedberg
  • Information Security Consultant, Merrill Lynch
  • Financial Software Developer, Goldman Sachs
  • Senior Software Engineer, Oracle
  • Software Developer, Bank of America
  • IT Consultant, Detica

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Campus
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
A*A*A
Full entry requirements, including contextual requirements
Duration:
Four years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2024
Application deadline:
31 January 2024
Apply via UCAS

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