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Computer Science MSci

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Overview

Our Computer Science MSci course, based in the heart of a connected London, is a four-year degree which combines undergraduate study with a master’s course. In the first two years you will study a broad range of subjects within computer science which you will then be able to refine to your interests in years three and four.

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.

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

Computer Science with Qualified teaching Status (QTS)

All Computer Science MSci students are eligible to apply to transfer onto the Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) pathway from their second year of the MSci. This pathway will instil in students the method and practice of teaching and will see students taking part in teaching placements in primary and secondary schools which will allow them to embark on teaching careers upon graduation. 75% of the course will be Computer Science content taught within the department whilst the remaining 25% will be teaching skills taught by the School of Education, Communication and Society. 

  • Reputation for good teaching in a friendly environment.
  • 92 per cent of research outputs ranked as world leading or internationally excellent – confirming the department’s position as a world-class institution for research in Computer Science (REF 2014).
  • Excellent facilities for the sole use of the Department.
  • Graduates go on to successful careers in a range of organisations including banking, finance, management and major software houses.
  • This course is currently accredited by the BCS – the Chartered Institute for IT. This certifies that our course equips students with the foundations enabling a career in computing or information systems.

Key information

UCAS code G404

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations BCS

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Informatics

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Course detail

Description

Our Computer Science MSci course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the field of computer-based information systems in order to prepare you for a career in this area. In the first two years, you will study areas such as programming, computer systems, databases, artificial intelligence, software engineering and logic. In the third year, you will undertake an individual project.

You will have access to over 250 fast PCs running Windows and Linux. These are spread over several state of the art laboratories for the exclusive use of the Department. Our student societies organise social and other activities.

Teaching

Teaching is led by the Informatics Department. You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, independent study, coursework and preparation for examinations.

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of written examination, essays, practical examination, oral presentations, reports, class tests and projects. The nature of assessment varies by module.

Special notes

The Department of Informatics consists of expertise in a number of different research fields. These are combined into six research groups (Algorithms and Data Analysis, Cybersecurity, Distributed and Artificial Intelligence, Human Centred Computing, Reasoning and Planning and Software Systems) and five research hubs (Trusted Autonomous Systems, Finance, Health, Security and Urban Living) which provide a virtual clustering of researchers from all parts of the Department around specific themes.

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.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. In each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Introduction to Professional Practice (0 credits)
  • Programming Practice & Applications (30 credits)
  • Computer Systems (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Computing 1 (15 credits)
  • Data Structures (15 credits)
  • Database Systems (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 15 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Elementary Logic with Application (15 credits)
  • Computational & Mathematical Thinking for Engineers I (15 credits)

You are also required to take 15 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Logic Design (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • Computational & Mathematical Thinking for Engineers II (15 credits)

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Practical Experiences of Programming (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Computing 2 (15 credits)
  • Operating Systems & Concurrency (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You are required to take three modules from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

One 30 credit module from:

  • Software Engineering Group Project (30 credits)
  • Robotics Group Project (30 credits)

One 15 credit module from:

  • Internet Systems (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Robotics (15 credits)

One 15 credit module from:

  • Programming Language Design Paradigms (15 credits)
  • Signals & Systems (15 credits)

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take:

    • Individual Project (30 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

 

  • Artificial Intelligence Reasoning & Decision Making (15 credits)
  • Cryptography (15 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence Planning (15 credits)
  • Formal Verification (15 credits)
  • Computational Models (15 credits)
  • Software Architecture & Design (15 credits)
  • Information Security (15 credits)
  • Optimisation Methods (15 credits)
  • Compilers & Formal Languages (15 credits)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (15 credits)
  • Agile Software Performance Engineering in Industrial Practice (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning (15 credits) 

Year 4

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Group Project (30 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits from a range of modules that may typically include:

  • Agent & Multi-Agent Systems (15 credits)
  • Advanced Software Engineering (15 credits)
  • Security Engineering (15 credits)
  • Nature-Inspired Learning Algorithms (15 credits)
  • Pattern Recognition, Neural Networks & Deep Learning (15 credits)
  • Computer Vision (15 credits)
  • Security Management (15 credits)Big Data Technologies (15 credits)
  • Simulation & Data Visualisation (15 credits)
  • Software Engineering & Underlying Technology for Financial Systems (15 credits)
  • Distributed Ledgers & Crypto-currencies (15 credits)
  • Network Theory (15 credits)
  • Model Driven Development (15 credits)
  • Philosophy & Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)
  • Sensors & Actuators (15 credits)
  • Robotics Systems (15 credits)
  • Real Time Systems & Control (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing (15 credits)
  • Topics on Data & Signal Analysis (15 credits)

King’s College London 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 you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

A*AA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 766

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D2 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

88% overall

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

At least one of Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science or Computing

Plus GCSE Mathematics at grade 6/B (or equivalent)

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

All candidates for this programme must obtain or have obtained grade B or 6 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent). Please note that unfortunately we are unable to consider re-sit applicants who have yet to re-sit their Maths GCSE but we welcome applications from those who have re-sat and achieved the required grade before applying.

A-level

A*AA

Must contain at least one of Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science or Computing.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 39 credits

M: 6 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science/ Maths Diploma (or similar subject). Level 3 study to focus on at least one of Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science or Computing.

Cambridge Pre-U

D2 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

BTEC Extended Diploma in Information Technology at grades DDD with 12 Distinctions, including Distinctions in the core modules Information Systems and Computer Systems plus Distinctions in an additional two from: Database Design; Systems Analysis & Design; Mathematics for IT Practitioners; Software Design & Development or Event Driven Programming, AND one A-level at grade A* from: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science or Computing.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

BTEC Diploma in Information Technology at grades DD with eight Distinctions, including Distinctions in the core modules Information Systems and Computer Systems plus Distinctions in an additional two from: Database Design; Systems Analysis & Design; Mathematics for IT Practitioners and one A-level at grade A* in either: Mathematics or Further Mathematics, Computer Science or Computing.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

D with four modules at Distinction and two A-levels at grades A*A, including at least one A-level from: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science or Computing.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAA at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must include Advanced Higher in either Mathematics or Computing Science.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 766 at Higher Level with either Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Computer Science at Higher Level. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

Other International Qualifications

 

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.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016. 

Full time tuition fees EU:

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. Future fees will depend on Government legislation. 

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016. 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is £23,900 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to 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 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

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

The Careers Service and the Department of Informatics run a careers programme for Informatics students, 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.

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