Computer Science MEng
MEng Computer Science
If you’re ready to make a career out of your interest in computer tech, then this MEng Computer Science integrated Master's degree course gives you the skills and knowledge you need. A year longer than our BSc (Hons) Computer Science course, you’ll specialise in advanced topics, do a group industrial project and get a Master's degree at the end of the course.
You’ll examine every aspect of computing, from programming to networks, and learn to develop the computer applications that are moulding the future. You’ll be able to explore the latest boundary-pushing technology, such as artificial intelligence and computer vision.
An integrated Master's degree gives you the platform to launch your career as a specialist in technical computing roles, from the biggest multinationals to the smallest software developers. A Master’s qualification is also suited to careers in academic and industrial research.
This course is currently going through the process of re-accreditation with the British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT) after the 2020 assessment visit was delayed due to Covid-19.
BSc (Hons) alternative
You can also study this subject as a 3-year BSc (Hons) Bachelor's degree.
The BSc and MEng share the same modules in years 1–3. If you study the BSc, you can transfer to the MEng if you progress well and achieve good grades. You can also transfer from the MEng to the BSc if you change your mind about how long you want to study for once you start the course.
90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
MEng Computer Science Master's degree entry requirements
- A levels – AAB–ABB
- UCAS points – 128–136 points to include a minimum of 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from Mathematics, plus one other relevant subject (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM
- International Baccalaureate – 27
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this degree course, you'll:
- Get a thorough grounding in hardware, software and information processing
- Learn from experts with career experience in computer science
- Get to grips with the technical side of computer systems design and use your knowledge to find solutions to practical problems
- Get involved in the range of extracurricular activities, clubs and societies, such as the IT Society, AI and Robotics Club and Gaming Society
- Apply your skills to real issues through our work with charities and organisations such as Code Club which places students in afterschool clubs to help 9-13-year-olds with their Scratch, HTML/CSS, and Python projects
- Access equipment such as our high performance computer and usability labs, including the latest eye-tracking technology
- Build your knowledge in specialist areas of the industry such as cyber-security
- Make the most of workplace trips, pop-up lectures and hack days, where you'll join forces with other computing students to collaborate on projects and solve challenging problems
Careers and opportunities
You’ll graduate with a diverse skill set that covers programming, software development and network management.
What can you do with a Computer Science degree?
This gives you a foundation for a career in areas such as:
- software engineering
- web development
- computer programming
- network design
Whatever you decide to do, you’ll get career help, support and guidance for up to 5 years after you graduate from our Careers and Employability service.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.
If you combine your degree with teacher training, you'll do teaching placements as part of your course.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or in a group.
We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
In previous years, our MEng Computer Science students have secured roles with placement providers that include:
- Android Developer Intern, ParkNow
- IT & AV Technician, Sandhurst School
- Java Developer, Stannah
- Software Engineering Intern, Sage People
- Developer, Self-employed Placement
- Placement Position Analyst Programmer, Avco Systems
- Support Engineer, BAE Systems
- IT Consultant, BeWiser
- Software Development Intern, IBM
What you'll study on this MEng Computer Science degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Architecture and Operating Systems
- Core Computing Concepts
- Database Systems Development
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Discrete Mathematics and Functional Programming
- Operating Systems and Internetworking
- Programming Applications and Programming Languages
- Software Engineering Theory and Practice
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- 3D Computer Graphics and Animation
- Big Data
- Ethical Hacking
- Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
- Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme)
- Usability Engineering
- Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
- Web Programming
At the end of your second year, you have the option to take a placement year to get experience working in the field. We’ll help you find a placement that matches your workplace ambitions.
Previous students have secured placements at high-profile organisations, including:
You’ll get mentoring and support to make sure you’re getting the most out of your placement year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Distributed Systems and Security
- Individual Project (Engineering)
- Theoretical Computer Science
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Advanced Networks
- Educational Computing
- Engineering Science
- Enterprise Web Architectures
- Fuzzy Systems and Networks
- Graphics and Computer Vision
- Internet of Things
- Hacking 4 MoD
- Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
- Professional and Academic Research and Development (only available to Level 6 direct entry students)
- Security and Cryptography
In your final year, you'll carry out a group industrial project utilising the skills learned during your course and your areas of interest within computer science.
Core modules also include:
- Applied Data and Text Analytics
- Computer Vision
- Industrial Team Project
- Parallel Programming
- Scientific Computing and Simulation
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- project work
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- multiple choice tests
- written exams
- In-class exercises
- mini projects
- written report
- review articles
- supervised work sessions
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
- Year 1 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 67% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 25% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 35% by written exams and 65% by coursework
- Year 4 students: 28% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 64% by coursework
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Maths and stats help
The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International (non-EU) students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
How to apply
To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – I100
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.