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UCAS Code
I100
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
4 years full-time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2021 complete this short form, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Our Clearing hotline is open 10.00am–4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 10.00am–4.00pm on Fridays.

Overview

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.

Accreditation

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)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

MEng Computer Science Master's degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAB–BBB
  • UCAS points – 120–136 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

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

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.

Typical offers
  • 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

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

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
  • Use the latest tech and apply your skills to real-life problems via our partnership schemes with charities and organisations
  • 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.

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.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Architecture and Operating Systems 
  • Core Computing Concepts
  • Database Systems Development
  • Networks
  • Programming

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:

  • IBM
  • Airbus
  • Veritas

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)
  • Robotics
  • 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

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory
  • project work

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • multiple choice tests
  • written exams
  • In-class exercises
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • 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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • 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

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – October to January
  • Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

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
  • Referencing
  • 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 (2021 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 – £17,600 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

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.

Additional costs

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.

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.

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