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Computer Science Mcomp

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

computer-science-mcomp

Next enrollment cycle

January 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 29,145

Course Accredited By

BCS

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Our four-year Computer Science MComp degree will raise your expertise to a point where you could start a career at a senior level or study for a PhD in computer science. The first three years are the same as those of the Computer Science BSc. In the final year you will take modules in areas such as advanced software engineering, advanced algorithms, financial computing and distributed systems.
  • Do you enjoy programming? Do you want to know how to talk to customers and clients, and be able to specify, design, build and test the software they need? How to work by yourself and also in teams? And do you want to know more about the scientific and theoretical foundations of the subject? If you want to do all these things, and also learn about the principles of coding, underpinning mathematics, mathematical models of computation, operating systems and networks, and professional skills, Leicester’s Computer Science MComp programme is for you.
  • Programming is fun! You no doubt have a phone, laptop, tablet and so on; your car may have a navigation system, park itself, and have surround-space scanners; and you may be able to control your heating from a mobile. All of these cool devices work using program code. At the heart of coding such systems are state-of-the-art technologies including Android, C , Haskell, Java, JavaScript, Python, PHP, Prolog and R, and programme development environments such as Eclipse. At Leicester you will be taught to program in a selection of these languages, and have opportunities to learn others in project work. Programming will not only include mobile and web applications and technologies, but also new styles of programming such as functional and logic-based languages.
  • The course covers the methods for developing software, following rigorous engineering practices. You will learn how to plan and manage software architectures for practical large-scale development projects, while adopting an academic and rigorous approach which will support you throughout your career. We cover: how to understand customer requirements; specify, design and code a solution; and test and release your solution to your customer. You will learn about mathematical models of computation such as automata and register machines, and formal language theory.
  • Modules in computer architecture, operating systems and networking cover essential knowledge of modern computing systems (mobile computers to world-distributed computation). And, of course, we cover databases and information systems. In optional modules at level 3 and 4 you can learn about a range of advanced topics including user interfaces, advanced mobile and web technologies, security, distributed systems and applications, concurrency theory, system re-engineering, cloud computing, game theory and more.
  • Project work is highly desired by employers. In your second year group project you will learn the demands of working in a professional environment as you endeavour to deliver software that is often commissioned by a real client. In both your third and final year, you undertake an individual problem-based project, exercising your creativity and innovation to design and implement a software solution to the problem; you can also apply the scientific principles you learnt. Previous projects have included 3-D games, mobile phone/tablet apps, security software, internet telephony, programming robots, a sheet music editor, theorem provers, processor emulators, and more.

Scholarship

  • Citizens of Change 100 Scholarship - Anyone holding an offer of a place at Leicester - 50% fee reduction in first year
  • Science and Engineering International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester College of Science and Engineering - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Family Loyalty Discount - Any child, sibling or spouse of a Leicester student or graduate - 10% fee discount
  • Media, Communications and Sociology International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester School of Media, Communications and Sociology - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Music scholarships - Talented musicians/singers at Grade 6 or above - £500
  • Sports scholarships - Students who compete at regional, national or international level - Facilities, coaching and financial support
  • ULSB International Merit Scholarship - Students applying for a degree in the University of Leicester School of Business, starting September 2022 or later - £3,000 per year

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2023

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: Grade B/5 in Maths.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30. Minimum of 4 in HL Maths, or 5 in SL Maths, or 6 in Maths Studies required if grade B/5 not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with D*D*D*. BTEC must be in IT, Science or Engineering. 
  • Other national and international qualifications considered. 
  • If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for:
  • International Foundation Year – Engineering and Technology run by the Global Study Centre. This course is for international students whose academic and/or English results fall just below those required for direct entry to year one of the degree.
  • Computer Science with Foundation Year BSc run by the School of Informatics. This course is for all students whose academic and/or English results fall just below those required for direct entry to year one of the degree.
  • Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed, but an additional assessment test may be required. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Department of Informatics.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • The first year provides a solid grounding in the theories and technologies that underpin software engineering. We will cover Python and Java programming and program development environments (such as Eclipse) along with basic discrete mathematics for applications. You will also learn about the architecture of modern processors and the foundations and history of computer science.

Modules

  • Algorithms, Data Structures and Advanced Programming
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Foundations of Computation
  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Mathematics Fundamentals
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Requirements Engineering and Professional Practice
  • After the first semester you may be able to transfer to the BSc in Software Engineering subject to achieving the required grades.
  • This is the same as the first year of the BSc.

Year 2

  • During your second year you will become an expert in all aspects of the software engineering process and apply your skills in a software engineering group project. In addition, you will learn about operating systems, networks, user interfaces, human-computer interactions, and functional programming or data analytics.
  • You will be part of a team project, working together to develop software, typically commissioned by a real client. You will learn to manage a team. Each team works within a teaching framework, broad enough to allow you to work flexibly and innovatively, but moderated to ensure that teams are performing and progressing. You will learn to prepare written reports, and give a group presentation (these are skills that employers rate very highly).

Core modules

  • Databases and Domain Modelling
  • Operating Systems and Networks
  • Software Architecture and System Development (double module)
  • Software Engineering Project (double module)
  • User Interfaces and HCI

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Data Analytics
  • Functional Programming
  • Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
  • This is the same as Year 2 of the BSc.

Year 3/4

  • Year 3/4 is an opportunity to specialise in the areas of computing that interest you. The project is a chance to follow your own interests in depth, with one-to-one supervision.

Core modules

  • Computer Science Project (double module)
  • Computers, Society and Professionalism

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Communication and Concurrency
  • Internet and Cloud Computing
  • C Programming
  • Software Measurement and Quality Assurance
  • Mobile and Web Applications
  • Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering
  •  If students choose Internet and Cloud Computing in year 3/4, they cannot take Internet and Cloud Computing in the final year

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Analysis of Algorithms
  • Compression Methods for Multimedia
  • Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • Big Data and Predictive Analytics
  • Technology Management
  • This is the same as the final year of the BSc.

Final Year

  • The core focus of your final year is specialisation. Core modules will help you to develop your research skills while optional modules open up the most advanced aspects of computing.

Core module

  • Computer Science Project (double module)
  • Personal and Group Skills (taken in either semester)

Option modules

Choose three option modules (or two if Personal and Group Skills taken in semester 1)
from:

  • Advanced C Programming
  • Advanced System Design
  • Agile Cloud Automation
  • Internet and Cloud Computing
  • Interaction Design (ID) & User Experience (UX)
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
  • students cannot take Internet and Cloud Computing if they took Internet and Cloud Computing in year 3/4

Then choose three option modules (or two if Personal and Group Skills taken in semester 2)
from:

  • Algorithms for Bioinformatics
  • Financial Services Information Systems
  • Generative Development
  • Service-Orientated Architectures
  • Service Design

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in four years.

UK Students

  • Starting in 2022
  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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