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    Masters in Computer Science in UK: Complete Guide for International Students

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    Masters in computer science in UK is offered majorly as Master of Science (MS), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Master of Engineering (MEng). The duration of a full-time MS in UK is 1 year while an MPhil degree takes 9 months to 3 years to complete. Average program fee of universities offering masters in computer science in UK ranges between 22,600 GBP to 42,500 GBP. In 2013-14, the total student enrollment was 11,925 which increased to 14,315 in 2017-18.

    Enrollment in Masters in Computer Science in UK
    • MEng from UK universities can be completed within 4 years.
    • Students with bachelor's in computer science or related discipline can apply for MS in Computer Science in UK. 
    • The average salary earned by a computer science graduate in UK is approximately 43,000 GBP per annum.

    Why Study Masters in Computer Science in UK?

    Following are some of the reasons for pursuing masters in computer science in UK: 

    • 3 universities of the UK rank within top 10 amongst the popular universities of the world offering computer science program, according to THE in 2020. 
    • According to the Job Board, 11.7% more jobs were published in 2019 than last year by IT firms in the UK.
    • Average pay in the IT sector of the UK increased by 2.7% in 2019, as per the report of CV-Library. 
    • Median salary of computer science graduates increased by 7% from 51,500 GBP in 2019 to 55,000 GBP in 2020. 
    • 5% of the total permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK in 2020 were for computer science graduates. 

    Top Universities for Masters in Computer Science in UK

    According to THE World University Ranking for computer science in 2020, following are the top 10 universities in UK for masters in computer science: 

    THE Ranking 2020 University Program Offered Total Program Fees (in GBP)
    1 University of Oxford MSc in Computer Science: 1 year 33,000
    5 University of Cambridge MPhil in Advanced Computer Science: 9 months 42,184
    7 Imperial College London MSc Computer Science; 1 year 33,250
    19 University College London (UCL) MSc Computer Science: 1 year 30,400
    24 University of Edinburgh MSc Computer Science: 1 year 32,500
    85 University of Manchester MEng Computer Science: 4 years 124,800
    101 – 125 University of Birmingham MSc Computer Science: 1 year;
    MSc Advanced Computer Science: 1 year
    29,408;
    29,081
    101 – 125 University of Bristol MSc Computer Science: 1 year;
    MEng Computer Science: 4 years
    29,050;
    96,000
    101 – 125 Queens Mary University of London MSc Computer Science: 1 year 24,625
    101 – 125 University of Southampton MSc Computer Science: 1 year; MEng Computer Science: 4 years 25,450;
    86,320

    Note:

    • Kings College London offers a 4-year dual degree in Computer Science (Bachelors + Masters). Cost of the program is 26,700 GBP per year for an international student. 
    • Students with research papers published in the field related to computer science are given preference in the MPhil in Computer Science admission in the UK. 

    Masters in Computer Science in UK: Highlights

    Duration 1-4 years
    Types of Degree MS, MPhil, MEng
    Average Tuition Fees 22,600 GBP to 42,500 GBP
    Admission Requirements Bachelors in CS or related field with minimum 65%
    Average Salary Offered 43,000 GBP per annum
    Top Recruiters Capgemini, JP Morgan Chase & Co., BT Group, Barclays Bank PLC, IBM Corp.

    Course Structure of Masters in Computer Science in UK

    Masters in computer science is designed to provide advanced knowledge in programming and design of computer-based systems. It is offered mainly as MS, MPhil and MEng in the UK universities

    • MS degree is more focused on the theoretical aspect while an MPhil is a research-based program. 
    • Students are required to submit a thesis in the last semester of MPhil.
    • A project must be submitted in the last semester of MS for the successful completion of the degree. 
    • MEng deals with the engineering aspect of computer science and is a narrower discipline than MS and MPhil.

    Some of the courses that you will study in UK while pursuing masters in computer science are: 

    • Algorithmics 
    • Architecture and Hardware 
    • Database and Information Management Systems
    • Design 
    • Introductory Programming
    • Machine Learning for Domain Specialists
    • Software Engineering
    • Project Management for Engineering

    Admission Process for Masters in Computer Science in UK

    Bachelor's degree in computer science or other relevant discipline and basic knowledge of mathematics is required to apply for masters in computer science in UK.

    Where to Apply: Students are required to submit applications for postgraduate programs via respective universities admission portal. Some universities also accept applications via UCAS application portal.

    Admission Requirements for Masters in Computer Science in UK

    To apply for masters in computer science in UK, students are required to submit following documents: 

    • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related discipline
    • English translation of non-English transcripts
    • Must have basic knowledge of mathematics
    • Project proposal (for MPhil programs)
    • Proof of English proficiency
    • Letter of references (varies with university)
    • Updated Resume

    Note: Although work experience is not a compulsory requirement for admission in all universities of UK, it adds bonus points to the application of prospective students.

    Eligibility for Masters in Computer Science Admission

    Following are the minimum score required in bachelors and English language proficiency test to get admission in top UK universities offering MS in Computer Science: 

    University Minimum % Required English Proficiency Requirement
    University of Oxford 65% for prestigious institutes; 75% for other institutes IELTS: 7.0; TOEFL (iBT): 110
    University of Cambridge 75% IELTS: 7.5; TOEFL (iBT): 107
    Imperial College London 65%  IELTS: 7.0; TOEFL (iBT): 100
    University College London (UCL) 60% IELTS: 7.0
    University of Edinburgh 65% IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL (iBT): 92
    University of Manchester 69% overall or 50% in computer science content IELTS: 7.0
    University of Birmingham 65% IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL (iBT): 88
    University of Bristol For MSc: 60%; For MEng: 90% IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL (iBT): 85
    Queens Mary University of London 65% IELTS: 6.0; TOEFL (iBT): 92
    University of Southampton For MSc: 65%; For MEng: 90% IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL (iBT): 92
    Lancaster University 65% IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL (iBT): 87

    Cost of Studying Masters in Computer Science in UK

    Studying abroad is a costly affair and has various types of expenses associated with it. These can be categorized into three types: Pre-arrival Cost, Tuition Fees and Cost of Living.

    Pre-arrival Cost

    Registration fee of test scores required to study in UK, application fees, visa registration fees etc. are all included in the pre-arrival cost.

    Type of Expense Cost (in GBP)
    UCAS Application Fee 20
    UK Student Visa Fee 348
    Health Insurance 260 (per annum)
    IELTS Fee 162 - 180
    TOEFL Fee 294 - 918

    Tuition Fees for Masters in Computer Science in UK

    Annual tuition fee of masters in computer science in UK is approximately between 24,600 GBP to 42,500 GBP. University of Cambridge has the highest annual tuition fee of 42,184 GBP. 

    Tuition cost

    Cost of Living in UK

    Cost of studying also includes the living cost consisting of expenses like accommodation, transportation, utilities, course material cost etc. An estimated cost of living in UK for international students is tabulated below:

    Type of Expense Cost per year (in GBP)
    Accommodation 5,300
    Transportation 250
    Utilities 500 - 750
    Course Materials 400
    Food and Household Items 1,500

    Scholarships for Masters in Computer Science in UK

    To ease the financial burden, a number of scholarships, awards and bursaries are offered to students coming to study in the UK. Following are some of the scholarships available for international students in UK:

    Scholarship University Eligibility Amount (in GBP)
    Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies University of Oxford From Asian or African country Cost of tuition fees and living expenses
    Trinity Hall - Mann Studentship for Sciences University of Cambridge Academic performance 10,000 to 40,000
    DeepMind Scholarship University College London Enrollment in CS, Data Science masters program 25,000
    John Fisher High Performance (HPC) Scholarships University of Edinburgh Enrollment in CS or Data Science masters program 50% of tuition fees
    GREAT Scholarship 2020 University of Manchester From China, India or Malaysia Tuition fee waiver
    Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships University of Birmingham Academic merit and financial need Varies
    Think Big Postgraduate Scholarship University of Bristol Enrollment in full-time taught postgraduate program 5000; 10,000 and 20,000
    Chevening Awards Queens Mary University of London Enrollment in 1 year masters program Full tuition fees, living costs and flights
    Southampton International Merit Scholarships University of Southampton Enrollment in university’s program 3,000

    For more scholarships in UK, click here

    Job Prospects for Masters in Computer Science in UK

    Students are majorly employed in the IT sector after completion of a masters in computer science degree. Average annual salary that you can earn depends majorly on what type of masters in computer science you are pursuing. However, a student can expect to earn an average annual salary of 42,000 GBP a masters in computer science in UK.

    A tabulated summary of types of jobs available in UK, their responsibility and average salary offered to computer science graduates is provided below:

    Job Role Responsibility Average Annual Salary (in GBP)
    Software Engineer Developing ways that will help in proper functioning of softwares created by design team 41,000
    Software Developer Creating applications that allows users to perform various tasks 32,000
    Web Developer Building the backbone of the website 27,000
    Java Developer Creating complex web-based applications such as drop-down menus 37,000
    Front End Developer/Engineer Managing complex projects related to analysis of design requirements, recommendation of technical solutions etc 32,000

    You can also pursue masters in computer science from the US and Canada. A masters in computer science in Canada costs approximately 38,316 GBP to 47,511 GBP and can be completed within 1.5 to 2 years. MS in Computer Science in US is also a 1 to 2 year program. 

    FAQs

    Ques. What are the best universities in UK for MS in Computer Science?

    Ans. University of Oxford, University College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Birmingham and Queens, Mary University of London are some of the top universities offering MS in Computer Science in UK.

    Ques. How long does it take to complete masters in computer science in UK?

    Ans. The duration of MS in Computer Science in UK is 1 year. An MEng degree takes 4 years to complete while MPhil in Computer Science can be completed in 9 months to 3 years. 

    Ques. What is the program fee of masters in computer science in UK?

    Ans. Annual tuition fees masters in computer science in UK ranges between 22,600 GBP to 42,500 GBP. Lancaster University has the lowest fee of 22,662 GBP per year while University of Cambridge has the highest fee of 42,184 GBP per year.

    Ques. What are the job prospects after completion of masters in computer science in UK?

    Ans. Students can work as Software Engineer, Software Developer, Web Developer, Java Developer and Front End Developer. They can earn an average salary of upto 43,000 GBP per annum.