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MSc Advanced Computer Science – University of Reading

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  • 3rd for Overall Satisfaction in postgraduate Computer Science*

    *Out of 33 institutions in the UK, PTES 2019, based on 36 responses


MSc Advanced Computer Science

Gain specialist knowledge and with it a competitive edge, fast-track your development and career, or enhance your existing skills. Reading offers expert teaching, dedicated facilities, strong links with industry – and a location at the heart of the UK’s IT sector.

Our course offers learning in a diverse range of topics:

  • Data analytics and mining
  • Big data analytics
  • Cloud computing
  • Machine learning
  • Visual intelligence.

To complete your master’s, you will have access to 200 workstations with a virtual infrastructure for remote connection to a secure virtual private network, a walk-in immersive virtual reality system and a big data computing cluster.

"What particularly attracted me was the content of the course, with modules focussed on the most modern topics in Computer Science, such as data mining, big data and machine learning, paired with interesting research applications like brain-computer interface, swarm intelligence, artificial life and more practical advanced programming topics like GPU computing."

Fabio Cappello

MSc Advanced Computer Science graduate

careers and links with industry 

Reading is located at the centre of a major high-technology hub, with the headquarters of companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard (HP) and Intel nearby. Many companies have provided active input into our teaching, ensuring the skills we pass on are relevant to the needs of the IT industry.

Major international companies are actively involved in the development and review of our courses through our Industrial Advisory Board. Companies currently participating are Eli Lilly, Nationwide Building Society, Sony, Microsoft and IBM.

The Industrial Advisory Board contributes to the strategic development of Reading's provision for Computer Science students in the 21st century. Working together, we develop the teaching, equipment, software, and work experience to prepare students for their future careers. The Board provides a valuable view of what the future looks like from an external perspective, enhancing the employability of our graduates by supporting a learning experience which develops the evolving technical and soft skills required in the industry.

There has never been a better time to pursue a career in technology. Benefit from our close links with our industry neighbours and develop your career path, ranging from start-up companies to multinationals. The options don't end there either – you could also start your own business or join a research group.

Our MSc Advanced Computer Science is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) - the Chartered Institute for IT.

Blending curiosity and creativity with our MSc Advanced Computer Science course


learn from experts

Be taught by lecturers with expertise across a broad range of areas. Our staff are active researchers with extensive experience in both academic and industrial applications. The Department's research expertise and familiarity with industry inform your learning experience – allowing you to engage with concepts of global interest.

Our Department is based within the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences, in the vicinity of both the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Meteorology.

Benefit from the many complementary strengths across the departments, including:

  • Specific expertise relating to big data
  • Data visualisation and analytics
  • Applications of high-performance computing to weather prediction and climate simulation.

Flexible study options

The MSc Advanced Computer Science at Reading offers full and part-time options, or the ability to study on a flexible modular basis to fit around your work commitments.

You can choose to study on a full-time basis and graduate with our accredited master's qualification within one year, or complete your degree through studying on a basis which fits with your life and commitments. You will be able to select optional modules that meet your interests and requirements, regardless of which study option you choose.

Study options and durations are:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24 months
  • Flexible: 5 years (maximum)

Our flexible study option enables you to spread the cost over the extended duration of your course, with fees charged on a module by module basis.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and individual modules

Are you looking to gain some CPD points, or take an individual paper that is of especial interest to you? Our taught modules are available as free-standing training courses, with two enrolment options:

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with no assessment
  • Individual modules with assessment which could then contribute towards a postgraduate qualification (MSc, Diploma or Certificate).


Scholarships are available for master's students enrolling in 2020, some offered directly by the University and others allocated by external funding bodies.

In order to apply, a candidate must have received an offer of admission to one our participating master's courses. Scholarships are awarded in two rounds. Round one will review applications received by March 2020 and round two will consider applications received by 1 June 2020. Candidates unsuccessful in round one automatically go forward for consideration in round two, provided they still hold a valid offer of admission to an eligible course.

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