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Computer Science

University of Essex Online

M.Sc. Online
24 months
5611 GBP/year
5611 GBP/year
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Are you looking for a route to break into the rapidly growing computing sector? This MSc Computer Science from University of Essex Online takes you from computer science novice to capable programmer. Throughout this conversion degree you will explore recent trends and key developments in computer science, as well as learning essential programming languages such as Python and SQL.

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You will learn and be assessed wholly online via Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), so no need to travel to assessment centres. This means you can easily and flexibly fit your professional development ambitions around your personal life, and you won’t need to take a career break. 

Though you will study exclusively online, on successful completion of your MSc Computer Science provided by University of Essex Online , you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex’s Colchester campus.

Why study this subject?

Through this conversion degree you will gain practical skills and technical knowledge across a range of essential computing topics and build key transferable skills such as problem solving, research and teamwork. When you complete this course, you will have a strong academic foundation to build your career in whichever area of computer science you want to work in.

Methods of assessment

All assessments are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres. Instead you will submit written assignments through the VLE; and for the few courses where exams are required, University of Essex Online uses a virtual system which allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade which allows you to continually evaluate the success of your current study methods and identify areas to improve. University of Essex Online believes that this information helps you to make the most of your course. 

University of Essex Online achieves this by:

  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
  • rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser

Essex also has a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – is uses a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career destinations

There is a huge level of demand for computer science professionals and this course is designed to enable you to make a career change to this technical field. After completing your studies, you will be prepared to succeed in roles such as: Software Developer, Software Engineer, Web Developer, Requirements Analyst, Network Analyst, Information System Administrator and Project Manager. 

Programme Structure

Teaching methods and style

  • Essex Online is a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the art Virtual Learning Environment to deliver teaching, resources and assessments. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and listen to and view live lectures and seminars.
  • You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have opportunities to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, University of Essex Online caps the class sizes at 20 students. 
  • For the MSc Computer Science, there’s no need to download different software packages – all programming languages are included within the tuition fee and all work is carried out on an online development environment.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

University of Essex Online offers two flexible entry routes onto the MSc Computer Science, which consider your academic and work-based experience:

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirement, you must have either of the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree; or 
  • a relevant professional qualification

Work experience entry route

To apply for the work experience entry route, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least three years’ relevant work experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5611 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11222 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5611 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11222 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

The tuition fee includes all teaching materials and required reading, and there aren’t any hidden charges for assessments or resits.  


A range of scholarships are available subject to applicants meeting certain criteria.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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