Our MSc in Computer Science by Research involves an extended (one-year) individual research project carried out as part of one of our established research groups, combined with selected taught modules.
This programme is suitable for outstanding students who have an interest in advanced research-based study in one of our research specialisms: Computer Vision; Cognitive Science; Risk and Information Management (RIM); Computer Science Theory; Game AI; and Computational Creativitiy. The expectation is that every graduate from the degree will publish at least one conference paper as part of their research. It will give you solid theoretical and practical research competence in your chosen field of study and will enhance your employability. Successful completion of the programme may also provide a route to further study at doctoral level or for a research position in industry.
This programme will:
- Give you a basis for further study.
- Allow you to specialise in an area of your choosing.
- Give you a free choice from all the modules available, which are suitable to your project.
Why study your MSc in Computer Science at Queen Mary?
Our research-led approach
Your tuition will be delivered by field leading academics engaged in world class research projects in collaboration with industry, external institutions and research councils.
Our strong links with industry
- We have collaborations, partnerships, industrial placement schemes and public engagement programmes with a variety of organisations, including Vodafone, Google, IBM, BT, NASA, BBC and Microsoft
MSc Computer Science by Research is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time.
You will join one of our research groups, taking four selected taught modules and completing an extended research project. You will have the opportunity to develop further research and technical skills and to be able to demonstrate a level of independence that is greater than developed on a purely taught programme.
Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.
Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.
Important note regarding Part Time Study
We regret that, due to complex timetabling constraints, we are not able to guarantee that lectures and labs for part time students will be limited to two days per week and we do not currently support any evening classes. If you have specific enquiries about the timetabling of part time courses, please contact the Postgraduate Course Administrator.
- Research Project
This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH11-01-01. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.
You should possess a good honours degree (minimum upper second class) in a relevant subject. In your application you should identify the relevant research group. Offers are subject to the agreement of a suitable research proposal.
For international students we require English language qualifications IELTS 6.5, TOEFL score of 92 (internet based).
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
Places on this programme are limited. We will give equal consideration to all applications received by May 1st 2019. We may still accept applications received after this date, but will not be able to offer a place if the programme is full.
Learning and teaching
Learning and teaching environment
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.
Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. Each module provides 36 hours of contact time, supported by lab work and directed further study.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations. You will also be assessed through an individual project.
The MSc research project will be conducted under close supervision throughout the academic year, and is evaluated by thesis, presentation and viva examination.
Our outstanding resources
- We offer our students use of their own high- specification computing and research labs, hostings over 350 state-of-the-art computers for exclusive use by our students.
- Our spectrum of research areas is supported by a range of specialist research labs offering cutting edge tools and technology including our augmented human interaction (AHI) laboratory combining pioneering technologies of full-body and multi-person motion capture, virtual and augmented reality systems and advanced aural and visual display technologies. We also have specialist laboratories in multimedia; telecommunication networks; and antenna measurement.
Have a look around by visiting our facilities pages for further information.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £10,350
Part time £5,175
Tuition fees for International students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £21,250
Part time £10,625
Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.
This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Queen Mary's Computer Science postgraduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers, mostly within IT and information services.
- £37,166 – is average salary of our postgraduates on completing their course
- 400+ employees and training organisations visited the campus last year
- 325+ students placed into 45 local charities under our award-winning QProjects scheme (Guardian employability initiative of the year 2014)
The broad range of skills gained through programmes in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled postgraduates to move into careers such as:
- Technical Analyst, Credit Suisse
- Interactive Systems Developer, Sky
- Software Developer, Accenture
- Analyst Technical Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- IT Contractor, FDM
- Computer Analyst, ITRS Group
- IT Developer, Qube Global Software
- Team Manager, Bromley-by-Bow Centre
- Computer Programmer, Rightmove
- Computer Consultant, Mac Experts Ltd
- Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence
Throughout the course, postgraduates have access to a careers programme to prepare them for applying for work after graduation. This programme includes workshops on job hunting and job applications as well as employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.
Recent careers events open to Computer Science postgraduates include the IT and Technology Fair, featuring Accenture, Babcock, BskyB, FactSet, Framestore, IBM, one-to-one sessions with Morgan Stanley, IBM and Accenture, IT company presentations, and Start Up Stand Up for those interested in working with technology start ups and SMEs.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the Queen Mary Careers pages.