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MSc in Computer Science (Security and Distributed Computing)

University of Hull

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Hull Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

Modern devices often rely on data that is distributed across multiple computers, whether closely located or more distant. Developing software for such systems offers many benefits, but it also poses new challenges to be overcome, particularly in guaranteeing the security and robustness of the communication between devices.

The MSc at Hull is designed to enable you to overcome those challenges. It prepares you to exploit the extraordinary potential of distributed systems, both in terms of storage capacity and processing power, whilst being aware of the unique constraints and security problems they introduce. You will have access to cutting-edge equipment and facilities, and you will finish with a much greater understanding of how software development needs to adapt to the unique environment of a distributed system. These skills and knowledge are highly sought-after in an industry that is increasingly adopting new distributed technology, such as cloud-based solutions.

The course begins in September each year and lasts twelve months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester.

Studying Computer Science at Hull, you'll benefit from an excellent experience for students with a supportive community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the University, you can download the software free of charge.

What you'll study

The MSc Computer Science (Security and Distributed Computing) programme supports students with various levels of computing and programming practice experience, with material that supports the transition into the postgraduate environment. There is also suitable content on professional skills and the importance of ethics for practising computer scientists.

Our degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT. The BSc and MSc programmes fully meet the academic requirements for Chartered IT Professional and partial Chartered Engineer status, while our MEng programmes fully meet the academic requirements for both Chartered IT Professional and Chartered Engineer status. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Future prospects

The MSc Computer Science (Security and Distributed Computing) is designed to open up pathways to postgraduate research and careers in a wide range of areas within your discipline. The industrial placement option will enable you to practise your skills and knowledge of computer science ‘in situ’, giving you a useful insight and advantage when it comes to starting your career.

We have a range of inspirational extra-curricular activities including the Three Thing Game, Imagine Cup Worldwide Software Development Challenge, Really Useful Seminars and Global Game Jam. They are designed to boost your CV and employability, and taking part costs very little.

Our graduates typically gain roles such as applications developer, business systems analyst, computer analyst, computer programmer, computer operations manager, data management analyst, database assistant, developer support engineer, games programmer, games programmer (engine design), information manager, IT design, IT systems manager, IT technician, IT user support, mobile developer, operations director, software designer, software developer, software engineer, solutions developer, systems engineer, technical sales, technical specialist, web developer.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 17,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Hull

  • University League Table

    64th

  • Campus address

    University of Hull, Admissions Office, Cottingham Road, Hull, Kingston Upon Hull, HU6 7RX, England

International students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate degree could receive a tuition fee discount of up to £3,500 per year (terms apply).
Hull’s research takes on global issues – health inequalities, social injustice, climate change and more – to shape a fairer, brighter and carbon-neutral future.
At Hull, there are students from more than 100 countries from right across the world.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    43rd out of 110 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    133 56%

    49th

    17
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%

    44th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.80 76%

    85th

    4

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