Direct entry to second year Computer Science MSci (Hons) 2020 entry

It is possible for students applying for the Computer Science MSci single Integrated Masters degree to enter directly into the second year of study, meaning you will complete your degree in only four years instead of five.

This option is offered to students with excellent Advanced Higher, A-Level or International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Students who enter directly to second year will take modules required by the Computer Science MSci programme from second year on, with the exception that they will take an accelerated version of the Foundations of Computation module. It includes necessary background material from core first-year modules, as well as the same content as the Foundations of Computation module.

Direct entry students will have the opportunity to study abroad during their second year of study.

To find out more information, or to discuss the possibility of direct entry to second year, please contact the School of Computer Science or email  


School of Computer Science
University of St Andrews
Jack Cole Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9SX

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3253

For questions about the admissions process, please email For any other questions, please contact

School of Computer Science website

UCAS code


Course type

Master of Science (Integrated Masters degree)

Course duration

Four years full time

  • Start date: 7 September 2020
  • End date: 30 June 2024

Entry requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.

    • Advanced Highers: A in Mathematics and B in one other science from the following:
      • Biology (or Human Biology)
      • Chemistry
      • Computing Science 
      • Geography
      • Physics 
      • Psychology.
    • Highers: AAAAB 
    • AAA, including Mathematics and one other subject from the following:
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Computer Science 
      • Further Mathematics 
      • Geography 
      • Geology 
      • Physics 
      • Psychology.
    • 39 (HL 6,6,6) including HL6 in Mathematics and SL5 in one of the following:
      • Biology 
      • Chemistry
      • Computer Science 
      • Geography
      • Geology 
      • Physics
      • Psychology.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

Applicants should have some experience in computer programming and may be asked to demonstrate this. Please contact the School of Computer Science by emailing for more information.

Faculty entry requirements

You must also meet the Faculty of Science minimum qualifications. These vary depending on which qualifications you hold.

Other qualifications

Passes in other examinations at equivalent levels and subjects may be accepted by the Dean of the Faculty. More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.

Find out more about Faculty of Science entry requirements.


St Andrews students meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.