The MSc in Computing and Information Technology is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Computer Science. The course consists of two semesters of taught components followed by an 11-week project leading to the submission of a 15,000-word dissertation in August.
- The course is designed to be flexible to allow students the freedom to pursue their own interests within computer science.
- The course introduces students to programming skills in a modern software development environment.
- Students undertake a significant project, including a wide-ranging investigation, leading to their dissertation, which enables them to consolidate and extend their specialist knowledge and critical thinking.
- Students have 24-hour access to modern computing laboratories, provisioned with dual-screen PC workstations and group-working facilities.
After the first semester, students may switch to the more general MSc in Information Technology
, in which programming modules are not required.
The taught portion of the MSc programme includes eight modules: three compulsory and five optional from a wide range available. Teaching methods include:
- practical classes.
Class sizes typically range from 10 to 50 students. Most modules are assessed through practical coursework exercises and examinations.
All students will be required to complete a Post Entry Language Assessment (PELA) on arrival at the University of St Andrews. Based on their performance in this assessment, students will be advised to attend targeted support sessions during the year to improve language and academic skills. This assessment is required, but will not count towards the final degree classification.
You will also be assigned an advisor who meets with you at the start of the year to discuss module choices and is available to assist with any academic difficulties during the year. A designated member of staff provides close supervision for the MSc project and dissertation.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.