Computer Science with Integrated Master's - MCOMP

Accelerate your career in computer science by gaining the advanced practical, technical and research skills to solve real-world problems and develop the systems of the future. Our four-year Integrated Master's is ideal for those wishing to pursue a research career or gain a competitive edge in the graduate employment market.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Integrated Master's

UCAS code

  • G402

Duration of study

  • 4 years / 5 years with international or placement year

Why study Computer Science with Integrated Master's at Keele University?

Accredited by the British Computer Society - The Chartered Institute for IT
Gain advanced research skills to enter specialist roles in the computing industry or pursue further study such as a PhD
All necessary mathematics knowledge is provided within relevant modules
Gain first-hand experience in industry with our Placement Year option
Access a wide range of equipment including supercomputer facilities, a VR lab and a Maker Space
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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Jonah, Computer Science graduate

"Keele's School of Computer Science and Mathematics helped me turn a freshly discovered interest in computing into a full-fledged passion for all things Computer Science. My course had the perfect combination of compelling subject matter and insightful lecturers which resulted in a genuine excitement for each tutorial, lecture & workshop. During my placement year, Keele supported me in my 15-month software engineering internship with IBM - a true industry leader - that then evolved into full-time employment following my final year of study."

Jonah, Computer Science graduate

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this section is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course Content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

The Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the MComp Computer Science with Integrated Master's. For example, Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming will introduce you to the key principles of computer science and programming, while Advancing Programming will allow you to hone these skills in an individual project, all of which will be useful in your degree and professional career. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. In addition to meeting the Foundation Year progression requirements, students must also meet all credit requirements in each year of their studies to be awarded a Master’s Degree.

You will develop new, flexible and abstract ways of thinking, which will enable you to use logic to solve problem-based activities. You will be introduced to key principles such as Boolean algebra, error control coding and the development of the modern computer, while also beginning to develop your skills in using high-level programming languages. In addition to subject-specific modules, you will complete a skills module, which will underpin your ability to communicate data and information accurately. Semester Two continues to build on your understanding of these techniques. Your programming skills will be further developed, while exploring new principles such as working for clients and designing interfaces.

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course Structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester One Modules

FYO-00211 Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists 15 credits
FYO-00221 Foundations of Computational Theory and Programming 30 credits
FYO-00187 Academic Skills for Computer Scientists and Mathematicians 15 credits

Semester Two Modules

FYO-00233 Advancing Applied Maths and Computing - Making Decisions 15 credits
FYO-00225 Advancing Programming 15 credits
FYO-00235 Advancing Applied Maths and Computing - Logic, Codes & Cryptography 15 credits
FYO-00227 Advancing Computing: Client-Led Collaborative Design 15 credits

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points or from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

How to Apply 

Applicants will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation Year (UCAS code GV01) through UCAS at www.ucas.com

Direct Entry Students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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