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MSc Computer Science

Master Programme

MSc Computer Science

Part Time

With the skills gap in the technology industry continuing to widen, there is huge demand for skilled professionals in the computing industry. This MSc Computer Science programme, specifically designed for students from a non-computing background, examines the basics of computer science and software development, aiming to train students with necessary technical knowledge to tap into a career within the field. You will gain essential grounding and learn the current trends in the relevant landscape, while expanding your scopes with specialist modules in artificial intelligence.


Our Department of Computer Science is well established with a strong international reputation for research in artificial intelligence and algorithms. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 97% of our research as being world-leading or internationally excellent – the highest proportion for any computer science department in the UK. Through our Digital Innovation Facility, opening in 2021, we provide a stimulating, purpose-build environment for collaborative research in emerging digital technologies. 


You will learn from highly-regarded leading experts and passionate lecturers in a culture of research excellence - from software development to databases and information systems, to machine learning and web technology. 


The career prospects for our graduates reaches over 90% of the University of Liverpool's computer science graduates going onto well-paid jobs. You will access careers across this sector and the highly popular field of artificial intelligence, with job roles ranging from software engineer, machine learning practitioner, big data analyst, network administrator, database manager, IT consultant, AI developer, research scientist to information strategy manager.


Other online master's programmes are also available: 

Programme Excellence

  • Provide a comprehensive and holistic introduction to current trends in computer science, such as enterprise systems management, data protection and big data analytics, cyber security and so on 
  • Provide in-depth understanding of operation and usage, administration and maintenance of databases systems
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the legal frameworks in which machine learning operates
  • Provide a wide-ranging practical knowledge of an established machine learning workbench.
  • Practical online development: Access to state-of-the-art technologies and industry-standard solutions to refine your technical skills, available as cloud services, open-source software or commercials technology 
  • Global connection: After graduation, you will immediately join a global community of more than 258,000 alumni and establish life-long networks and access to a wide variety of career resources


Course Structure

  • Global Trends in Computer Science (15 credits) 
  • Software Development in Practice (15 credits) 
  • Databases and Information Systems (15 credits) 
  • Networks and Web Technology (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning in Practice (15 credits)
  • Multi-Agent Systems (15 credits)
  • Reasoning and Intelligent Systems (15 credits)
  • Research Methods in Computer Science (15 credits)
  • Computer Science Capstone Project (60 credits)


Duration: 30 months^
Programme Start: 14 Mar 2023


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^The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

Learning and assessments

Teaching methods
You will take part in innovative online teaching methods and a range of interesting and thought-provoking exercises. Core information is developed by subject-leading experts in the field and closely aligned with both industry and academic best practice, underpinned by rigorous theoretical and practical topics, examples and cases. During the study journey, students will learn through interactive individual activities, case studies, group tasks and discussion boards; these will be primarily asynchronous, but opportunities for synchronous interaction will be provided. 


Assessment method
Assessment is by coursework only – no examinations required. Instead, a diverse range of assessments are used throughout the programme designed to mirror circumstances that students may experience within a professional context. This ensures a range of opportunities are given to students in showing evidence of their learning, understanding that people may perform better in certain assessments than others.

Virtual learning environment (VLE)

Virtual learning environment (VLE) is at the centre of your online study experience. It is the platform where you can find your study timetable, view interactive lecturecasts, exchange knowledge with others in discussion forums, access resources and e-library and submit your assignments. You can learn on demand, study at any time, on any device, from anywhere with an internet connection. There is a study skills hub to help you improve and maintain your academic skills, from planning your assignments, understanding academic integrity and referencing, to using the online library and improving your time management.

Entry Requirement

  • A minimum of a 2:2 class degree in a suitable technical subject other than computer science or IT, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years’ experience in employment; or 
  • Professional work experience and/or other prior qualifications, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Fee and Funding

Full tuition fee: £15,300* 

This fee is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.


Full payment discount
If you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront, you will receive an extra 5% discount.

Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over duration of study

10% discount for Kaplan HK Alumni

If you have completed a course in Kaplan Hong Kong campus, you are eligible to enjoy a 10% discount.


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*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.


As one of Europe’s leading provider of advanced programmes and part of its global vision to offer world-class higher education online, the University of Liverpool is the premium choice that brings to the forefront a wealth of flexible career-focused postgraduate programmes tailored for working professionals around the globe.

Solid and sustainable partnership
Offering online programmes since 2000, the University of Liverpool has forged a robust partnership with Kaplan Open Learning, an experienced provider in online higher education learning with a track record of success, to host postgraduate degree programmes. With this venture, the University and Kaplan are dedicated to offering the highest quality programmes and maintaining quality assurance through which students worldwide will benefit from the flexibility of online delivery.

A member of the Russell Group
Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a member of the elite Russell Group of research-led universities in the UK and has been ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide. The broad range of online programmes on offer spans across professional disciplines from Management, Business, Computing, Psychology and Health, all with an international edge.

All-embracing support
Teaching is delivered through a state-of-the-art learning platform, allowing students full access to all resources, interactive study materials and a comprehensive eLibrary 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Students will also benefit from holistic academic support throughout the entire course from student advisers and subject tutors.

The original redbrick
All online degrees are awarded by the University of Liverpool with the same validity and credibility as an equivalent degree awarded to campus-students. Upon completion, online students will be invited to receive their degrees in a graduation ceremony at the University of Liverpool campus in the North West of England, and will join a global network of more than 219,000 alumni.