MSc Computer Science

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Extend your computer science expertise by developing industry-level skills in designing and implementing IT solutions for clients worldwide. Take a work placement and gain valuable industry experience with our Masters degree in Cambridge.

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Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Why Computer Science at ARU?

  • Study in the Silicon Fen, home to Apple, Microsoft, Samsung AI and many more – the perfect opportunity to connect with top employers.
  • Cover topics related to end-to-end web solutions development and AI through a unique combination of theoretical and practical-based sessions.
  • Engage with real-world projects throughout your assessments, set and driven by companies in our network.
  • Course content responds to the high demand for experts in web development, data management and analysis and AI engineers.
  • Gain professional experience through securing industry placement or through the on-campus industry-led projects to boost your knowledge and improve your employability prospects.

Our MSc in Computer Science covers all aspects of technologies and user environments, giving you the industry-level skills to create and manage IT solutions.

Study on our Cambridge campus and gain practical experience in our advanced computing laboratories. You’ll learn to create web applications, develop Artificial Intelligence models and the advantages of using ontologies. Before starting the course, we strongly recommend that you have working knowledge of database and programming, in languages such as Java, C# or Python.

As well as our 13 and 20 month full-time course options, there’s also the option to study with us for two years and gain valuable experience in Year 2, with a choice of professional experience modules. Through this, you’ll gain valuable employability skills as you apply your knowledge in a real-life industry setting.

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Industry-standard facilities

As part of your Computer Science Masters degree at ARU, you’ll have access to top-of-the-range equipment including:

  • a Cisco lab with hands-on routing and switching equipment
  • a virtual Netlab offering 24/7 remote access to Cisco equipment
  • Microsoft Imagine Premium’s professional developer and designer tools
  • VMWare IT Academy’s virtualisation software and tools
  • mobile devices for testing and developing mobile applications.
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Outstanding student support

All our postgraduate students benefit from:

  • award-winning learning facilities
  • expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • full use of our IT and library facilities, with library resources accessible 24/7 online
  • support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


Our MSc Computer Science graduates move into a wide range of IT roles in industry. In addition to specialist and technical roles, you’ll be equipped to work in management/project delivery including as a software developer or engineer, IT consultant or project manager, IT support manager, technical consultant, security engineer, front end web developer, data scientist, data analyst, Microsoft solutions architect, and application developer.

You’re also in a perfect position to move into a teaching career in secondary and further education.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Computer Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

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