Our MSc Computing Degree is a conversion programme that requires no previous academic experience in the field of computing.
January start: 17 months (full-time), 2 years (part-time)
September start: 1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)
Please add an additional year if undertaking placement module upon completion of core programme.
Number of credits:
MSc: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits
PGCert: 60 credits
Specific entry requirements
Degree qualification 2:2 or above. Degrees in non-computing fields are welcomed.
You will need access to a computer throughout the course.
University of Roehampton London is ranked top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (PTES 2022)
Why this course
Train to become a socially responsible IT practitioner, contributing to the evolving technology sector.
Gain an MSc in Computing with no previous experience in the field.
Work on projects from anywhere using a cloud platform.
Study in labs in the brand-new state-of-the-art media centre on campus.
Course and Module Details
Rapid developments in technology have resulted in a wealth of opportunity across all sectors and industries for people who are qualified in multiple areas of computing.
Our MSc Computing Degree is a conversion programme that requires no previous academic experience in the field of computing, making it the ideal course if you want to change career or develop a new set of skills to complement your existing experience and move a wider range of exciting roles in computing and IT.
The course focuses on core computing skills such as software development, databases and cyber security, helping you to become a competent and fluent computing professional. You will learn key programming skills across languages and platforms, as well as how to provide data solutions and secure systems. You will become familiar with cyber security, exploring the lifecycles, legal frameworks and tools of the computer science professional, including legal, social and ethical concerns of computer security such as hacking and its ethical standpoint.
You will learn about developing software and working with data and build your fluency in Python, and also be provided with the opportunity to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (EH) through the EC-Council.
You will complete your degree with a project that will explore a topic of your choice, producing a product and a supporting report. The project will fit one of the following four types; student defined, research based, industry defined or social enterprise. You will be able to work with academic staff across the University, not just within Computing.
Your teaching time at the University takes the form of labs, workshops and tutorials. These are supported by videos that introduce the key concepts which students should watch weekly before class. This provides students with a more tailored experience, with plenty of face-to-face contact time. Industry standard IT resources are hosted in the cloud to allow you to work on projects and assignments from anywhere.
Students enrolling on this course in January will be taught in the Spring Term (January - May), with no teaching in the Summer Term (May – September). You will then continue studies in the Autumn Term (September - January) and complete your MSc Project in the following Spring Term (January - May). You will have the option to complete an industrial placement on this course which can be undertaken as a 3-month module during the Summer Term (May – September) or as a year-long module upon the completion of your MSc Project.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
This course offers you the chance to undertake one optional placement module upon completion of the core programme. You may undertake a year-long (CMP020P300) or a three month (CMP020P055) industrial placement.
The Placement module is taken by students in year two once they have completed the core programme of the course. Students beginning in January will have the option to undertake their placement during the Summer term when there is no teaching activity.
Placement modules recognise the importance of professional experience for pursuing bespoke careers and so provide MSc students with the opportunity to apply learned concepts and toolkits into practice of their fields of specialism.
You will learn on-the-job, highlight improvements in an organisation’s practices and contribute to chosen business projects. The placement can either be full-time or part-time to a minimum of 3 working days (21-24 hours).
The placement will be ideally tailored to your interests and aspiration but will ultimately meet the needs of employers. Roles may vary, but the emphasis should be on securing a placement within promising growth areas of your discipline. You should seek employment that will apply and develop existing and new skills within the workplace.
Placement Preparation Workshops will introduce you to the soft skills, the pitch and research skills needed to recruit and systematically prepare for a bespoke placement in a leading business organisation.
Tuition fees and funding
January 2023 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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2022/23 academic year funding
September 2023 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
2023/24 entry funding
January 2022 intake
Students will normally be in on Monday and Tuesday.
When you graduate you will move into a wide range of careers, including entry roles in the IT industry, from government and public sector to large IT organisations and media. Roles could include programmer, web developer, software developer and data scientist.
How to apply
You can now apply for any programme for any entry point in 2023.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
- Check our application deadlines
- View our entry requirements for postgraduate programmes
- View our general entry criteria and application FAQs below
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.
- See our Finance pages for more details
Postgraduate application process FAQs
How do I apply?
To apply, you need to complete our online application form.
Do I need to complete all of my online application at once?
No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.
What are the entry criteria and fees?
We have general entry requirements for postgraduate courses. Many of our courses also have specific entry requirements. You can find details of these, and the fees for individual courses, on our postgraduate course pages.
What is the deadline for postgraduate applications?
If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
Does Roehampton offer financial support for postgraduates?
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
You can find more information on our postgraduate home and postgraduate international financial support pages. There are also other sources of external funding for international students available.
Do you offer student accommodation for postgraduates?
Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.
Find out more on our accommodation pages.
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