Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Computer Science is a broad and ever-expanding discipline, providing ample scope for students seeking to carry out original scientific research. Study Computer Science by Research at Royal Holloway, University of London and you?ll select from one of six research disciplines in order to take your first steps towards a scientific research-based career.

You?ll study in a department renowned for the quality of its research publications, with the Royal Holloway Department of Computer Science ranked 11th in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014). You?ll specialise in one of six research areas as you work towards your own unique individual project, studying under the guidance of an expert in your chosen field.

Strong graduates with a Computer Science background and students with professional experience will gain advanced, research-specific skills and academic knowledge to take forward into further study or their graduate careers. You?ll become a part of a lively research culture and a highly supportive staff network. The Royal Holloway Department of Computer Science benefits from close proximity to the M4 corridor ? also known as ?England?s Silicon Valley? ? providing students with excellent networking, placement and collaboration opportunities. Follow your passion for Computer Science and graduate with a bright future in research.

You?ll gain valuable research skills and broaden your academic knowledge, making you a strong candidate for PhD study as well as an attractive prospect for employers in a variety of fields. Our recent alumni have gone on to enjoy rewarding careers in organisations such as British Aerospace, Microsoft, Amazon, and American Express. Strong industry ties help to provide placement and networking opportunities with some of the country?s leading institutions. Our on-site Careers and Employability Service will provide you with support and careers guidance throughout your studies.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £4,345 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £4,345 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,000 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £2,173 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £2,173 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £7,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 2:1 in Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, or other subjects that include a strong element of both mathematics and computing. Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects. Please note that this is not a taught degree programme. Applicants for Computer Science (MSc by Research) should use the Application for a Postgraduate Research Programme form, not the form for Taught Masters programmes.
  • International entry requirements: Students will require: IELTS: 6.5 overall. No subscore lower than 5.5; Pearson Test of English: 61 overall (Writing 54). No subscore lower than 51; Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.