If your first degree contained little or no technical experience, but you’re now looking to change direction or enhance your employability by developing your skills in this area, then this programme (commonly referred to as a ‘conversion course’) is for you. Graduates who are able to fully exploit the potential of computing and information systems by combining specialist technical skills with other knowledge and experience are highly sought after. Guided by academics with a wealth of industrial experience, this is an intensive MSc programme for highly motivated graduates of any discipline with little prior experience of computer science.
The industrial placement takes place towards the end of the first year for a maximum of 12 months. While it is your responsibility to secure a placement, the school will offer guidance and support in finding and securing the placement. If you are not able to secure a placement by the end of your second semester we will transfer you onto the 1 year FT taught programme without the Industrial Experience, this change would also be applied to any visa if you were here on a student visa.
The industrial placement consists of 8-12 months spent working with an appropriate employer in a role that relates directly to your field of study. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply the key technical knowledge and skills that you have learnt in your taught modules, and will enable you to gain a better understanding of your own abilities, aptitudes, attitudes and employment potential. The module is only open to students enrolled on a programme of study with integrated placement.
Our research-led approach
Your tuition will be delivered by field leading academics engaged in world class research projects in collaboration with industry, external institutions and research councils.
Our strong links with industry
- We have collaborations, partnerships, industrial placement schemes and public engagement programmes with a variety of organisations, including Vodafone, Google, IBM, BT, NASA, BBC and Microsoft
- Full-time MSc with Industrial Experience option available on our taught MSc programmes. You have the option to complete over two years, with a year of work experience in industry.
- Industrial projects scheme - To support industrial experience development, you can choose to carry out your final project in collaboration with an industrial partner.
MSc Computing and Information Systems (Conversion) is currently available for one-year full-time study, two years full-time study with industrial experience, or two years part-time study.
You will take four taught modules per semester followed by final examinations and the MSc research project (dissertation). The modules listed below provide some general guidance on what you may be expected to learn during each semester and year of this degree. The exact modules available may vary depending on staff availability, research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.
Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.
- Information Systems (Double Module) (30 credits)
- Databases (15 credits)
- Computer Programming (15 credits)
- Security and Authentication (15 credits)
- Interactive Systems Design (15 credits)
Select two options from:
- Mobile Services (15 credits)
- Bayesian Decision and Risk Analysis (15 credits)
- Cloud Computing (15 credits)
Select one options from:
- Business Technology Strategy (15 credits)
- Business Information Systems (15 credits)
(must take and pass)
- Project (60 credits)
(must take and pass)
- Industrial Placement Project
Please note that elective modules are subject to availability, timetabling constraints and may be subject to change.
We aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. We review our modules on a regular basis in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes.
You should have a good Honours degree (first or upper-second class honours) in a subject not related to Computer Science, or a degree with less than 50 per cent of the modules in computer science subjects.
For international students we require English language qualifications IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 92 (internet based).
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
Learning and teaching
Learning and teaching
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.
Teaching for modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. Each module provides 36 hours of contact time, supported by labs and directed further study.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations. You will also be assessed through an individual project.
You will also be assessed on a supervised 10,000-15,000-word dissertation.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2019/20 Academic Year
Thick Sandwich £9,900
Part-time study is not available for this course
Tuition fees for International students2019/20 Academic Year
Thick Sandwich £21,250
Part-time study is not available for this course
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Queen Mary's Computer Science postgraduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers, mostly within IT and information services.
The national 2011 destination survey confirmed that 80.9 per cent of postgraduates in this School were in employment and/or study six months after graduation with 89.5 per cent of these already working/studying at graduate level. Queen Mary graduates from this School also have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £26,110.
The broad range of skills gained through programmes in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled postgraduates to move into careers such as:
- Technical Analyst, Credit Suisse
- Interactive Systems Developer, Sky
- Software Developer, Accenture
- Analyst Technical Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- IT Contractor, FDM
- Computer Analyst, ITRS Group
- IT Developer, Qube Global Software
- Team Manager, Bromley-by-Bow Centre
- Computer Programmer, Rightmove
- Computer Consultant, Mac Experts Ltd
- Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence
Throughout the course, postgraduates have access to a careers programme to prepare them for applying for work after graduation. This programme includes workshops on job hunting and job applications as well as employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.
Recent careers events open to Computer Science postgraduates include the IT and Technology Fair, featuring Accenture, Babcock, BskyB, FactSet, Framestore, IBM, one-to-one sessions with Morgan Stanley, IBM and Accenture, IT company presentations, and Start Up Stand Up for those interested in working with technology start ups and SMEs.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the Queen Mary Careers pages.