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100% online MSc Computer Science

Apply by: 20 August 2024
To begin: 3 September 2024
  • 180 credits
  • 2 years part-time
Stand out from the crowd in a high-demand field. Study an immersive online MSc Computer Science degree from a university with leading teaching and research ratings, and superb student satisfaction scores.

This is Keele:

  • 100% online MSc within 24 months
  • Sought after programming and web languages taught, including Python, Javascript, XML, R and Matlab
  • Internationally recognised expertise in computational neuroscience, evolutionary systems, machine learning and AI, software and systems engineering
  • 80% of research ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’*
  • £7,440 total fees with option to pay per module
  • Keele alumni discount available
  • *Latest Research Excellence Framework, 2021

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A flexible online Master’s designed to develop the computer scientists of the future

The online MSc Computer Science degree from Keele University has been specifically created to develop the knowledge and skills to excel in a computer science career. The programme is ideal for ambitious individuals who want to launch an exciting new career in this fast-growing field, who have not previously studied computer science or have prior work experience in the field, as well as those professionals who currently work in computer science roles and are looking for an academic qualification to accelerate their career progression.

This postgraduate course equips you for careers ranging from roles as software developers and engineers, programming analysts, computer systems, operating systems, and web developers through to IT consultant and management roles, amongst others.

A sought after qualification from a university recognised for academic excellence

The academics in the Computer Science and Mathematics Department are world-leading experts in their fields and are involved in cutting-edge research, with 80% of the university’s research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally important’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework. The department regularly wins and is awarded funding from the leading UK research funding agencies, ESPRC and BSRC, as well as prestigious funding bodies such as the Leverhulme Trust.

A tailored online learning experience from leaders for student satisfaction

You will learn in a leading-edge online learning environment, where you will collaborate with and learn from peers, engaging with fellow postgraduate students on discussion groups via online forums. You will be designated a dedicated Keele Student Success Coordinator, who will provide you with all of the support you need from the moment you enrol to the moment you graduate.

Our credentials of putting students at the heart of everything we do and of delivering excellent student experience are supported by our consistent top 3 rankings for student satisfaction and course satisfaction in the National Student Survey as well as in other surveys and rankings including the Guardian rankings (2019) and the PTES survey (2019).

What you will learn

Postgraduate study of this course will develop and extend the practical skills you need for designing, building, deploying and evaluating software and computer applications in a variety of industrial contexts. You will learn programming and web languages including Python, Java and XML, will work with mobile web applications and will learn to develop modern software systems and applications.

A career-led programme designed for professionals in a dynamic world of work

Delivered entirely online and with a flexible course design, the MSc Computer Science can be studied from anywhere in the world and around work and family commitments, meaning you can continue to work full-time to earn and progress in your role whilst you study. With six starts a year, you’re not tied to the traditional academic year and can begin within weeks.

The course is industry-led and benefits from the collaborative projects of the department of Computer Science and Mathematics department with industry partners, such as the ‘Knowledge Transfer Partnership’, with Bentley Motors Ltd.

Entry requirements for home and international students

You should normally have, or be about to complete:

  • A 2:2 undergraduate degree or a UK master’s degree (or international equivalent).


  • A third-class honours degree or an ordinary degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience.


  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant computing, IT or data management experience. The evidence will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The work experience must be at a graduate level, in either managerial or professional capacity normally in computing, IT or data-related employment which may include development, management or significant responsibility in use of IT or data.

If you earned your undergraduate degree outside the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:2.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS at 6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5
  • TOEFL overall minimum 79
  • PTE Academic overall minimum 50
  • Cambridge (CAE & CPE) overall 169 with minimum scores of 162 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • Duolingo with 95 overall including minimum 85 in each element
  • A degree qualification taught in English and completed within the last two years

Technical requirements

As these programmes are delivered 100% online, you will be required to have access to a desktop computer or laptop of which you have administrative rights which allows you to install software as required. To ensure you can engage with the programmes easily, we would highly recommend utilising a Windows, Mac, or Linux device. Access to Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel) is required (and is included at no extra cost to Keele Students), in addition to the ability to open pdf files via programs such as Acrobat.  

 Canvas LMS Browser and Computer Requirements 

Some modules have additional technical and software requirements which include but are not limited to the following: 

Design and Programming

Anaconda – accessed here 

Web technologies

XAMPP – accessed here 

Statistical Data Analytics and Databases

WEKA – accessed here  

Programme Start dates

Next start date: 3 September 2024
Documents deadline: 27 August 2024
Application deadline: 20 August 2024


Total MSc fees: £7,440
Per 15-credit module fee: £620

If you are based in the UK or the EU, you may be eligible for a government postgraduate loan to cover the full course fees.

Keele alumni discount: if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at Keele, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction, reducing total fees payable to £6,696.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £620.


Top 10 for Student Experience (Times Good University Guide, 2020)
Award - Britain's best university, as ranked by students (StudentCrowd University Awards, 2022)
80% of research 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework, 2021)
96% Graduate Employability (HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

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