School of Computing

Taught Master's course formats

Each of our taught MSc courses is available in several formats to accommodate students from different backgrounds and to provide maximum flexibility.

Format Entry requirement Mode of study Duration
Full-time Honours degree full-time 12 months
Part-time Honours degree part-time 3 years
Full-time with an industrial placement Honours degree full-time 14-24 months

Full-time

MSc courses are suitable for graduates with a good Honours degree or an equivalent qualification (more about entry requirements).

  • During the Autumn and Spring terms, full-time students attend campus from Monday to Friday inclusive.
  • The timetable typically involves 10 - 15 hours of lectures and classes per week with the remainder set aside for private study, coursework, project work, etc.
  • Teaching may be scheduled any time between 09:00 and 18:00, but we try to avoid 09:00 starts.
  • Wednesday afternoons are normally left free for sports and other recreational activities.
Year Period Activity Duration (weeks)
1 Welcome week (late September) Introduction and orientation for new students 1
Autumn term Taught modules 12
Winter vacation Break 3 - 4
Spring term Taught modules continue and project research begins 12
Spring vacation Break, exam revision 3 - 4
Summer term Examinations followed by short break 5
Remainder of summer Project continues until mid September 14 approx

 

2 Industrial placement (optional) Practical work experience (paid) 8 - 50

See general terms for progression requirements

 

Part-time

Standard part-time MSc courses are suitable for graduates with a good Honours degree or an equivalent qualification (more about entry requirements).

  • Please note that timetabling and scheduling constraints may have an impact on the choice of optional modules available to part-time students.
  • Applications for part-time study are considered on an individual basis. Admission will depend on whether the student's availability is compatible with the timetable.
  • Industrial placements are not generally available for part-time students. However, if a part-time student is able to undertake a full-time placement they can transfer to the full-time course for this purpose after they have completed the taught modules and project.
Year Period Activity Duration (weeks)
1 Welcome week (late September) Introduction and orientation for new students 1
Autumn term 50% of full-time course 12
Winter vacation Break 3 - 4
Spring term 50% of full-time course 12
Spring vacation Break, exam revision 3 - 4
Summer term Examinations on modules taken so far 6
Summer vacation Break 15 approx

 

2 Autumn term 50% of full-time course 12
Winter vacation Break 3 - 4
Spring term 50% of full-time course including MSc project research 12
Spring vacation Break, exam revision 3 - 4
Summer term Examinations followed by short break 5
Remainder of summer MSc project continues 14 approx

 

3 Autumn-Spring MSc project continues 28 approx

 

School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 12/04/2016