Advanced Computer Studies

Advanced Computer Studies MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £6,300
Home cost per credit: £35
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

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Course type



Computer Science

Study mode

Full Time

About your course

Enhance your career prospects with this Masters in Advanced Computer Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Carry out an extensive postgraduate research project and benefit from international academic collaborations on this course.

  • Complete this masters degree in one year full time
  • Delivered by academics active in research
  • £6 million state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities
  • Flexible programme structure allows you to tailor your studies to enhance your career
  • Opportunity to carry out a novel research project in an area of your choice
  • Excellent career prospects in areas such as application development, project management, IT management and further study for PhD

This programme will enable you to tailor your studies. The modular and flexible approach is ideal for those who want to combine the topics associated with any two of the other programmes in the portfolio.

The opportunity to engage in research and development during my MSc studies was interesting and very motivational. It allowed the development of skills which I have come to rely on in my career as an researcher/academic.

Rob Hegarty, Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Introduction to the School

In an increasingly technological world, there are great challenges and opportunities for professionals with advanced qualifications in computing.

The Department of Computer Science will help you prepare for the career of your choice by providing you with a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level, including taught masters and research programmes (MPhil/PhD).

Subject specialists

You will be taught and supervised by subject specialists, in a vibrant and supportive environment. 

Classroom and lab-based activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work, offer a varied and diverse range of experiences as you prepare for the career of your choice. You will also be encouraged to attend Departmental seminars and locally held conferences, participating in the research culture of our area.

Internationally-recognised expertise

94% of research from our area, submitted to the REF 2014, is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.

We aim to promote and advance internationally leading research in a number of important areas including critical infrastructure protection, computer security, networked appliances, computer games, software engineering, neural computing and statistics.

These areas have great economic and social impacts, and involve many emerging research challenges requiring significant and long-term research efforts.

Nationally renowned research

Our research is conducted via centres, labs and groups led by experts with international reputations, including Professor Madjid Merabti in networking, Professor Paolo Lisboa in neural computing, Professor Abdennour El Rhalibi in computer games, and Professor Qi Shi in cyber security.

We are proud of our growing research reputation and have a long-standing history of working with local, regional and national industries through student placement, research, consultancy, short course activity and Teaching Company Schemes. We also have a number of collaborative partnerships both locally and internationally.

Our Research Centre for Critical Infrastructure Computer Technology and Protection – PROTECT –  brings together researchers across a number of areas, including computer networks, network security, computer games technology and software engineering, to address emerging research challenges to the protection of critical infrastructure systems.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Our Masters courses provide a leading-edge, flexible and relevant academic education. Our practical training produces highly sought after experts capable of thriving in today's highly evolving business world and in academia.

We offer flexible delivery of our courses, taught and supervised by subject specialists, in a vibrant and supportive environment. Classroom and Lab based activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work, offer a varied and diverse range of experiences that make for an exciting time preparing for the career of your choice.

You will also be encouraged to attend Department seminars and locally held conferences, participating in the research culture of our area. As well as access to University-wide IT facilities, staff and students are provided with up-to-date specialist computing facilities within the Department.

The Department has nine specialist teaching laboratories comprising over 400 workstations, which are overseen by a team of 10 technical staff. The laboratories contain Linux Workstations / Unix facilities, IBM PC compatible machines and multimedia equipment.

All computer laboratories are fitted with air conditioning, ergonomic seating and category 2 lighting. Our computing facilities represent state-of-the-art design technology for a modern computing environment.

Programme outline and structure

Our Masters degree in Advanced Computer Studies offers you the opportunity to create a bespoke programme that meets your specific requirements by combining option modules from two specialised programmes offered by LJMU's School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

If you want to develop a combined expertise in Computer Forensics and Computer Security, or Software Engineering with Computer Science, or any combination of the above, you will find this course an excellent route towards your career goals. This flexible course aims to provide you with a fuller , systematic understanding of current and developing computer systems and technologies in selected areas and help you to:

  • explore the issues surrounding computer systems in Industrial contexts
  • development expertise and interest in areas which are relevant to your work
  • become an advanced autonomous learner
  • develop a comprehensive understanding, critical awareness and ability to conduct evaluation of current research issues
  • work with originality in applying analytical, creative, problem solving and research skills

Learning how to apply a range of tools and techniques and developing a clear understanding of how to effectively and creatively manage computer systems on this course will put you in an excellent career position when you graduate.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 7
  • Research Methods 
  • Project Dissertation 
  • Advanced Software Engineering Concepts     
  • Real-time Systems 
  • Software Engineering Development Workshop 
  • Usability Engineering 
  • Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Research Topics in Computer Science
  • Computation Theory
  • Information and Social Networks
  • Software Development with Java
  • Computer Forensics
  • Computer Systems Technology
  • Management of E-business
  • Computer Security
  • Database Design and Technology
  • Advanced topics in Network Security
  • Advanced topics in Computer Forensics
  • Network Forensics
  • Computer Networks

A major component of the course is the project module. This is an extensive piece of research work in an applications domain relevant to your academic or professional interests.

Your project is expected to have a strong research component and in many cases may form the basis of further academic research.

    Further guidance on modules

    The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers. 

    Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

    Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

    How will I be assessed?

    You’ll gain core knowledge and understanding on this course via lectures, tutorials, practicals, coursework, projects, seminars

    Assessment methods for knowledge and understanding are course work and examinations including laboratory work, reports, project work and presentations.

    Staff research interests

    The Department of Computer Science is a vibrant and dynamic centre for academic research. It offers you a stimulating working environment, and excellent student support and supervision.

    Staff and students widely disseminate their research findings through participation at key international research gatherings and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

    The Department is proud of its growing research base and reputation. These are achieved through advanced research, increasing research income and long-standing history of national and international collaborations with other academic institutions and industries for quality research output generation and application development.

    Research in Computing includes areas such as:

    • Network and Information Security
    • Critical Infrastructure Protection
    • Networked Appliances
    • Computer Games
    • Distributed and Autonomic Software Engineering
    • Applied Computing

    Research in Neural Computation involves topics such as:

    • Computer-based Decision Support for Clinical Medicine
    • Public Health Analytics
    • Sports Analytics
    • Computational Marketing

    Entry requirements (Home)

    Degree in Computing or a Computing-related subject, including subjects with a significant core of computing


    Degree equivalent professional qualifications


    DipHE or HND plus a minimum of 3 years relevant professional experience

    Non-UK applicants: minimum IELTS 6.0. Applicants who have achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.


    LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website. For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

    Will I be interviewed?



    6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)



    Is RPL accepted on this programme?


    Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

    Financial support

    Tuition fees

    All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

    Sources of funding

    Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

    Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

    Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-

    Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

    The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

    The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

    LJMU Alumni Award

    Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).

    Postgraduate International Scholarships

    LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

    English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

    A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

    Earn While You Learn

    Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

    LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

    Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

    Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

    Employer sponsorship

    Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

    Support for disabled students

    Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

    Council tax exemption

    All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

    Graduate employment

    Advanced Computer Studies offers more than an education in your chosen specialist subject. It also enhances your transferable skills, such as IT, problem solving, report writing, giving presentations and working in teams. These skills allow you to operate effectively in an ever changing world of work and are highly regarded by employers.

    Graduating from this course is excellent preparation for applying for roles including:

    • Application Developer (selected areas)
    • Project Manager
    • IT Manager
    • PhD student

    International Study

    International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

    Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

    Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

    Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


    LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

    These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

    You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

    Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

    • new international applicants
    • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
    • LJMU international alumni

    The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
    Further guidance on programme changes

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