Computer Science including International Year MSci


Fact file - 2018 entry

Computer Science including International Year | MSci Hons
UCAS code
4 years full-time
A level offer
AAA (AAB if A levels include computing/computer science)
Required subjects
5 GCSEs at grade 5 including maths
IB score
34-32 (5 in maths at Standard/Higher Level or GCSE maths at grade 5) 
Course location
Jubilee Campus, study abroad options
Course places
approximately 115 places for all places in the school except BSc Data Science


This four-year course provides the broad, in-depth computer science training, with the added dimension of an international study year at one of our partner universities, currently Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, or New Zealand.
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All our courses are compliant with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). You will learn about current computing practice that can be applied immediately after graduation, foundational aspects of computing that will be of lasting value as technology changes over time, and research-level topics that will play an important role in future developments.

Study abroad

Students will study abroad during their third year– see below for details.

Year one 

In your first year you will study: Programming and Algorithms; Computer Fundamentals; Systems and Architecture; Mathematics for Computer Scientists; Database and Interfaces; Software Engineering; Programming Paradigms; and Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence.

Year two

In your second year you will study: Software Engineering Group Project; Algorithm Correctness and Efficiency; Topics in Computer Science; Operating Systems Distributed/Parallel; Languages and Representations; Human Computer Interaction; Software Quality: and Artificial Intelligence Methods, plus up to two optional modules.

Year three 

Students progressing into year three of the G406 degree study an approved computer science programme at one of our partner universities, currently Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, or New Zealand. Lecture courses, laboratory classes and project work will allow you to benefit from the unique opportunities for study abroad and to gain a global perspective on computer science. Upon your return to Nottingham, you will follow year four of G404.

Year four 

In your final year you will undertake an individual or group project. The rest of your course will be made up from up to eight optional modules.


Entry requirements

A levels: AAA (AAB if A levels include computing/computer science)

(Please note, A level ICT or IT do not qualify for the lower entry requirements)

Required subjects: 5 GCSEs at grade 5 including maths

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications 

For details see the alternative qualifications page 

A foundation year is available for all our courses

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.  


MSci Computer Science including International Year is closely aligned with the MSci Computer Science degree. Please see the module list for MSci Computer Science for a flavour of the modules available.

The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.



You will graduate with: an understanding of computers and computer science; specialised knowledge of the theoretical foundations of computer science and other selected topics within the discipline; experience in a variety of techniques needed to solve problems encountered in the discipline; and an understanding of the professional, legal and ethical aspects of the discipline. The MSci will allow you to engage with the cutting-edge research in computer science.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 94% of first-degree graduates in the School of Computer Science who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,574 with the highest being £42,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  


Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

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How to use the data

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.


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