Key information

Of course, you’ll have lots of questions about the course. Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to call us or send an email.

The course starts in January, April and September.

Our online computer science courses will take between two years, three months (minimum) and five years (maximum) to complete.

We recommend approximately 12–15 hours of study per week.

Tailored to fit your lifestyle, our online computer science degree is perfectly suited to students with full-time work commitments and/or family obligations. Online study offers multiple ways to interact with the curriculum, all designed to suit your schedule.

Tuition fees are paid per unit at £722* per 10 credits. Fees are paid in instalments corresponding to the course units. To qualify for an MSc you will require a total of 180 credits.

Computer science is the backbone of many different industries, making it a skill well worth learning. This computer science course will help you develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for careers in IT consultancy, software development, banking and education. It also opens up opportunities for further study. Find out more about career opportunities.

Students are assessed through a variety of methods, including essays, reports, group work, case studies and presentations. In some cases relevant work experience can be included as curriculum credit. Find out more about the course curriculum.

To enrol on our computer science degree course, the following criteria apply:

  • You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent
  • To apply for this course you may have an undergraduate degree in any subject, but you must demonstrate evidence of relevant quantitative skills (especially algebra and calculus) either through your degree study or by alternative means
  • We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree
  • If English is not your first language, you will be required to show that your first degree was principally taught and assessed in English
  • Alternatively, you have passed the IELTS academic test with a grade of no less than 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 in all of the four parts (reading, listening, writing and speaking). If you completed your degree in the UK within the last 2 years, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

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Our MSc courses are flexible and designed to fit around your lifestyle and work commitments.

The course gives you a broad overview of computer science, with opportunities to specialise in a number of different research areas. You'll study in a research-led department within a supportive postgraduate community. With our strong links to industry here and abroad, you'll be exposed to the latest ideas and technology.

In addition to our faculty of highly acclaimed teaching staff, we have links to a wide range of companies worldwide, which means we are in a great position to open doors for our students.

The course is 100% online, so there is no need to visit campus at any point during your studies. You can attend campus, if you wish, for instance if you want to use the library, but it’s not a requirement.

Our online environment features regular interaction with your lecturers and fellow students to give it that classroom feel. To help you connect with the content, the environment includes video content, case studies and a library of digital resources. Though our online courses allow you to study at a time and place that suits you, we do ask that you complete your assignments against a set schedule.

Find out more about studying online at Bath

The units are 8 weeks in duration, and run consecutively. Over the year, there are some short breaks between units for key holidays.

  • Autumn term: September to December
    Christmas break
  • Spring term: January to April
    Easter break
  • Summer term: May to August
    Summer break

* Valid up to and including September 2020 intake. Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students. You should budget for an increase of up to 5% each year for every further year of study; we will not increase your fees each year by more than this percentage