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University of Sunderland

100% online MSc Computer Science

Gain the skills to succeed in a computer science career. Study an online MSc with a university rated 5-star for teaching and with internationally excellent research

MSc Computer Science with Data Science
Apply By 20 August 2024
To Start 3 September 2024
  • 180 credits
  • Complete within 12 months
  • £6,983 total fees
  • Internationally Excellent Research

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online MSc within 12 months
  2. 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
  3. Learn programming languages including Python, R, CISCO and Oracle
  4. Top 50 UK University**
  5. 70% of university research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’***
  6. £6,983 total fees, option to pay £582 per module
*QS World University Rankings 2023
**Guardian University Guide 2024
***Research Excellence Framework 2021

An online master's that equips individuals from different backgrounds for career success in computer science

The 100% online MSc Computer Science from the University of Sunderland has been designed for ambitious individuals who aren’t from a computer science background and who want to launch a new career in computer science or want to incorporate computer science expertise and knowledge into their current field as a means of accelerating their employability and career progression. This online computer science master’s is also open to professionals who work in computer science roles and want to gain an academic qualification to enhance their credentials and career prospects. Studying the postgraduate course, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to effectively specify, design, implement and support IT systems in the real world.

Benefit from the national recognition of excellence teaching and research

A key reason for choosing to study a computer science master’s at the University of Sunderland is the University’s nationally recognised excellence in teaching and research. The University of Sunderland received the Silver award in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the ‘very high quality’ of the teaching and learning (TEF 2023).

We have been ranked internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023, the highest rating that can be awarded to a university. A special recognition of our practical focus on developing the skills that enable career progression for our students all over the world.

What will you study?

Studying the online MSc Computer Science, you will gain practical skills in areas including networking, databases, programming, and web design and development. Through our taught modules, you will develop fundamental knowledge in cyber security, data science and machine learning, essential assets in today’s computer science and IT employment market. You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of current cutting-edge research and technical developments in the field, as well as the chance to develop computing solutions to real-world problems.

You will also learn programming languages including Python, R, CISCO and Oracle.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:

  • Computer science principles and practice
  • Computer architectures
  • Web design and development
  • Data science
  • Machine learning and data mining
  • Secure database system development
  • Cybersecurity
  • Networking
  • Software engineering

Flexible study from anywhere, entirely online

If you have work or family commitments, this master’s course can be the perfect fit for your lifestyle. Because of its flexible design, it can be studied at any time, with the learning material accessed on demand, at times that are convenient for you.

If you opt to study part-time, you can complete the programme within 24 months, continue working and earn whilst you learn, avoiding a study break. If you opt to study full-time, you can complete the programme within 12 months and start progressing towards your career goals sooner.

With six start dates a year, you’re not restricted to the traditional academic year and can begin postgraduate study within weeks.

Once enrolled, you will join a community of peers in an interactive online learning environment that features discussion boards, forums and group learning activities. You will learn with professionals based all over the world and will be presented with a unique opportunity to greatly expand your global professional network.

The high level of quality academic support that you will receive is exemplified by the allocation of a dedicated Student Success Coordinator, who will proactively offer you targeted support throughout your studies, from enrolment through to graduation.

A University with global ambitions and a fast growing global presence

There is a high percentage of international students at University of Sunderland, and we have students studying by distance learning around the world. Sunderland is also one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and is 7th in the UK for social inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024).

This reflects the global outlook, culture and capabilities of the University. With campuses in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London, and many global partnerships including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam, our approach is focused on encouraging diverse learner cohorts where students can interact with and learn from fellow students and professionals from different backgrounds. We firmly believe that this provides a far richer and more meaningful learning experience.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
  • At least a UK 2.2 undergraduate degree
  • 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 organisational experience

    The work experience must be at a graduate level, in either a managerial or professional capacity which may include voluntary work, placements, internships, or project management


Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee

If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.

In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction on our postgraduate programmes.

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 £582.