MSc Computing

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Choose from a wide variety of optional modules to design a course that best suits your needs and career direction.

  • Napier code:

    56737MM

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    1 year, or 18 months for January start

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

By taking a Masters degree in Computing, you will be able to further your undergraduate computing studies or work experience in the areas of your particular interest.

As well as building on your existing computer skills and taking them to the next level, you will learn to develop a critical understanding and an analytical approach to your choice of specialist areas.


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For example, you may choose software development or information systems, and focus on the skills involved, while a theme such as security and forensics would obviously comprise different areas of study.

This course is studied full-time over three trimesters or part-time. It requires an intensive period of study, involving lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study. While classes for each module may account for only three or four hours a week, you'll be expected to commit at least 13 hours per week per module.

As a full-time student you'll take three modules per trimester, for the first two trimesters. This course is also available part-time, with one or two modules studied per trimester.

Whichever direction you choose, you will end the course equipped with the expertise needed to take you further in your career.

Subjects include

  • Advanced applications programming
  • Advanced software development
  • Computer penetration testing
  • Computer systems
  • Database systems
  • Design dialogues
  • Emergent computing for optimisation
  • Enterprise computing
  • Enterprise information systems with SAP
  • e-Security; group project
  • Host-based forensics
  • Information systems engineering
  • Interaction design
  • Management of software projects
  • Network security
  • Network technology
  • Programming for the web
  • Routing technology
  • Security audit and compliance
  • Software development 1 & 2
  • Switching technology
  • Web Design and development
  • Web-enabled business; MSc dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Thanks to its content, and the high demand for well-qualified graduates in computing, this course can open doors to a wide range of careers.

With previous work experience in the field, you can take advantage of the increased opportunities for advancement that your new skills offer.

You could pursue a new role in your specialist area, or take on a research, education or training role.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

  • English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Modules that you will study as part of this course*

Masters Dissertation ( SOC11101 )

The work for this module comprises the completion of an individual research project. Each student is assigned a personal Supervisor, and an Internal Examiner who monitors progress and feedback, inputs advice, examines the dissertation and takes the lead at the viva. There are three preliminary deliverables prior to the submission of the final dissertation: (1) Project proposal (2) Initial Report including time plan and dissertation outline

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

School of Computing courses