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MSc in Advanced Computing - Internet Technologies with Security

Awards Available MSc
Duration of programme One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available? Yes
Number of places Not fixed

Programme overview

Applications for this programme are now closed for 2014

The internet now pervades almost everyone's lives, and stories of cybersecurity flood the media. Employers, governments and society need a ready supply of talent at the interface between security and internet technologies. This degree equips you with a thorough grounding in modern cryptography (the key component technology underlying almost all computer security). You will also study aspects of security of practical systems, protocols and security standards.

The security component of the programme will be augmented by units in how networks of computers communicate and are put together into systems. You will be equipped for a wide variety of employment in the computing industry, and wider fields such as commerce and banking. The programme will also give you the knowledge and experience to continue studying for a PhD, or to enter a career in research.

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Entry requirements

An upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a Computer Science or related discipline.

For information on international equivalent qualifications, please see our International Office website.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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Programme structure

In the introductory week you will take a programming proficiency test and will be placed in either an 'experienced' stream or a 'foundation' stream.

First Semester

Students on both streams must complete four core units:

  • Systems Security
  • Cryptography A
  • Cloud Computing
  • Algorithmic and Economic Aspects of the Internet

Students on the foundation stream must complete one additional core unit:

  • Programming in C

and students on the experienced stream must complete two additional core units:

  • High-Performance Computing
  • Law and IT

Second Semester

Students on both streams must complete five core units:

  • Cryptography B
  • Research Skills
  • Applied Security
  • Weg Technologies
  • Server Software


You must complete a project that involves researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work. The project must contain a significant scientific or technical component and will usually involve a software development component. It is usually submitted in September.

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Get in touch

MSc in Advanced Computing (IS)
Graduate Education Team
University of Bristol
Merchant Venturers Building
Woodland Road

Postgraduate Engineering Virtual Open Day

Tel: +44 (0) 117 954 5130

International students

Open to international students? Yes

English-language requirements:

Profile E

For details of this Profile please see the University's English Language Requirements Policy, in addition to the standard entry requirements.

Find information for international students on eligibility, funding options and studying at Bristol.

Fees and funding

2014/15 fees

Full-time: UK/EU £7,700;
overseas £17,500
Part-time: UK/EU £3,850;
overseas n/a
Fees are quoted per annum and are subject to annual increase.

Funding options

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from the Student Funding Office.

Research Assessment Score

Unit of Assessment 23 applies. See Complete RAE listings for University of Bristol for further details.

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What happens after you apply to Bristol?

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