School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

MSc Computer Science (Conversion)

Improve your employment prospects and accelerate your career with our cutting-edge postgraduate qualification aimed specifically at non-computing graduates and experienced professionals. Equip yourself with the computational tools and skills required to address strategic problems in your area of expertise and make your move into the growing, international, high-value IT industry.

Key features

  • Structure: This programme will give you knowledge of computational problem solving, computer technology and software development with a focus on human-computer-interaction and usability as competitive factors. The programme includes a CS workshop module that guarantees that you will collaborate with experts from our world-leading research centres.
  • Resources: Benefit from easy access to cutting-edge specialist labs and next-generation software and hardware on a single-campus. You will benefit directly from facilities such as our NVIDIA sponsored GPU Research Centre and our High-Performance Computing Centre
  • Financial support: Plymouth University offers a range of general and merit-based postgraduate scholarships for local and international students including GREAT scholarships for students of Indian nationality. To be considered for one of these scholarships you must first hold a conditional offer of a place on a postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programme. 
  • Careers: A post-graduate qualification in computer science combined with a background in a non-computing field opens the door to a wide range of careers including Systems Analyst (start £20-25K, senior £40K+), Information Security or Multimedia Specialist (start £20-25K, senior £35-60K), Operational Researcher (start £20-28K, senior £40-100K+) and IT consultant (starting salary £20-30K, senior salary £40-80K) . With the recognised skill gap in the IT sector, currently, 85 per cent of computer science students find employment within six months of finishing their programme.
  • Lifestyle: Work hard and play hard in Britain’s Ocean City with its beautiful moors and beaches and its historical naval links. The City of Plymouth is located in the county of Devon, repeatedly selected as the best place to live in the UK. Find out more about life in Plymouth and the South West.

  • Quality: As one of UK’s ten largest universities, Plymouth combines the best of modern and traditional higher education, with friendly and approachable professors and a world-leading research profile in future-focused areas such as medicine, cognitive science, environmental science and robotics.  
“Staff are always willing to meet with you to discuss any issues, or if something is not understood, it is easy for us as students to approach the staff and ask for help.”

Comment from the UK Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015

“I worked at a world class facility in Plymouth University under a highly rated professor, Dr Bogdan Ghita, and it was nothing less than a dream come true.”

Suresh Vishnoi, international student at Plymouth University.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Semester 1 modules

    • Computational Problem Solving and Computer Systems
    • Software Development and Databases
    • Computer Networks and Cybersecurity
    Semester 2 modules
    • HCI, Web and Mobile Development
    • Software Project Management (including group project)
    • Computer Science Workshops

    Individual project

    • The taught element of the programme is followed by an individual project. 

    Core modules
    • AINT514 Computer Science Workshop

      Topics covered within this module are selected to be informative, inspirational and varied demonstrators showcasing the potential of computational methods and providing `hands-on' involvement with these in a lecture and practical setting. The topics will reflect the cutting edge of computer science through the research expertise and interests of academic staff.

    • ISAD515 Computational Problem Solving and Computer Systems

      This module introduces the students to different models of computation, and how they can be effectively applied to solve real-world problems in the student's area of expertise. The module introduces important factors in the operation of computer systems, enabling students to critically evaluate hardware and perform dimensioning estimations.

    • ISAD516 Software Project Management

      This module will provide students with knowledge and experience in software project management and with an opportunity to draw together many of the threads of the MSc Computer Science (Conversion) programme in preparation for their industrial placement and/or individual project. Students will work in teams to manage and complete a substantial project for a given scenario.

    • NET505 Computer Networks and Cybersecurity

      This module introduces the fundamental technologies of networks and the underlying concepts and protocols. Having established how networks operate, the module introduces the principles of cybersecurity applicable to the protection of individuals and organisations. Students will emerge with the knowledge and skills to evaluate how to best implement and protect IT systems and the data held by them.

    • PROJ516 MSc Project

      The student will complete a research or developmental project of their choosing (from a Project Catalogue ¿ or self-proposed), and communicate their motivation, methodology, and conclusions through a formal dissertation. The project will build on their area of previous expertise.

    • SOFT549 HCI, Web and Mobile Development

      This module enables students to create apps and services on mobile and web platforms. It allows the recognition of similarities and differences between designing and coding for the desktop and for mobile devices, in particular, how to conform to platform-specific user requirements and interface conventions. The module uses the platform's native development framework as well as server-side development frameworks.

    • SOFT562 Software Development and Databases

      This module will provide knowledge and skills in software development and database design. It will cover computational problem solving, abstraction and problem decomposition. The module will enable students to identify appropriate system requirements related to the relational model and to create advanced queries using SQL. The module will include structured programming and object oriented and event-based methodologies.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Computer Science Conversion Programme Specification September 2017 5765

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A first degree in a non-computing related discipline or equivalent industrial experience. The programme is not appropriate for students who qualify for post-graduate study on a specialist post-graduate computing programme.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is 6.5.

English language requirements

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,500 £9,500
International £14,000 £14,400
Part time (Home/EU) £550 £550
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Aiste now works as a Back End Developer.

Aiste Nekrasaite, former MSc Computer Science (Conversion) student:

"I come from a creative background and without doing the conversion course I wouldn't have discovered an industry that I feel passionate about.

I didn’t know what to expect initially, but what attracted me to the course was that in one year it covered a wide variety of subjects and gave the option to pursue a career within computer science in an area that interested you. This course provided me with enough knowledge to continue my journey into the tech industry and helped me develop skills that lead me to a full-time job as a developer.

I definitely would recommend this course to someone who wants to gain valuable skills that can be applied to a vast amount of industries. It is an always moving, always growing discipline and it is great to be a part of it."

Well-equipped specialist laboratories

The laboratories are equipped with specialist software including Oracle, Microsoft Visual Studio, Java, the Adobe Creative Suite and many other key products.

The main corporate operating system is Microsoft Windows, but many laboratories have dual boot systems into other operating systems such as Mac OS X.

Find out more about the specialist laboratories

Can this course help my career progression?

In a word, Yes. On completion, you will understand how computers can be used to solve problems of calculation, data gathering and analysis and communication. You will be able to manage software projects, work as part of a team of designers and developers, and be able to follow technological developments in computer systems advising on future technologies and strategic directions.

In addition to your studies you will have opportunity to gain valuable work experience with an optional year long industrial placement, starting at the end of the second semester.

Computer science will enable you to pursue a range of exciting careers across a range of industry sectors. Previous graduates work in a variety of organisations, from international companies including Microsoft and IBM, to national government organisations such as the Ministry of Defence or the Met Office, and local companies. A large number of our students also choose start their own companies, in particular in the areas of web and games development.

Research in the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

We produce world leading research in a range of areas including: security, communications and network research; robotics and neural systems; and signal processing and multimedia communications.

The HPC and Cuda centres provide researchers with the resources they need to answer complex questions in science, engineering and mathematics.

Meet some of your lecturers