Computer Science at Oxford
From MSc in Computer Science at Oxford
The course is a full-time course and lasts twelve months. It starts at the beginning of Michaelmas Term (October), with a week of introduction to the facilities and tools available in the Department of Computer Science. This includes practical work to help gain familiarity with basic facilities.
The academic year is split into three terms of eight weeks but work on the MSc course continues throughout the year and is not restricted just to term time. Once accepted on to the course you should consult with the Department of Computer Science before booking any holiday or other commitments.
Course structure for MSc in Computer Science
During the first term (Michaelmas Term), you will chooses from a group of modules on various programming methods, paradigms and languages. You are expected to make choices which extend your range of skills and understanding of computers, programming, and the mathematical concepts essential for a scientific approach to software engineering. In the second and third terms (Hilary and Trinity Terms), you will choose from a group of more specialized modules. It is recommended that you take no more than four topics in any one term, due to the work load.
Most modules will last for one term and will be between 16-24 lectures per term. In addition to this all modules will have tutorials and some may also have practical sessions associated with them. Some are delivered more intensively - requiring full time participation for a single week; these courses are frequently held outside normal term time. A list of modules can be found below, however please note that it may not be possible to offer all these modules every year.
Taught modules for MSc in Computer Science
The project and dissertation contribute about half the total effort during the year. You can select a project from a list of proposals which is usually circulated in the first term, or you can suggest your own for approval. Preliminary work will normally start at the beginning of the second term (Hilary Term) but by no later than the end of the Easter vacation. Work on the project culminates with the writing of a dissertation.
Research project for MSc in Computer Science