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MSc in Computer Science

The MSc in Computer Science at Oxford has been designed to teach a range of advanced topics and a carefully selected core of foundational subjects to graduates of computer science and other numerate disciplines. The course aims are given here.

As an advanced Master's degree, we accept entrants to the course whose background will have a strong mathematical element, and who have also undertaken programming tasks, and wish to find out more about the ideas and principles. Experienced programmers in industry and commerce will be motivated by the need for formal methods to overcome the problems of unreliable and inadequate software, or may wish to extend their understanding by studying new programming and development paradigms. Recent graduates in Computer Science will want to learn more about specialised topics that are taught on the course, or develop an improved understanding of the underlying mathematics of computing. Graduates in Mathematics, Science and Engineering will want to apply their training in the context of a rigorous application of the fundamental techniques of Computer Science.

Applications are considered at both deadlines. However if you wish to apply for scholarships you will need to submit by the January deadline at the latest.

DeepMind Scholarships

During the 2019/20 academic year, four DeepMind Computer Science Scholarships will be awarded to students wishing to pursue a Master’s degree in Oxford’s Department of Computer Science. They are open to individuals who are ordinarily resident in the UK and who belong to one or more of the following groups: identifying as female, BME, or from households with traditionally low progression to higher education. The scholarship programme will play a key role in enabling Oxford to widen participation in the subject at graduate level. There is no separate application process for this scholarship: to be considered, please submit your application for graduate study by the January deadline for the course. If you fulfil the eligibility criteria, you will be automatically considered for these scholarships. Selection is expected to take place by the end of April 2019. Please see the Standard scholarship selection terms for more information about the application and selection process.



MODE OF STUDY: Full-time.

INTENDED FOR: Graduates in Computer Science, as well as graduates in other numerate disciplines who have some training or experience in programming or have been employed professionally in a related industry.

LENGTH OF COURSE: 12 months, October– September. Full-time. (This course is not offered part-time or via distance learning.)


NUMBER OF APPLICANTS: 519 per year (averaged over last three years, 2016-18)

DEADLINES: 12 noon (midday), UK time, on: Friday 10 January 2020 and Tuesday 3 March 2020

Lucy Traves
MSc Course Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)1865 273817