Computing (2 years)

Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


The MSc in Computing is a two year postgraduate degree. The first year imparts the knowledge and skills needed to study the subject at masters level in the second.

This new degree is open to graduates coming from any discipline. They will start by learning the art of software engineering, study some key computing topics and develop relevant research and technical English skills that prepare them for advanced study of computer science in the following year.

At the end of Year 1 students may progress to Year 2 or graduate instead with a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and switch to a 1 year MSc we offer, such as: Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Human Robot Interaction, Network Security.

You can exit after 12 months with GradDip Computer Science.

Entry Requirements

Admission requires a good honours or ordinary degree of 3 years duration, numeracy and some prior ability at programming

This programme is designed for students with a non-Computer Science background who would benefit from a foundational year to help them to make a successful transition into Computing, and therefore students will only be recruited into Year 1 of this programme. There is no direct entry into Year 2 of this programme.

Start Date

September, January


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

24 months


School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences


Computer Science

SCQF Level



Career Area

Computing and ICT

Career Sectors

Computer Skills

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