Computer Science MSc

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Computer Science MSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 5,095 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 8,952

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Computer Science is a booming field, and one where employers in almost every industry and economic sector demand more skilled graduates every year. Demand is even higher at the MSc level than it is for undergraduate new hires, and UBC’s program is particularly well respected by employers. All that means that you’ll have a huge advantage when it comes time to search for your first few roles in the field, whether at a leadership level or as a technical specialist. 

    The University of British Columbia’s Computer Science MSc program focuses on both practical and theoretical skills. This gives you the flexibility you’ll need to take advantage of the most sought-after opportunities and the most rewarding roles.   

    You’ll learn in the classroom, but also in the lab, participating in some of the most advanced computer science research in the country as well as designing and conducting your own research projects. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 2 years of full time study.

    It can follow one of two equally weighted degree pathways. One is thesis-based, and will see you conducting a substantial amount of research. The other is project-based, and will have as a deliverable a live project designed to answer real world business or industrial demands. Either pathway could see you exploring any or all of the disciplines three ‘clusters’, those of Optimisation, Data Science or General Computer Science. 

    For the thesis-based pathway, you’ll prepare, present and then defend a research proposal before beginning your actual thesis work. This pathway requires you to take 18 credits of module-based coursework, and awards a further 12 credits of you successfully deliver your thesis. 

    Likewise, project-based students can expect to prepare, implement and then report on the outcomes of an appropriate project. It is more coursework-heavy, devoting 24 credits to coursework modules and a further six to the final project. 

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of British Columbia’s MSc program in Computer Science is very much dedicated to self-driven learning and research or experimentation. As such, you can select your own learning methods based on the following topics:

    • Social networking
    • Optimization
    • Modelling
    • Human-computer interaction
    • Experimental design and analysis 
    • Decision support systems
    • Databases
    • Data science
    • Computational mathematics
    • Computer science education
    • Computational statistics
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Algorithm design and analysis

    Career Possibilities

    An MSc degree in Computer Science could prepare you to take on a PhD program or to take a role in consultation, education, industry or government.  

    Recent graduates have taken on roles as Helpdesk Specialists, Health Information Analysts, Firmware Designers, Desktop Publishers, Database Analysts, Data Scientists, Customer Support Representatives, Programmers, Computer Science Technicians, Computer Project Managers, 

    Games Designers, Network Operators, Bio-Informatics Technicians, Application Developers and 

    Application Analysts, among many other jobs.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 2 year MSc degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a BSc in Computer Science or a related field. Great weight will be given to the GPA earned by your third and fourth years.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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