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Shape the digital future with our specialist postgraduate Computer Science (MSc) courses

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Entry Requirement

A 2:2 undergraduate qualification in any subject (or relevant work experience)


2 years



Course summary

Our online Masters programme will help you develop the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills you need to stand out in computing. You have two specialist pathways to choose from: Data Analytics or Artificial Intelligence. Explore programming web languages, data modelling and analytics, secure web development and more.

You’ll be taught by academics from a university which is part of the UK government’s £40m Institute of Coding for growing digital skills. You’ll learn how to use sought-after programming web languages and software, including Python, Javascript, Microsoft Azure, Oracle SQL Plus, Pandas and Python 3.

Our course is 100% online, meaning you can choose when and where you study. You can gain a Masters in around two years, part time, or take longer if needed. Plus, you can also pay your fees in module-by-module instalments.

Distance Learning at Northumbria

Which pathway is right for me?

Data Analytics Pathway

Grow your knowledge to harness the power of data. On this pathway, you’ll hone your specialist data skillset, exploring machine learning methods, database technologies, data visualisation techniques, and statistical knowledge to draw insight from real business data.

Modules 2023/24*

  • Object Orientated Programming (20 Credits)
  • Data Modelling and Analytics (20 Credits)
  • Secure Web Development (20 Credits)
  • Big Data & Cloud Computing (20 Credits)
  • AI and Digital Technology (20 Credits)
  • Statistics & Business Intelligence (20 Credits)
  • Research Project (60 Credits)

Artificial Intelligence Pathway

Gain the skills you need to build a smarter future. You’ll explore machine learning techniques, intelligent user interfaces, problem formulation and solving, and more to work with powerful systems that have the potential to change the way we live forever.

Modules 2023/24*

  • Object Orientated Programming (20 Credits)
  • Data Modelling and Analytics (20 Credits)
  • Secure Web Development (20 Credits)
  • AI Studio (20 credits)
  • AI and Digital Technology (20 Credits)
  • Intelligent User Interfaces (20 Credits)
  • Research Project (60 Credits)

What will I study?

No matter which path you choose, you’ll begin your postgraduate studies by building practical computing skills. You’ll then choose your specialism.

Whether you select Data Analytics or Artificial Intelligence, at the end of the course, you’ll have grown your research, project management and problem-solving skills through an independent dissertation project on a topic of your choice.


The form of your assessments will vary between modules but all of them will be submitted online. There will be no need to come to campus.

Entry Requirements

2:2 honours degree (minimum) or an international equivalent in any discipline

International applicants may be required to show an English language qualification, such as IELTS.

If you don’t meet these academic requirements, but can demonstrate extensive, relevant professional experience in a related field, you may still be eligible. Enquire to learn more.

Course Fees

£9,960* for UK, EU and International students.

You will be able to spread the cost of your fees over the duration of the course, paying in module-by-module instalments.

*Please note, fees and modules are reviewed annually and may change in subsequent academic years.


Career Switchers

You have no previous experience or qualifications in digital marketing, however you may have a Bachelor’s degree in a subject which has transferable skills.

You’re interested in the agile and progressive digital marketing space and are looking to gain the skills needed to create winning digital strategies and thrive in a digital marketing role.

Career Enhancers

You have some marketing experience and limited practical knowledge, and are looking to take your career to the next level.

You may work in a junior marketing post and are keen to progress in the industry (i.e. Marketing Exec, Intern, Account Exec, Account Manager) and have a keen interest in digital marketing.

Data Divers

You generate data every day in your current role. You’re looking to understand more about how AI, machine learning and data analytics could supercharge your organisation’s commercial success.