MSc Computer Science: Informatique

Course Overview

This is a Dual Degree scheme between Swansea University and Université Grenoble Alpes for computer science.

Key Features

  • We are top in the UK for career prospects [Guardian University Guide 2018]
  • 5th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2018]7th  in the UK for student satisfaction with 98% [National Student Survey 2016]
  • We are in the UK Top 10 for teaching quality [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]
  • 12th in the UK overall and Top in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]
  • 92% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [HESA data 2014/15]
  • UK TOP 20 for Research Excellence [Research Excellence Framework 2014]
  • Our Project Fair allows students to present their work to local industry
  • Strong links with industry
  • £31m Computational Foundry for computer and mathematical sciences will provide the most up-to-date and high quality teaching facilities featuring world-leading experimental set-ups, devices and prototypes to accelerate innovation and ensure students will be ready for exciting and successful careers.  (From September 2018)
  • Top University in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CSCM13Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Critical Systems
CSCM18Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15IT-Security: Theory and Practice
CSCM27Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Visual Analytics
CSCM30Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Data Science Research Methods and Seminars
CSCM35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Big Data and Data Mining
CSCM37Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Data Visualization
CSCM39Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Human Computer Interaction
CSCM45Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Big Data and Machine Learning
CSCM48Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Web Application Development
CSCM58Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15High Performance Computing in C/C++
CSCM64Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Software Testing
CSCM67Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Graphics Processor Programming
CSCM68Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Embedded System Design
CSCM70Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Mathematical Skills for Data Scientists
CSCM75Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Logic in Computer Science
CSCM77Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
CSCM78Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20High-Performance Computing in C/C++
CSCM79Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Hardware and Devices
CSCM85Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Modelling and Verification Techniques
CSCM98Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Operating Systems and Architectures

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)


The M.Sc. Grenoble dual degree scheme is a two year programme that provides students with an opportunity to study in both Swansea, UK and Grenoble, France. One year of the programme students study at Swansea University and the second year of the programme students study at Université Grenoble Alpes. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive an M.Sc. in Advanced Computer Science from Swansea University and a Master from Université Grenoble Alpes.

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 in a computer science undergraduate degree (or equivalent).

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country: Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.

If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact

• The closing date for receipt of applications is the 10th July 2017. All applications will be considered after this date. For further information regarding this programme from the 11th July 2017 please contact the admissions office.

How To Apply

For UK applicants

For International applicants

For all EU/International enquiries please contact:

+44 (0)1792 295142

Applications to Swansea University are due July 10th. Applications should be approved by both institutions in a panel near the end of the month, and we endeavour to provide as quick of an answer as possible. We hope to respond before July 31st.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time TBC TBC

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs. Travel and national administration costs (visas) between the UK and France is not covered in these costs.

Students are required to pay Swansea tuition fees while in Swansea and Grenoble tuition fees when in Grenoble.

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact

Teaching and assessment

On the course you will be assessed by a combination of written examinations, coursework and a Dissertation.

Student profiles

“One of the main reasons I chose Swansea was because of the excellent reputation of the Computer Science Department which is ranked among the top 25 in the UK. The Lecturers in the
Department are excellent, and are equally very accessible to students. Many are actively involved in world class research. Their knowledge is shared with us in lectures.
I love Swansea. I have recently completed the MSc and intend to gain further experience in the software industry before pursuing a PhD at Swansea University. “

Manikanta Gudur - MSc in Advanced Computer Science Graduate

Read our student profiles


The Department is well equipped for teaching, and is continually upgrading its laboratories to ensure equipment is up-to-date – equipment is never more than three years old, and rarely more than two. Currently, students use three fully networked laboratories: one, running Windows; another running Linux; and a project laboratory, containing specialised equipment. These laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog among many; integrated programme development environments such as Visual Studio and Netbeans; the widely-used Microsoft Office package; web access tools; and many special purpose software tools including graphical rendering and image manipulation tools; expert system production tools; concurrent system modelling tools; World Wide Web authoring tools; and databases.

As part of our expansion, we are building the Computational Foundry on our Bay Campus for computer and mathematical sciences. This development is exciting news for Swansea Mathematics who are part of the vibrant and growing community of world-class research leaders drawn from computer and mathematical sciences.



All Computer Science courses will provide you the transferable skills and knowledge to help you take advantage of the excellent employment and career development prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry.

94% of our Postgraduate Taught Graduates were in professional level work or study [DLHE 14/15].

Some example job titles include:

  • Software Engineer: Motorola Solutions
  • Change Coordinator: Logica
  • Software Developer/Engineer: NS Technology
  • Workflow Developer: Irwin Mitchell
  • IT Developer: Crimsan Consultants
  • Consultant: Crimsan Consultants
  • Programmer: Evil Twin Artworks
  • Web Developer & Web Support: VSI Thinking
  • Software Developer: Wireless Innovations
  • Associate Business Application Analyst: CDC Software
  • Software Developer: OpenBet Technologies
  • Technical Support Consultant: Alterian
  • Programming: Rock It
  • Software Developer: BMJ Group

Find out more about employability


The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Swansea Computer Science ranked 11th in the UK for percentage of world-leading research, and 1st in Wales for research excellence. 40% of our submitted research assessed as world-leading quality (4*).

Fees and Funding

Details of postgraduate funding for UK/EU candidates can be found here:

Details of postgraduate funding for International candidates can be found here:

The Department

  • According to the 2018 Guardian University Guide, Computer Science at Swansea is 5th in the UK overall and 1st in Wales.
  • According to the 2017 Times Good University Guide , Computer Science at Swansea is 12th overall for Computer Science in the UK and 1st in Wales.
  • Ranked 11th in the UK for research and 1st in Wales. [ Research Excellence Framework ]
  • 80% of the research activity assessed as world-leading or internationally-excellent.
  • Our industrial programme IT Wales that arranges employment placements.
  • A university with high success rate, low drop-out rate, and excellent student support.
  • Whatuni University of the year 2014.