Postgraduate taught

We offer a portfolio of Master courses designed to address the globally increasing commercial demand for specific IT skills.


Our Master courses are tailored to suit students with different educational backgrounds, including fresh graduates and those who have been working in the industry.

Our programmes equip students with specialist subject knowledge and skills and are further linked with strong research activities of our department.

Graduates of our Master programmes become highly demanded professionals on the job market and are working in a many different branches of the IT industry worldwide.

Offered MSc courses

Currently the Department of Computer Science accepts applications to the following MSc programmes.

International courses

The University of Surrey has signed off agreements with a number of partner universities to run joint 4+1 MSc programmes which give a special discount (10% or 15%) on the tuition fee part of which is used to enhance academic staff exchange between the Department of Computer Science and the partner universities. If you apply from one of our partner universities, please follow the instructions below to send your application in order to receive the tuition fee discount. To see a list of all our partner universities and local contacts, see our International Collaboration page.

  • Submit your application as usual using the link of the corresponding MSc programme shown above.
  • Notify the Department's MSc Admissions Tutor by email that you have applied through the 4+1 agreement between your university and the University of Surrey, mentioning the Application Number you received after completing the application form and the full name of your university.
  • You will need to pay the deposit and the first instalment in October in full as usual. The 10% or 15% tuition fee reduction will be deducted from your second instalment.

MSc dissertations

In order to obtain the MSc degree students will need to submit an MSc dissertation by the end of their study. Each student will be allocated a supervisor from the Department of Computer Science based on the interests of the student. Students can select topics of their MSc dissertations in consultation with their supervisors. MSc dissertations in the Department of Computer Science are typically research-oriented, influenced by the current research activities of the department, and have a mixture of practical and theoretical components.


Our MSc Information Security programme has been provisionally certified by the GCHQ in 2014 and a full certification is expected in 2016 after the first cohort graduate. Surrey is among the first six UK universities which got their cyber security MSc programmes certified.


The Department offers a number of prizes to our current postgraduate students, sponsored by the Department's industrial partners.


The IDBS Project Prize

Awarded for the best dissertation by a student on the MSc Information Systems programme.

Graduation ID Business Solutions Ltd £150

Please note that prizes are reviewed annually, and may change from time to time.