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Liverpool – 27 April 2018 – The University of Liverpool is offering two new, fully online computer science programmes to meet the growing demand of the global digital industry. The MSc in Advanced Computer Science and the redesigned MSc in Software Engineering* offer working professionals a competitive advantage in developing and advancing their careers towards more senior and managerial positions in the technology and computer science fields.

“The digital domain is moving at a rapid pace and disrupting the way industries across the globe conduct business. These new online master’s programmes are a direct response to this change and further bolster the University of Liverpool’s reputation for delivering innovative online programmes to today’s working professionals,” said Professor Frans Coenen, Director of Studies for the University’s online computer science programmes. “Focusing on the latest advancements, trends and issues in computer science will prepare students to better address the challenges and opportunities of our time.”

Students on the online programmes will have the ability to study, work and develop solutions in a bespoke cloud environment that mirrors a real-world computer science or IT work environment. This educational platform will allow them to work on different software platforms and conduct simulations as they complete practical tasks to support their professional development, including the creation of a cloud-based portfolio of their work.

The new programmes are:

  • The MSc in Advanced Computer Science is designed to give working professionals sought-after skills to apply algorithms and intelligent systems in some of the most contemporary fields of computer science, such as big data analytics and security. The programme gives students the opportunity to update their computing subject knowledge by exploring new techniques (such as deep learning and fuzzy reasoning) designed to provide intelligent computer solutions to modern-day commercial problems.
  • The MSc in Software Engineering is a completely redesigned programme. It is aimed at providing students with advanced technical knowledge that will enhance their career potential within the software engineering sector of the IT industry so that they can play a leading role in the construction of complex commercial software systems. The programme will cover current issues at the forefront of programme development while also focusing on the theory, practice and techniques of software engineering. Students will showcase their advanced skills in creating high-quality solutions to software engineering problems by working on industry-driven projects throughout the duration of the programme.

These new fully online programmes add to a portfolio of online degrees including master’s degrees in Information Systems Management, Cyber Security and Big Data Analytics, as well as postgraduate awards and certificates, offered online by the University’s Department of Computer Science. A UK leader for research excellence, the department offers a suite of 100% online programmes that empower working IT professionals around the world to develop their IT capabilities and consequently enhance their careers. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 97% of the department’s research as world-leading or internationally excellent, the highest proportion of any Computer Science department in the UK.

Designed for working professionals, the University of Liverpool’s fully online learning model enables students to earn an advanced academic degree without interrupting their career – from wherever they are based in the world. Students enjoy an engaging, global and highly collaborative learning experience that provides them with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to achieve their goals and to enhance their immediate professional impact.

For more information about the University of Liverpool’s online programmes, visit

About the University of Liverpool Online Programmes
The University of Liverpool ranks in the top 200 of universities worldwide, as listed in the International Handbook of Universities, published by the International Association of Universities (2014), and is a member of the UK’s Russell Group of research-led universities. Students from more than 160 countries are studying for postgraduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees online with the University of Liverpool. These programmes are provided in partnership with online learning expert, Laureate Online Education. For more information about Laureate, visit

*The University of Liverpool Online previously offered a programme with the same name. However, all aspects of the programme have been redesigned in this new offering, including the learning model, content, delivery and outcomes.

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