Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Postgraduate questions answered
You can find the most common questions from students answered on this page.
If you have been made an offer to study with us and now wish to defer by a year, you need to email msc dot dcsadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk to request this. Please include your Warwick ID and reasons for requesting a deferral. These are considered on a case-by-case basis and approval is not guaranteed.
Second deferral requests are not considered.
If you have been made an offer and now decide you wish to be considered for another course offered by the Department of Computer Science, you will be required to request this by emailing msc dot dcsadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk, quoting your Warwick ID number and reasons for wanting to switch. Change of course offers is not guaranteed.
If you have started your course and then wish to switch, please speak to your personal tutor in the first instance.
We don't have specific MSc open days, but if you would like to visit please e-mail us at msc dot dcsadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk with details of your availability and which course you are interested in, and we'll do our best to arrange a convenient time for you to visit us.
The University offers Warwick Talk and Tours that are held regularly throughout the year, these offer a general overview of the University and a campus tour but are not department-specific. If you're interested in visiting campus for a wander, you can do this at any time, we are an open campus and maps can be obtained from Student Reception at Senate House.
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Candidates will normally be expected to have obtained a recognised English Language qualification if their first language is not English. IELTS is the most popular and we require an overall score of 6.5 with no component scores below 6.0 (Band A). For further information on English proficiency, including acceptable alternatives to IELTS and pre-sessional courses, please visit the University's English language requirements website.
Unfortunately not. Our Data Analytics MSc does have some optional modules that are approved and run by other departments, but there are no other external modules available outside of those listed on the course structure webpages.
Unfortunately not. Our MSc degrees are available only on a full-time basis.
The Department of Computer Science does not have any funding for incoming postgraduate taught students.
You can visit the University's Scholarship webpages for details of opportunities that you may be eligible to apply for.
Our courses are 12 months in length. We have one start date a year and this is at the start of the academic year in the autumn. You will be expected to be present during all three terms and will also continue working on your MSc dissertation during the summer months.
You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods; exams, coursework, presentations, and a dissertation. Exams take place in the summer term; usually in May and/or June with dissertations expected to be completed in September.
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, then you will need a CAS in order to obtain this. CAS numbers are issued approximately 3 months before the course start date and only to those who hold an unconditional offer. Therefore you must meet all offer conditions in order to receive a CAS.
Further details around CAS numbers and other useful information can be found on the study pages.
We normally require applicants to have at least a 1st or a high 2:i undergraduate degree in a related subject, such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, or another STEM subject where your programme features strong mathematical underpinnings as well as at least some foundational exposure to programming.
If you apply, we will consider your entire application to determine whether your academic background is suitable for entry onto our courses. Therefore, we are generally unable to comment on the suitability of a particular course ahead of receiving an application.
Please visit the University's degree equivalency pages for guidance on what your qualification is equivalent to.
If you require further guidance, please complete the relevant contact form with your details. A member of the University's International Team will respond to you.
We are sorry that your application was unsuccessful. Admissions to our MSc courses are very competitive and receive very large numbers of applications each year. Therefore, we are unable to provide individual feedback on why your application was rejected. Common reasons include not meeting the requirements outlined on our website or simply that other applications were stronger.
We require a copy of your degree transcript (or an interim copy if you are still studying), that shows modules taken and marks achieved. We also require a reference (an academic one from someone who taught you as part of your degree), or we can accept a professional one if you’ve been out of education for more than 2 years. A detailed and engaging personal statement should also be included with your application and this should clearly outline your reasons for applying to our course along with an up-to-date CV.
Our courses last 12 months and terms are 10 weeks long. Terms 1 and 2 covers all taught modules. You'll start planning your dissertation in term 2 and term 3 and into the summer vacation will be dedicated to researching and writing your dissertation.
Confirmation of **forthcoming** course structures is sent out to those joining the department in September ahead of the start of the academic year.
The deadline for applying is 31 July, although we reserve the right to close our courses before this date if they become full. This allows enough time for those requiring a visa to obtain one before the start of the academic year. Home or EU applicants may still apply after this date, providing there are still spaces available (and they have no visa restrictions). We would however encourage early applications where possible.
We review all applications in detail with respect to their own merits and in light of the overall quality of applications we receive for entry in a given academic year. Admissions to our MSc courses are very competitive and receive very large numbers of applications each year. While a few applications may receive a decision relatively quickly, there will be a wait for most applications. You will hear from us once we have made a decision.
If you have been made an offer elsewhere that requires you to accept it by a specific deadline or require an outcome on your application for the purpose of a scholarship application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the relevant deadlines.
I still have questions, who can I contact?
If you have any questions that relate to the application form, application assessment fee, English language requirements, your offer and conditions attached to it, or the issuing of CAS numbers, please contact the University's Postgraduate Admissions Service using the following details.
pgteam1 at warwick dot ac dot uk
+44 (0)24 7652 4585
If you have any queries about the Department of Computer Science, our degree programmes or anything specific to our courses then please contact us directly using these details:
msc dot dcsadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk
+44 (0)24 7615 0825