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The MSc Computer Science programme provides graduates
from a Computer Science or related field with a broader
knowledge of the discipline and develops a range of skills
that are highly sought after by employers. Participants
will be taught some of the more modern developments within
the field and a more in-depth knowledge of one specialized
area within the subject.
It is an excellent basis for a successful international
career in the field of computer sciences. The programme
allows you to specialise in the two most important areas
of computer science today:
Or a student may choose to do a mix of both areas, allowing
for a unique MSc programme that reflects their interests and
that adequately prepares him for the thesis project in the
second year of the MSc programme.
What does our Course cover?
Our MSc course provides an advanced study of selected key
topics of current and future commercial relevance. Further
details can be found later in the prospectus.
Please note that Computer Science should not be confused
with Information Technology (IT). The term ‘IT’
describes the use of computer technology where as Computer
Science describes its development. For example, an IT course
might teach you how to use commercial software applications
and how to manage a computer network, whereas a Computer Science
course would teach you how to develop such applications and
how networks work.
Entry into the programme is open to all persons with an honours
degree with a major in Computer Science from The University
of the West Indies, or a recognised institution (as determined
by the School for Graduate Studies & Research [SGSR]).
Students are expected to have completed courses in Information
Structures & Algorithms, Discrete Mathematics and Operating
Systems or equivalent courses.
Having completed this, MSc participants can engage in the
development of computer technology, applications unique in
industry or in a research career, either in the industrial
or academic sector.
Many graduates may choose to pursue a technical career and
find employment as programmers in software development companies.
Others may be employed to banks and other financial institutions
as cryptologists (encryption specialists). Still others may
become systems analysts or consultants and interface between
technicians and clients. There are also increasing opportunities
for computer scientists in the public sector: in hospitals
and health authorities, the police force and government agencies
as digital librarians and security experts just to name a
In addition, there are openings in education, in both teaching
and research. The solid base this course provides can lead
to PhD programmes. Many graduates have followed this path,
and now have successful careers in universities or within
industrial research divisions.