Keele University

Pre-master's in Computing is your first step towards postgraduate study at Keele, and beyond – to a successful and rewarding career, or PhD study.

What you will study

You will study a combination of core and specialist route modules that provide the skills and knowledge you will need to meet the challenges of postgraduate study.

Core modules

Academic English Skills
Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University.  These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Route modules

Research Methods
Developing effective research skills is a crucial part of postgraduate study. This module will teach you how to collect research data and materials related to your subject area and how to analyse your findings. You will also study quantitative and qualitative research techniques and explore written and electronic sources of information.

Programming 1 - Fundamentals
Study computer programming using a generic computer language. You will develop problem-solving skills and establish a firm basis for later studies in computer science and information systems.

Information Systems
This module provides an introduction to Information Systems and their main applications for both individual and business use. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and understanding you gain in this module to a major practical assignment.

Analytical Techniques and Problem-Solving
Find out how an analytic approach towards your studies can deepen your understanding. Learn about critical reasoning and explore a range of problem-solving techniques.

Programming 2 – Data Structures and Algorithms
Learn about data structures and algorithms, and their importance in modern computer science and IT. This module will give you many opportunities to develop new programming skills and develop your own software solutions.

Individual Research Project
Undertake an extended research project, using what you have learned about research methods and selecting and using material appropriately and effectively.

Progression to your degree at Keele

Pre-master's is structured to give you regular feedback on your progress and to ensure you are meeting all the learning outcomes required for success on your Keele University degree course. Progression is subject to achieving the minimum English requirements Academic English Skills (AES) and subject module grades.

The grades outlined below indicate the entry requirements to progress for the 2018/19 academic year and these are for illustration purposes only. To be eligible to progress to their chosen Master’s degree students must:

  • Achieve at least 40% in all subject modules.
  • Achieve at least 60% in AES.

You will be advised of the minimum requirements for progression for 2018/19 on arrival at the ISC.

Degrees you can go on to study at Keele

Please note that the degrees listed below are subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Advanced Computer Science MSc 40% in all subject modules 60% with min 40% in each skill