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Hi, I am completing a degree relating (somewhat) to computer science, however it's not enough for me to gain entry to a computer science masters course. I've covered databases and object-oriented programming. A lot on web technologies too.

I was thinking - If I was to do a conversion course, this would bring me up to par with those around me and then I could immediately do the advanced masters after finishing. I am seeking some advice on this, does it sound silly? I emailed a few universities asking if this was possible, Liverpool got back to me and said that nobody has ever done this before, however it's possible and that if my grades were adequate for the first two semesters, (after getting results on July) on the conversion course, then I would gain entry to the MSc Advanced Computer Science commencing that September.

All advice, suggestions etc. appreciated, possibly one of you have done this?
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To add to this: Is this actually possible, I'm still unsure! I assume as he said it's possible at Liverpool, that it is.
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Reading this info from the UCAS website on Postgraduate entry requirements:
When choosing a postgraduate course, it’s important to check the entry requirements thoroughly. If you are applying for either a taught or research-based course, universities will be looking for:
  • strong evidence of your interest in your chosen field
  • sustained commitment to research at undergraduate level
  • the ability to work independently and in a team
  • realistic expectations of what can be achieved in your studies
  • evidence from other training, experience, and study that you have the requisite academic skills to cope with the course (this is particularly important for mature applicants or those who do not meet the normal entry requirements)
  • indication that you have the requisite motivation to take on a new discipline in a short space of time if completing a conversion course
..and..
MA/MSc/MRes/MPhil – You will normally need at least a 2:2 in a relevant degree. Subject requirements vary depending on the course. Some courses require a degree in a science related subject, while others have more flexible requirements. Industry experience may also be required for certain courses. Other qualifications equivalent to a degree and relevant experience may also be taken into account by some universities.
From: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/postgradua...y-requirements

To me, it sounds like the answer depends entirely on the university, which is to be expected as universities are all separate institutions who each have their own individual set of admissions rules and criteria. The response you've had from Liverpool seems promising. Given that you've already covered some computing subjects, including some programming modules, and assuming you are able to find a course which adequately fills in the gaps, then I see no reason why it wouldn't be possible - the entry requirements mainly exist as a way for you to prove that you are actually able to cope with the material.
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(Original post by winterscoming)
Reading this info from the UCAS website on Postgraduate entry requirements:

..and..

From: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/postgradua...y-requirements

To me, it sounds like the answer depends entirely on the university, which is to be expected as universities are all separate institutions who each have their own individual set of admissions rules and criteria. The response you've had from Liverpool seems promising. Given that you've already covered some computing subjects, including some programming modules, and assuming you are able to find a course which adequately fills in the gaps, then I see no reason why it wouldn't be possible - the entry requirements mainly exist as a way for you to prove that you are actually able to cope with the material.
Thanks for your reply, I appreciate you helping out. I agree it likely is up to the universities, I imagine I'll get a few responses saying it's highly unlikely or even impossible. Liverpool's response was definitely promising, I agree. It made me feel a tad more comfortable.

If I got a few more positive replies from several other universities, it'd make me really consider doing something like this and feel much more at ease that it is possible and I'm not wasting my time.

Filling in the gaps is exactly what I'm trying to do, I feel after doing a conversion I'd be prepared for a more advanced computer science, software engineering or the like degree. I wonder if anyone else on here has done this or considered doing this? It'd be interesting to hear from you.
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Swansea gave a similar response, stating that the course director would review the results awarded during the month of July. Interesting to see that two universities gave a similar response, they did not state whether it had been done before though.
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