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CS MSc without undergrad

I spoke to a uni who are willing to accept years of relevant professional industry experience instead of formal qualifications for a CS MSc. I don’t have an undergraduate degree at all, but would be interested in studying CS alongside my job as I enjoy the theoretical side.

They said that there are other unis that also admit based on experience but didn’t say which and I’m struggling to find any info with research. Came here to ask if anybody knows of any unis that admit straight to MSc with experience, or where I could find this info most easily.
Reply 1
Original post by apple33
I spoke to a uni who are willing to accept years of relevant professional industry experience instead of formal qualifications for a CS MSc. I don’t have an undergraduate degree at all, but would be interested in studying CS alongside my job as I enjoy the theoretical side.

They said that there are other unis that also admit based on experience but didn’t say which and I’m struggling to find any info with research. Came here to ask if anybody knows of any unis that admit straight to MSc with experience, or where I could find this info most easily.


If your looking to study along side your work the Open University is a very well respected online/ in person university. I have no idea if they will accept you its just the most popular online uni in the UK.

These are guides: https://www.uopeople.edu/blog/how-to-get-a-masters-without-a-bachelors-degree/

has a link if you read a bit: https://www.roffeypark.ac.uk/knowledge-and-learning-resources-hub/10-questions-about-an-msc-qualification-that-you-always-wanted-to-ask/

another Thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2636571
(edited 6 months ago)
Reply 2
The OU has a good computing undergrad but I don't think their masters is what you're looking for- as I understand it, it's very business-focused without a ton of technical/mathematical content.

If I were in your place I would do this:
1) Decide whether you're interested in a conversion masters (intended for those with an unrelated undergrad) or a traditional/advanced one (intended for those with a CS undergrad), or both. The conversion ones might be more realistic.
2) Find /all/ unis that offer such a degree. Check their entry requirements. Filter out any that specifically rule out admitting people with no undergrad.
3) Email all the rest, outlining your situation and asking whether you might be considered.
Original post by apple33
I spoke to a uni who are willing to accept years of relevant professional industry experience instead of formal qualifications for a CS MSc. I don’t have an undergraduate degree at all, but would be interested in studying CS alongside my job as I enjoy the theoretical side.

They said that there are other unis that also admit based on experience but didn’t say which and I’m struggling to find any info with research. Came here to ask if anybody knows of any unis that admit straight to MSc with experience, or where I could find this info most easily.


They're typically not easy to find. I would spend time on Google looking at entry requirements.

https://www.london.ac.uk/courses/msc-computer-science#entry-requirements-24605
https://uel.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/msc-computer-science
https://www.gre.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/engsci/computer-science-msc#entry-requirements
https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/maths-comp-sci/computer-science/msc-computer-science/#entry-requirements=is-expanded (see equivalent section, but will need to check)
https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/course/msc-computer-science (might need to check what lower qualifications they accept)
https://www.bbk.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/computer-science
https://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-masters/msc-computer-science2
https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate/computer-science-msc-pgdip/#entryRequirements
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/computer-science/computer-science-msc/
https://www.ntu.ac.uk/course/science-and-technology/pg/msc-computer-science#entry-requirements
https://www.staffs.ac.uk/course/computer-science-msc#entry
https://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/msc-computer-science
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/msc-computer-science-dtfcsd6/
https://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/computer-science-msc/#typical-entry-requirements
https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/243
https://www.tees.ac.uk/postgraduate_courses/computing_&_cyber_security/msc_computer_science.cfm
https://glyndwr.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-courses/computer-science/#panel3
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/computing-msc
https://online.abertay.ac.uk/programmes/msc-computer-science/#entry-requirements
https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studying-here/postgraduate/computer-science/computer-science/
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-courses/computer-science-msc-by-research/2024/#course-entry (you will need to check)
https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/computing/msc-computing/full-time
https://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/k22 (for PGCert as opposed to an MSc)
https://qa.ulster.ac.uk/course/msc-computer-science-and-technology/
https://online.sunderland.ac.uk/online-course/msc-computer-science/
https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/course/computing-msc/
https://www.nulondon.ac.uk/degrees/postgraduate/ai-computer-science/entry-requirements/
https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate/msc-computer-science-and-international-business/
https://www.ucc.ie/en/ckr40/#section3
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/computational-and-software-techniques-in-engineering# (you will need to check with them)
https://www.staffslondon.ac.uk/course/computer-science-cyber-security-msc#entry
https://hub.ucd.ie/usis/!W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=PROG&MAJR=T150
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/computer-science-masters-msc#entry
https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/course/taught/computer-science-or-computer-science-artificial-intelligence-msc#requirements
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/degrees/5055f/#entry-requirements

The key phrase you would be looking for is "Accredited Prior Learning"
Reply 4
Original post by JaCey04
If your looking to study along side your work the Open University is a very well respected online/ in person university. I have no idea if they will accept you its just the most popular online uni in the UK.

These are guides: https://www.uopeople.edu/blog/how-to-get-a-masters-without-a-bachelors-degree/

has a link if you read a bit: https://www.roffeypark.ac.uk/knowledge-and-learning-resources-hub/10-questions-about-an-msc-qualification-that-you-always-wanted-to-ask/

another Thread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2636571

thanks! I’ve looked at the OU computing and IT bsc and it looks quite good, it’s just a shame they don’t offer a specific compsci degree. I’ll take a look at the other info you linked
Reply 5
Original post by pmd_qwe
The OU has a good computing undergrad but I don't think their masters is what you're looking for- as I understand it, it's very business-focused without a ton of technical/mathematical content.

If I were in your place I would do this:
1) Decide whether you're interested in a conversion masters (intended for those with an unrelated undergrad) or a traditional/advanced one (intended for those with a CS undergrad), or both. The conversion ones might be more realistic.
2) Find /all/ unis that offer such a degree. Check their entry requirements. Filter out any that specifically rule out admitting people with no undergrad.
3) Email all the rest, outlining your situation and asking whether you might be considered.

I agree, their bsc in computing looks a lot stronger than their masters, it would just be a very long commitment.

I agree that conversion msc might be more realistic, although I’m sure don’t cover subjects in as much depth. Sounds like time to get a spreadsheet out and start researching!
Reply 6
Original post by MindMax2000
They're typically not easy to find. I would spend time on Google looking at entry requirements.

https://www.london.ac.uk/courses/msc-computer-science#entry-requirements-24605
https://uel.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/msc-computer-science
https://www.gre.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/engsci/computer-science-msc#entry-requirements
https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/maths-comp-sci/computer-science/msc-computer-science/#entry-requirements=is-expanded (see equivalent section, but will need to check)
https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/course/msc-computer-science (might need to check what lower qualifications they accept)
https://www.bbk.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/computer-science
https://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-masters/msc-computer-science2
https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate/computer-science-msc-pgdip/#entryRequirements
https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/computer-science/computer-science-msc/
https://www.ntu.ac.uk/course/science-and-technology/pg/msc-computer-science#entry-requirements
https://www.staffs.ac.uk/course/computer-science-msc#entry
https://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/msc-computer-science
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/msc-computer-science-dtfcsd6/
https://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/computer-science-msc/#typical-entry-requirements
https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/243
https://www.tees.ac.uk/postgraduate_courses/computing_&_cyber_security/msc_computer_science.cfm
https://glyndwr.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-courses/computer-science/#panel3
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/computing-msc
https://online.abertay.ac.uk/programmes/msc-computer-science/#entry-requirements
https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studying-here/postgraduate/computer-science/computer-science/
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-courses/computer-science-msc-by-research/2024/#course-entry (you will need to check)
https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/computing/msc-computing/full-time
https://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/qualifications/k22 (for PGCert as opposed to an MSc)
https://qa.ulster.ac.uk/course/msc-computer-science-and-technology/
https://online.sunderland.ac.uk/online-course/msc-computer-science/
https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/course/computing-msc/
https://www.nulondon.ac.uk/degrees/postgraduate/ai-computer-science/entry-requirements/
https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/postgraduate/msc-computer-science-and-international-business/
https://www.ucc.ie/en/ckr40/#section3
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/computational-and-software-techniques-in-engineering# (you will need to check with them)
https://www.staffslondon.ac.uk/course/computer-science-cyber-security-msc#entry
https://hub.ucd.ie/usis/!W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=PROG&MAJR=T150
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/computer-science-masters-msc#entry
https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/course/taught/computer-science-or-computer-science-artificial-intelligence-msc#requirements
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/degrees/5055f/#entry-requirements

The key phrase you would be looking for is "Accredited Prior Learning"


Thank you 🙏 this is a goldmine! I had assumed the accredited prior learning was specifically for qualifications and not for on the job experience, will definitely come in handy while I start to have a look.
Original post by apple33
I spoke to a uni who are willing to accept years of relevant professional industry experience instead of formal qualifications for a CS MSc. I don’t have an undergraduate degree at all, but would be interested in studying CS alongside my job as I enjoy the theoretical side.

They said that there are other unis that also admit based on experience but didn’t say which and I’m struggling to find any info with research. Came here to ask if anybody knows of any unis that admit straight to MSc with experience, or where I could find this info most easily.


Hi @apple33,

To join our MSc Computing, you should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a non-computing discipline.

However, equivalent knowledge gained in alternative ways, for example through professional experience or completion of BCS Professional Diploma in IT (Level 6), is also accepted.

I hope this helps,

Best wishes,

Melissa- Course Enquiries.
Reply 8
Try London South Bank University and Greenwich University. You can also look at East London University.

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