Frequently Asked Questions

This programme has been developed in accordance with the QAA Subject Benchmark for Computing (2016); however, at present, there is no formal accreditation for these programmes.

The full tuition fee for an MSc Computer Science programme is:
Total – £7,800
Should you wish to exit the programme with a PG Certificate (60 credits) or PG Diploma (120 credits), this is possible. The module fee is:
Per 15-credit module – £650
(Please note that these are subject to change.)

Our degree programmes are offered fully online as asynchronous learning. They are taken on a part-time basis but are self-paced, so you can study at a speed that is right for you given your work, family, and other commitments.

Our degree programmes have an on-demand start, giving you the flexibility you need to begin study at any point in the year.

Our programmes are designed to be completed at a pace that works for you; often this will be between two and three years. While the university regulations permit a maximum period of registration up to five years, it's recommended you complete your studies much sooner and as early as you are able to.

All our Masters degree programmes are 180 credits.

An exit award provides recognition of the completion of a number of credits if you are unable to complete a full degree. You may be able to exit your programme with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 UK credits – 4 modules) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 UK credits – 8 modules).

Different universities have different entry requirements and application processes and assess eligibility on a case-by-case basis. You should check the eligibility requirements of the programme and institution you are applying to.

This depends on the programme pathway you choose. Please refer to the pathways on the programme page to find out more.

No. Your degree certificate or transcript will not state that you studied online.

You will not need to prove your knowledge of English to apply for a course at City if you're a national of a majority English-speaking country or have previously completed a university degree (or equivalent) in one. The government provides a list of recognised majority English-speaking countries.

Otherwise, we accept:

  • GCSE English language grade 4 (C) or evidence from an accepted English language test.

Two common tests and the levels required are:

  • IELTS Academic: 6.0 (minimum of 6.0 in all four components).
  • TOEFL IBT: 80, with 20 in each component. IELTS/TOEFL tests need to have been taken in the last two years.

You will need a degree in a non-computer science field. Details on accepted degrees can be found in the entry requirements. Work experience alone will not qualify you for entry into these programmes.

You can apply to have previous studies recognised through the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning). This is processed on a case-by-case basis. To find out more about the process, give us a call at +44 8000488040 or +44 20 36958878. You can also email

No. Our degree programmes are entirely online, so you will not be eligible for a visa while you study with us.

You can apply by following the link at the bottom of our homepage.

There is no deadline – apply when you like, and you will be able to start as soon as you have made payment.

You will need to provide your degree certificate and possibly a transcript as evidence of your education, as well as proof you meet the English language requirements (if required), along with a valid government-issued ID or passport.

You can submit supporting documents via the application portal.

References are not required.

You will normally receive a decision on your application within 2–5 working days.

Yes, we can reset your password. Please give us a call at +44 8000488040 or +44 20 36958878. You can also email

It is usually possible to change your programme until you have completed your first four modules. Students are encouraged to make any swaps prior to starting their fifth module. Should you wish to do this, you should discuss it with your Student Support Coordinator.

You will have 14 calendar days to accept your offer. You are confirming acceptance of your offer by making payment of your first module.

Offers are valid for 14 calendar days. If you are unable to accept the offer within this time frame, please speak to our enrolment team via +44 8000488040 or +44 20 36958878. You can also email

You can pay through our payment portal. The link will be provided during the admission process.

Our programmes are designed to be paid by module, so you do not need to pay for the full programme in advance, but you can pay in much smaller amounts as per module fees.

We accept credit or debit card payments only. Students must pay their fees via the payment portal link provided during the admissions process.

There is no difference between fees for home and international students.

We have a 14-day refund window policy, commencing on the day of your start date. You may choose to withdraw with a full refund as long as this is communicated and confirmed to us within the first 14 days of the programme. Please contact your Student Support Coordinator should you require information and support.

Students based in the UK may be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Visit to check your eligibility.

Employer-funded studies are not currently available we are however, working to provide this method in the future. Please reach out at a later stage for any changes.

Unfortunately, we do not offer scholarships for our online degree programmes.

Yes, if you are a City, University of London graduate you will be able to benefit from a 10% discount per module. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students who are eligible need to be home students to be eligible for the DSA and have evidence of a disability to start the application. You can find out more about the Disabled Students' Allowance at

You will be using ‘Canvas’ as your online learning platform. You will need regular, reliable internet access and will use your City, University of London student account to access all learning material.

The discussion forums within the module provide the opportunity to interact with fellow students.

A typical 15-credit module will take about 100–150 hours of learning.

The programme is self-paced learning so you will be managing your own time.

Online asynchronous learning that includes a mixture of materials. These will include, for example, video lectures, problems with solutions, and quizzes.

While module content may vary, our online programmes are designed to be specifically suited to online learning. There will be asynchronous activities for you to engage with, such as video lectures, problems with solutions, and quizzes.

We review our course content annually and consider what updates may be necessary.

No. The programmes are delivered 100% online. We don’t require you to come to campus at any point. You will not be assessed through in-person assessments, and all assessments will be submitted online via the learning environment.

Dedicated Student Support Coordinators will monitor your engagement in order to actively support your studies and help you progress.

Support from the academic team will be online support via Canvas, the programme's online learning environment.

Each module is supported by an academic team and projects will be supported by a supervisor.

Disabled students can have a Student Support Plan (SSP) created by Student Health and Wellbeing according to individual needs.