2020 applicants
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Masters study

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Driven by imagination

We have an international reputation for outstanding quality research and postgraduate training. 

By studying with us you will join a large and thriving community of taught Masters and postgraduate research students, that provides an active and stimulating environment in which to learn and carry out research.

You will be taught and supervised by our world-class team of academic staff who have a wide variety of research interests. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over two-thirds of our computer science research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014). 


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Why choose us?
  • We are taking positive steps to develop a strong community of female scientists working at all levels in research, education and leadership.
  • More than two-thirds of our computer science research is 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).
  • Broad range of MSc options ranging from computer games to electronic engineering, computer networks and security, robotics, and algorithmic trading.

COVID-19 and Teaching in CSEE

Will COVID-19 change the way my course is taught?

We will be delivering courses using a "blended learning" approach, which will utilise digital technologies including Zoom, Talis and Moodle for online teaching and lecturing, and will follow up with face-to-face teaching in small groups. Any resources that you need, such as specific papers that you need to read before coming to a seminar, will also be provided online.

Our facilities include our dedicated PC labs for programming and our specialist research spaces such as the robotics laboratory. These facilities will still be open to you for module teaching and your research, with any changes (such as number of students in the room) made in line with government and public health guidance.

One of the key pieces of work for your MSc is your final project or dissertation. You will be provided with a list of suitable projects, and will approach the relevant supervisors yourself.  If you are unable to come on to campus then you will be able to discuss projects with potential supervisors through Zoom, and on-going supervision can be carried out digitally too.

What will this mean for my learning experience?

We will still be delivering the same exciting and challenging courses as before. You will have the same expert staff teaching you, and you will have access to the same excellent facilities.

By providing content online, you will be able to better manage your time and take a more dynamic approach to your task management for assessments and learning, by scheduling when and how you engage with online learning resources. Maintaining our smaller group sessions in person, including seminars, gives you plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get feedback from our staff.

To help support your learning we have set up virtual PC labs, which will allow you to use online resources (such as accessing remote computers) alongside video-conferencing tools, which will support laboratory collaboration with other students and academics.

All of our assessment and learning resources have been thoroughly reviewed to ensure they guarantee a robust and effective learning experience, no matter the method of delivery.

What happens if the situation changes before I start or during my time at Essex?

We recognise that some students may have difficulty travelling to campus in time to start the academic year.

If for any reason you are unable to travel to campus to start the academic year, all teaching will be available virtually. This means that you can start, or continue, your programme off-campus, wherever you are, with full flexibility to transfer to on-campus learning as soon as you are able to. However if you are an overseas student and you aren't able to join us on Campus in the autumn, then you will need to be aware of some immigration changes taking place in January 2021.

All of our modules are designed to support you to continue learning and still be able to access one-to-one consultation and guidance that you would normally get from the lecturers on your course, if further outbreaks of infection occur during the year. This means you can join us in full confidence that you can continue and complete your programme of study.

There is lots of helpful information about starting at Essex in our guide for applicants should you have any questions, feel uncertain about something in particular, or, would like up to date information on specific topics if your situation changes. 

What will my broader student experience in the Department and on campus be like?

We are proud to be a friendly, inclusive department, and we will continue to be as open and accessible as possible. We understand that the social aspect of university is just as important as the education, so we are working on a range of online and in-person social events that will bring you and your fellow students together throughout the year.

We have been working in partnership with our Students’ Union to ensure that you can enjoy our clubs, societies, activities and services. We have built in flexibility to enable you to access support and activities, and to shape your experience around your life.

To learn more about the range of events Essex will be hosting, please visit our events calendar. To stay up to date with the very latest guidance on how to visit your campus, view our coming onto campus guide.

How will the University support me during this time?

The health and wellbeing of our students is our priority, and this has been one of the focuses to ensure students can start on campus – safely – in October.

This means we are constantly monitoring advice from the UK Government, Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the World Health Organisation.

To protect our community on campus once the academic year starts again in October, we will be looking to introduce safety measures including:

  • Enhanced cleaning and sterilising regimes
  • Social distancing in line with international guidance
  • Signage and floor markings in key locations to help you move around our campuses safely

We’re asking you to wear face coverings in all public campus areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain or in specifically designated locations. We’ll be supporting you by giving two washable face coverings to all students.

There is a number of support systems available to you whilst you are at Essex, for whenever you need them and for however long you wish to use them.

These include:

The University also runs a variety of online events throughout the year including at-home yoga and mindfulness sessions.

To find out more about the network of support you will benefit from during your time at Essex, please visit the Student Directory.

Within our department you will be assigned an Academic Tutor, who will be your key contact point throughout your time with us. If you are concerned about your academic progress, or are worried about managing your deadlines, then you can always talk to them. We also have a dedicated team of professional services colleagues in our department office, who will be on-hand to support you and answer any questions you may have.

So, what do we have to offer?

World class researchers

 You will be taught or supervised by our world-class team of academic staff who have a wide variety of research interests. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over two-thirds of our computer science research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).

Outstanding research facilities

Our School has several computer laboratories exclusively for computer science and electronic engineering students We also have specialist facilities available for research in a variety of fields including robotics and mechatronics, brain-computer interfaces, embedded systems, networking, iSpace, the Network Convergence Lab, semiconductor technology and printed circuit board manufacture.

Preparing for your future

We offer high-quality skills-based training that is invaluable for your CV and our Student Services Hub is on hand to help with careers advice and planning. You will also have opportunities to present your research and travel to international conferences.

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