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Why Study Computer Science?

We take a closer look at the top four reasons students choose to study a distance learning Computer Science MSc at Northumbria University.

If you want to drive digital change and harness the power of data to build a smarter future, then studying a Computer Science Masters could provide you with the qualification you need to reach your goals and future proof your career, with pathway options available in Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

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1. Computer Science Specialists Are in Demand

One of the top questions prospective students ask us is whether computer science is in demand. The short answer is yes! We are living in a digital age and so many things that we do every day – from programming Google Maps to help us find our way on a long car journey, to playing music through our smart speakers, to watching the latest series on Netflix – are powered by computer science.  

With an ever-growing digital skills gap, employers are calling out specifically for workers who are skilled in robotics, artificial intelligence and data science to be the driving force behind this new world that’s powered by a digital-first economy. In 2017, the European Commission believed there could be as many as 756,000 unfilled jobs in the European ICT sector by 2020 - a prediction that’s swiftly becoming a reality with the Royal Society stating in 2019 that the need for data, machine learning and artificial intelligence experts has grown by 231% over the past five years. As part of the UK government-funded Institute of Coding, we’ve designed our distance learning Computer Science Masters courses to meet this demand, equipping you with the skills that employers across the globe are desperately seeking.  

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2. Your Earning Potential Will Be High 

This demand for qualified specialists means that careers in the computer science sector are well-paid, and graduates with a general Masters in Computer Science qualification can expect to earn upwards of £41,949 per annum. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the average annual UK salaries of the roles you could be well-placed to take up after graduating from one of our Computer Science Masters specialist pathways: 

Artificial Intelligence Pathway 

Data Analytics Pathway 

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3. You’ll Future Proof Your Career

As we’ve shown above, the computer science field includes a wide variety of interesting and diverse occupations. In addition to the more traditional opportunities within the field – such as software or web development, there is a new frontier of jobs that are opening in data analysis and AI. Some of these roles are yet to exist but will instead grow and evolve as the industry continues to change at a rapid pace.  

Knowledge of core computer science skills such as programming, database modelling and web development will be key to future proofing your career whatever sector your work in. The World Economic Forum predict that disruptive tech skills such as AI, robotics, analytical reasoning and cloud computing will remain in higher demand across the board for years to come. One thing is certain: no matter where you’re located or what industry you work in, computing jobs are here to stay and by upskilling now, you’ll be ready to step up and stand out whatever the future holds.

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4. You’ll Be Armed with the Skillset to Make A Positive Difference 

From the human genome project to AIDS vaccine research, computer science has driven some of the biggest scientific advances of the past 100 years. It’s helped to accelerate progress in healthcare, education, communication, manufacturing – almost every area of our society. 

Academics from Northumbria University are at the forefront of research aimed at utilising technology to drive societal change – from projects exploring the use of emotional AI in policing and security, to testing and developing a range of smart digital technologies to help some of the most vunerable people in society live more independently, to using data analytics to support student mental health.  

Both of our distance learning Computer Science Masters courses have been designed to help you immerse yourself in a research-rich environment, and throughout you’ll be encouraged to ask innovative questions and hone your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. All of this will culminate in you producing your own Masters level dissertation project in the final stages of your programme, which could help you make your own positive mark on the world.  

Drive Digital Change: Join Our Computer Science Masters 

No matter your previous background, with our Computer Science MSc you’ll harness the skills needed to forge a career in some of the fastest growing sectors in the computing industry. Plus, as a distance learning course, you’ll have the freedom to study wherever and whenever suits you best. Learn more about our pathway options here: 


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