University of Hertfordshire – MSc courses in Computer Science with a Placement Year


A sandwich course is a typical degree course, with the addition of a year-long placement at a company associated with their subject of study.

The University of Hertfordshire, located in Hatfield, UK, offers a number of such courses in the field of Computer Sciences, including Computer Science, Advanced Computer Science, Computer Networks and System Security, Cyber Security, Data Science and Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Why take up a sandwich course?

Advanced Learning: Each of these courses combine a taught programme of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, with (through the sandwich placement) industry-level opportunities to put what is learned into direct practice, deepening knowledge under the guide of experienced professionals in the field – learning through experience what cannot be covered by university.

Careers: An MSc degree awarded in computer sciences by Hertfordshire will put you on track to a career as a software engineer, developer, or project manager, with potential employers working in business, industry, government and research. The addition of a sandwich placement further increases your employability, with potential employers valuing practical experience in a new graduate.

Key Facts

  • The course is 2 years long, with the 2nd year being the placement year.
  • During the placement year, the student becomes a full-time salaried employee of the respective company.
  • The responsibility of finding a placement rests with the student – however, they will find expert assistance via the Careers and Placements Service that puts students in touch with a wide range of employers, and provides training sessions to help secure a placement, covering everything from job applications to interviews. 
  • In order to qualify to take up the sandwich placement, the student must pass the first 60 credits worth of taught modules in their first attempt, with a grade arithmetic mean of not less than 50. Failure to complete the same will mean that the student loses their eligibility for placement, and is transferred to the non-placement route.

Applying to the course

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for admission, applicants must have a good Honours degree or equivalent in Computer Science or a cognate discipline. Applicants whose first language is not English – including students from India – must demonstrate their English language proficiency with an IELTS score of 6.5 or its equivalent in another test.

Tuition Fee: The annual* tuition fee for an international student studying in a postgraduate course at Hertfordshire is approximately 12,000-13,000 GBP.

*A student in a placement-route will not have to pay tuition fees during the placement year.    

Important dates: Applications for intake in 2019 are now closed. However the applications for intake in 2020 will become available, and will close in March for the May intake and in July for the September intake. Visit the official university website for more updated details.

For detailed information on each of the MSc in computer science courses with placement, click on the following link:

You can get in touch with the Hurray Overseas counselling team to learn more about these programmes, and get help with your application. Reach out to us via email:, or phone: 8971357928.

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