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MRes Advanced Computer Science

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Research
Duration
12 months [Full-time, September-September]
Entry requirements
We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in Computer Science, or in a joint degree with at least 50% Computer Science content. Applicants with extensive Computer Science industrial experience and a good honours degree in Computer Science, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.

We require that all applicants have a strong background in Computer Science reflected, for example, in solid programming and software development skills.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

You may apply for all postgraduate courses using our  online application system  .

Dates and deadlines

Overseas Applicants:

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received this year, the School of Computer Science has introduced an application deadline for overseas applicants of  Friday 17 November 2017 , by which all applications for 2018 entry must be submitted via our  online application system . Any applications received beyond this date will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

UK/EU Applicants:

We will continue to accept and consider applications from UK/EU students beyond 17 November 2017 due to the nature of the typical application window within the UK and Europe.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MRes Y Y N N

Course description

The aim of this course is to provide students with a state-of-the-art collection of knowledge, understanding, and skills in the area of Advanced Computer Science. This collection aims to be of particular depth so as to provide the student with the relevant knowledge, understanding, and skills to prepare them for a career in Computer Science research. It is designed for students with a good first degree in Computer Science or related areas who wish to deepen their understanding, knowledge, and skills, and aim at a research career in either Industry or Academia.

A student following this course chooses two themes, each consisting of a conceptually coherent set of two course units of 15 credits each, and they take three course units out of these. In addition, they follow three Research Seminars COMP80122, COMP80131, COMP80142 of 5 credits each. This will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills in Research methodology, ethics and professional issues, as well as communication and presentation skills. As part of COMP80122, students actively participate in the school's annual research symposium, held in reading week between Period 1 and 2.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £22,000
  • MRes (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,250
    International students (per annum): £11,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Computer Science
Contact name
Sue Wolfenden
Telephone
0161 2750698
Email
Website
http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/study/taught-masters/
Academic department overview

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in Computer Science, or in a joint degree with at least 50% Computer Science content. Applicants with extensive Computer Science industrial experience and a good honours degree in Computer Science, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.

We require that all applicants have a strong background in Computer Science reflected, for example, in solid programming and software development skills.

English language

All students are required to be proficient in spoken and written English. In order to be accepted onto an MSc programme in the School of Computer Science applicants need to provide evidence of having achieved the required level in one of the following english language qualifications:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 minimum with 6 in all sub-categories
  • Internet based TOEFL 100 ibt with no less than 23 in individual components
  • Cambridge Proficiency Grade 'C'
  • Pearson English overall 59 (writing 51)
  • India: Central Board of Secondary Education Senior School Certificate Year XII (GPA >80)
  • West Africa Education Certificate (WAEC) Grade B2
  • Nigerian Education Council Certificate (NECO) Grade B2

If you envisage any difficulties in satisfying our English language requirements then please do let us know. The University offer a number of excellent pre-sessional English courses designed specifically to help international students meet our requirements prior to the start of their courses.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

You may apply for all postgraduate courses using our  online application system  .

Dates and deadlines

Overseas Applicants:

Please note that due to the high volume of applications received this year, the School of Computer Science has introduced an application deadline for overseas applicants of  Friday 17 November 2017 , by which all applications for 2018 entry must be submitted via our  online application system . Any applications received beyond this date will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

UK/EU Applicants:

We will continue to accept and consider applications from UK/EU students beyond 17 November 2017 due to the nature of the typical application window within the UK and Europe.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

The aim of this course is to provide students with a state-of-the-art collection of knowledge, understanding, and skills in the area of Advanced Computer Science. This collection aims to be of particular depth so as to provide the student with the relevant knowledge, understanding, and skills to prepare them for a career in Computer Science research. It is designed for students with a good first degree in Computer Science or related areas who wish to deepen their understanding, knowledge, and skills, and aim at a research career in either Industry or Academia.

A student following this course chooses two themes, each consisting of a conceptually coherent set of two course units of 15 credits each, and they take three course units out of these. In addition, they follow three Research Seminars COMP80122, COMP80131, COMP80142 of 5 credits each. This will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills in Research methodology, ethics and professional issues, as well as communication and presentation skills. As part of COMP80122, students actively participate in the school's annual research symposium, held in reading week between Period 1 and 2.

Teaching and learning

We use a variety of teaching forms, from face-to-face lectures via supervised and unsupervised labs, to self-study elements and supervised projects. Where appropriate, we use blended learning and enquiry based learning.

All our taught course units use coursework as a part of fomative assessment, to deepen and assess both knowledge and understanding and to teach and assess relevant skills.

Coursework and assessment

Course units are assessed through coursework (50%) and end-of-semester examination (50%). However, flexibility is allowed in the delivery and assessment, allowing methods appropriate for each subject. If a course unit's specific features require it for assessments through 66% coursework and 34% exam, or other distributions.

Further information is available at http://intranet.cs.man.ac.uk/intranet_subweb/postgrad

Course unit details

A student following this programme chooses two themes, each consisting of a conceptually coherent set of two course units of 15 credits each, and they take three course units out of these. In addition, they follow three Research Seminars COMP80122, COMP80131, COMP80142 of 5 credits each. This will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills in Research methodology, ethics and professional issues, as well as communication and presentation skills. As part of COMP80122, students actively participate in the school's annual research symposium, held in reading week between Period 1 and 2.

This makes up the 60 credits taught part of the course.

The MRes research project is worth 120 credits and consists of the following parts: a taster project (10 credits) plus the research project (110 credits), which can but do not have to be related to the same subject and supervised by the same supervisor. The taster project is assessed via a short report. The research project is assessed in two parts, through the Project Progress Report (30 credits) and the Dissertation (80 credits).

A student who chooses two themes that belong to a given pathway, and whose project is in an area suitable for this pathway (which is determined by the examiners) can choose to graduate with an MRes in Advanced Computer Science with a specialisation in an available themes in their course options.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Scientific Methods II - Fundamental Aspects of Research Methodology COMP80122 5 Mandatory
Scientific Methods I - Scientific Evaluation, Experimental Design and Statistical Methods COMP80131 5 Mandatory
Scientific Methods III - Academic Writing and Impact Studies COMP80142 5 Mandatory
Modelling Data on the Web COMP60411 15 Optional
Parallel Programs and their Performance COMP60611 15 Optional
Designing for Parallelism and Future Multi-core Computing COMP60621 15 Optional
Data Engineering COMP60711 15 Optional
IT Governance COMP60721 15 Optional
Foundations of Machine Learning COMP61011 15 Optional
Modelling and Visualisation of High-Dimensional Data COMP61021 15 Optional
Cryptography COMP61411 15 Optional
Cyber Security COMP61421 15 Optional
Software Engineering Concepts in Practice COMP61511 15 Optional
Querying Data on the Web COMP62421 15 Optional
Agile and Test-Driven Development COMP62521 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 15 course units

Facilities

  • Newly refurbished computing labs furnished with modern desktop computers
  • Access to world leading academic staff
  • Collaborative working labs complete with specialist computing and audio visual equipment to support group working.
  • Over 300 Computers in the School dedicated exclusively for the use of our students.
  • An Advanced Interfaces Laboratory to explore real time collaborative working;
  • A Nanotechnology Centre for the fabrication of new generation electronic devices;
  • An e-Science Centre and Access Grid facility for world wide collaboration over the internet.
  • Access to a range of Integrated Development Environments (IDEs)
  • Specialist electronic system design and computer engineering tools.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Our Advanced Computer Science courses have an excellent record of employment for its graduates. Opportunities exist in fields as diverse as finance, films and games, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, consumer products, and public services - virtually all areas of business and society. Manchester Advanced Computer Science courses are considered among the best in the country and our graduates are actively targeted for the very top jobs in industry and academia.

The MRes in Advanced Computer Science particularly focuses students to explore further study at research level, or to careers in industrial or academic research and development.

We maintain close relationships with potential employers and run various activities throughout the year, including career fairs, guest lectures, and projects run jointly with partners from industry. This is managed by our Employability Tutor; see the School of Computer Science's employability pages for more information.