MPhil Computer Science

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MPhil
Duration
12 months full time
Entry requirements

The minimum academic entry requirements for an MPhil programme is:

i) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above in a discipline directly relevant to the MPhil, or equivalent international qualifications

Whilst the most common first degree is Computer Science, we also consider students with backgrounds in an appropriate subject for the research topic (e.g. mathematics, physics, engineering, biology and medicine).

The Department may require a 1st Class Honours degree or international equivalent for some research projects. This requirement is specified at the discretion of the academic supervisor involved under the relevant advertised project.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

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

Programme description

The MPhil consists of one year of research culminating in an MPhil thesis and often leads to a full PhD.

As one of the largest Departments of in the UK we cover a huge spectrum of Computer Science topics. We currently have ten individual research groups ranging from Advanced Processor Technologies to Text Mining. Our core Computer Science research is augmented by interdisciplinary research taking place at the interface with discipline areas including mathematics, physics, medicine and biology. A detailed overview of the Department's research groups and core and interdisciplinary research themes is available in the 'research' area of our website .    

We're keen to receive applications from potential research students in all areas. Although your application is through the Department, you are basically applying for a place in a research group or with a particular supervisor. You therefore need to look through our research to find a suitable topic or potential supervisor. Alternatively you can identify a possible project from our list of available projects

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPhil (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £24,000
  • MPhil (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £12,000

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course 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 project.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Contact details

Department
Department of Computer Science
Contact name
Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0699
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 6200
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/cs
School/Faculty

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Programmes in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The minimum academic entry requirements for an MPhil programme is:

i) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above in a discipline directly relevant to the MPhil, or equivalent international qualifications

Whilst the most common first degree is Computer Science, we also consider students with backgrounds in an appropriate subject for the research topic (e.g. mathematics, physics, engineering, biology and medicine).

The Department may require a 1st Class Honours degree or international equivalent for some research projects. This requirement is specified at the discretion of the academic supervisor involved under the relevant advertised project.

English language

English language:

Students whose first language is not English must obtain the required English language score indicated below:

IELTS: greater than or equal to 6.5 overall (with a 6.5 in the written component and no other subtest below 5.5)

IBT TOEFL greater than or equal to 90 overall (with 22 in the written component and no other subtest below 20)

               

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

               

Further information can be found at: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/international/admissions/language-requirements/

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.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

If you would like to apply for one of our research programmes, you MUST submit the following documentation:

  • Online Application Form in which you should include the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research. We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor before submitting an application.
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts of previous university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must provide an official translation.
  • CV summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research. Include:
  • Work experience
  • any prizes/competitions that you have won for your academic work
  • experience of presenting your work at conferences/during your degree and list any research you have published
  • details of your final year undergraduate project work and if appropriate your MSc project work
  • service and leadership (in any domain including extra curricula)
  • community activity (hackathons, societies etc)
  • teaching or training experience (including peer support and extra curricula)
  • soft skills: creativity, ability to work without constant supervision, good time management.
  • Research Proposal outlining your research project. Include:
  • Explain the importance of your research in the context of current knowledge
  • Clearly identify the objectives of the research
  • Literature review
  • Explain the methodology to be employed

Two academic letters of reference provided by people who have knowledge of your academic ability. These should be on University headed paper and must be signed and dated within two years.

This information will also be used to shortlist you for funding interview if appropriate; you should therefore ensure that you address all requirements as outlined above.

The following documentation can be submitted at a later date.

  • English Language qualification (if applicable) - IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 (with 6.5 in Writing and no sub-test below 5.5).
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts of current university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must provide an official translation.

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.

Programme details

Programme description

The MPhil consists of one year of research culminating in an MPhil thesis and often leads to a full PhD.

As one of the largest Departments of in the UK we cover a huge spectrum of Computer Science topics. We currently have ten individual research groups ranging from Advanced Processor Technologies to Text Mining. Our core Computer Science research is augmented by interdisciplinary research taking place at the interface with discipline areas including mathematics, physics, medicine and biology. A detailed overview of the Department's research groups and core and interdisciplinary research themes is available in the 'research' area of our website .    

We're keen to receive applications from potential research students in all areas. Although your application is through the Department, you are basically applying for a place in a research group or with a particular supervisor. You therefore need to look through our research to find a suitable topic or potential supervisor. Alternatively you can identify a possible project from our list of available projects

Aims

The Degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a period of supervised research and training, the results of which show convincing evidence of the capacity of the candidate to pursue research and scholarship and represent original work that is appropriately located by the candidate within a wider field of knowledge and investigation. The results of this research shall then be embodied in a thesis or other appropriate form.

Coursework and assessment

As a research student you would typically work in an office with three/four other researchers from your group. You would be encouraged to present papers at conferences and publish your results in academic journals. We run several research training course-units and you can take course-units on a number of our Masters programmes. Opportunities are also provided to supplement income by undertaking laboratory demonstrating and other teaching support work.

Programme unit list

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

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