The Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism addresses the most disruptive challenge faced by the computing industry for 50 years. Driven by performance and energy constraints, parallelism is now crucial to all layers of the computing infrastructure, from smartphones to globally distributed systems.
This EPSRC-sponsored programme tackles the many urgent interconnected problems raised by parallel systems. How do we design programming languages for such systems? How should the architecture be structured? Which theories, tools and methodologies will allow us to reason about the behaviour of this new hardware and software?
We urgently need answers to these questions to maintain the familiar pace of technological progress, and the benefits it brings to so much of modern life. Spanning theory and practice, the centre addresses this "pervasive parallelism challenge", educating the graduates who will undertake the fundamental research and design required to transform methods and practices. As a pervasive parallelism graduate, you will develop not only deep expertise in your own specialism, but crucially, an awareness of its relationships to other facets of the challenge. These cross-cutting synergies will enable us to unlock the true potential of current and future technologies.
This MSc is the first part of a longer 1+3 (MSc by Research + PhD) programme offered by the School through the EPSRC.
Our supervisors offer internationally leading expertise across all aspects of the pervasive parallelism challenge. These include parallel programming, wireless and mobile networking, reasoning about interaction, models of concurrent computation, energy efficient computing, systems architecture, and performance modelling.
Many more topics can be found be exploring the centre's pages and those of its supervision team and research teams. Most importantly, we believe that key research insights can be made by working across the boundaries of conventional groupings.
We offer a four year programme, focused throughout on your development into an independent researcher, under the guidance of an expert supervision team. In the first year, you will undertake a small number of courses, and a large introductory research project, together with a range of sessions on transferable research skills.
Courses are designed to broaden your awareness of pervasive parallelism. Successful students will be awarded a Master of Research degree at this point. From this basis, the subsequent three years will be spent developing and pursuing a PhD research project, under the close supervision of your primary and secondary supervisors.
Our industrial partnerships and engagement programme will ensure that your research is informed by real world case-studies and will provide a source of diverse internship opportunities.
You will have opportunities to take up three- to six-month internships with leading companies in this area, including ARM, Intel, IBM and Microsoft, and to participate in our industrial engagement programme, exchanging ideas and challenges with our sponsor companies at brainstorming and networking events.
The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The School is deploying a range of strategies to help female staff and students of all stages in their careers and we seek regular feedback from our research community on our performance.
You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities from on-chip accelerators including GPGPUs and multicore CPUs to the supercomputer scale systems hosted by the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre.
More broadly, the award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It houses more than 400 research staff and students, providing office, meeting and social spaces.
It also contains two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a full recording studio amongst other research facilities. Its spectacular atrium plays host to many events, from industry showcases and student hackathons to major research conferences.
Nearby teaching facilities include computer and teaching labs with more than 250 machines, 24-hour access to IT facilities for students, and comprehensive support provided by dedicated computing staff.
Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.
We intend for our graduates to become the research leaders, both in industry and academia, whose work will lead the way into the era of mainstream parallelism. This vision is shared by our industrial supporters who have indicated their strong desire to find highly qualified candidates to fill roles in this area. We also have outstanding support for entrepreneurial initiatives through Informatics Ventures.
Our component research groups already have excellent track-records in post-graduation destinations, including the research labs of industry-leading companies, and post-doctoral research positions in top tier universities.
In a world where commercial success relies on digital communications, high speed data transfer and real-time analysis, where information technology (IT) is constantly advancing, companies need professionals capable of developing diverse, bespoke and often novel technology solutions to help them identify and maintain competitive advantage.
Aimed at graduates with experience in computing or IT, this specialist practice-based course has been developed and delivered in partnership with Coventry Business School. It aims to develop complementary skills in business and technology, providing a solid foundation in management, including budgeting, resource allocation and organisation, together with sound technical knowledge of aspects such as software design, network planning and technical support.
Coventry University is ranked in the top 20 best universities in the country for both ‘Computer Sciences’ and ‘Business and Management Studies’ by the Guardian University Guide 2017. Well-established industry connections, with companies like IBM, provide opportunities for collaborative projects and guest lectures from expert practitioners who will share their experiences, both challenges and successes.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised business qualification, which indicates the higher levels of knowledge and skills needed to implement change, turn threats into opportunities, sustain and improve competitive advantage locally, nationally and internationally.
This exciting new course is designed to develop your understanding of the global information technology environment to prepare you to become effective in a senior management role in the IT sector both within and beyond the UK.
You will examine the use of enterprise-wide information management systems within different business contexts and several commercial sectors to better understand how IT can positively impact on the structure and processes of a modern organisation, particularly in the light of changing external environments and rapidly developing technology.
A distinct advantage of our course is the fact you will receive training and practical exposure to two of the world’s leading software systems – Systems, Applications and Products (SAP), the leading provider of enterprise business applications and solutions, and Projects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2), recognised worldwide as the de facto project management process.
Course content has been designed with input from our Industry Advisory Board, whose membership includes companies in the wholesale industry. Their feedback tells us that employers are looking for graduates with management capabilities in addition to the expected IT skills, which is why our course provides a solid foundation in PRINCE2 techniques, which demonstrates your commitment to high quality management, control and organisation.
Our highly qualified staff are acknowledged experts in their field, with substantial academic and industrial expertise. This includes, for example, the country project director for IT for Shell International and ITV, former heads of IT, managing directors of software development houses and database specialists. They have or continue to conduct research into big data, internet protocols, knowledge management, education and healthcare, sharing this knowledge within their teaching.
Course content has been structured to enable you to achieve an integrated understanding of the operation and strategy of IT management, together with the appropriate intellectual, intercultural and personal skills required in the modern workplace.
We will look at current and emerging practices in the management of information technology systems, providing advanced knowledge and practical experience – through real-life case studies and work-based projects – of the specification, implementation and management of information systems in divergent organisational contexts.
We aim to develop and enhance your managerial, analytical, critical communication and presentation skills, developing your understanding of both the functional nature of business and the holistic nature of management. You’ll explore contemporary business issues, such as corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and the need to manage change across cultures to ensure successful global trade. We will also consider sources of financial information, examining the financial reports of real-world public companies, to develop your financial analysis skills.
To demonstrate you have acquired the skills and knowledge to pursue a professional career in the management of IT, your Master’s culminates in an independent project or dissertation. You will either solve a real practical problem with the application of best practice or conduct research into a chosen subject area. Recent projects within this area have covered topics as diverse as network security for SMEs and digital marketing strategies for a local community centre.
The master’s programme Computer Science taught in English at TU Graz offers you a vast number of opportunities to specialize in a particular field. You may choose 2 out of 12 areas of specialization, in which you wish to develop your expertise. You receive instruction from internationally recognized scientists and will be involved in research projects. You can take advantage of cooperative networks with top-universities in the USA, work with the best software and hardware and study at internationally acclaimed institutes.
Fiona Draxler, master's degree student in Computer Science:
"In my degree programme, I choose two majors and can choose my special subject areas according to my own interests. Many practical exercises are carried out in groups. In this way, we can help one another and gain a lot of experience with teamwork and organization."
You may choose 2 out of these 12 catalogues of elective courses:
For the individual courses, please see the semester plan.