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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    October, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, Research Only

  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    20 August 2018

Course content

Computer Science is at the cutting edge of modern technology, and is developing rapidly and Swansea Computer Science graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects.

Computer Science now plays a part in almost every aspect of our lives - science, engineering, the media, entertainment, travel, commerce and industry, public services and the home.

The Computer Science department is always keen to attract applications from highly motivated and suitably qualified candidates to undertake postgraduate research in the Department of Computer Science.

As an MSc by Research (1 year) in Computer Science student you will be guided by internationally leading researchers and will carry out a large individual research project. You will be fully integrated into one of our established research groups and participate in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratories, and field work. 

The Department of Computer Science is amongst the top 25 in the UK, with a growing reputation in research both nationally and internationally. It is home to world class researchers, excellent teaching programmes and fine laboratory facilities.

All postgraduate Computer Science programmes will provide you the transferable skills and knowledge to help you take advantage of the excellent employment and career development prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry.

Programme Structure of MSc by Research in Computer Science

The MSc by Research in Computer Science degree enables you to pursue a one year individual programme of research and would normally terminate after a year. However, under appropriate circumstances, this first year of research can also be used in a progression to Year 2 of a PhD degree. 

The MSc by Research programmes including Computer Science, all have a recommended initial research training module (Science Skills & Research Methods), but otherwise has no taught element and is most suitable for you if you have an existing background in computer science or cognate discipline and are looking to pursue a wholly research-based programme of study.

You will be fully integrated into one of our established research groups and participate in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratories, and field work. 

The first part shall take the form of a thesis embodying the methods and results of the research project. All theses should be presented in accordance with the University’s Guide to the Submission and Presentation of a Thesis for Research Students.

The second part shall take the form of an oral examination (viva voce).

Facilities

As a postgraduate student in the Department of Computer Science you will have access to the following facilities and software:

  • Fully networked laboratory running Windows
  • Fully networked laboratory running Linux
  • Project laboratory containing specialized equipment

The above laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog. There are also integrated programme development environments such as Visual Studio and Netbeans; the widely used Microsoft Office Package; web access tools and many special purpose software tools including graphical rendering and image manipulation tools; expert system production tools; concurrent system modelling tools; World Wide Web authoring tools ; and databases.

Research

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Swansea Computer Science ranked 11th in the UK for percentage of world-leading research, and 1st in Wales for research excellence. 40% of our submitted research assessed as world-leading quality (4*).

Links with Industry

Each year our final year students in Computer Science participate in a project module. The projects involve working closely with an academic in an area related to research interests within the department, or supervised by an academic whilst working on a project suggested by a company.

Each spring, students prepare and present a poster about their project at a project fair – usually together with a system or software demonstration. We also strongly encourage students to create CVs and business cards to take along to the fair, as businesses and employers visit to view the range of projects and make contact with the graduating students.


Visit the Computer Science MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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