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MRes Computer Science

Course Description

This programme is designed to develop your understanding of the research process. It is for graduates from a computer-related discipline who wish to investigate research as a possible career, or who wish to extend their knowledge of one particular facet of computing. This programme provides you with an MSc that allows you to focus on your desired specialism, whilst our international staff provide all necessary support.

This programme will equip you with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of:
• advanced theoretical fundamentals of current trends in computer science
• state-of-the-art key research issues in specialised areas of computer science
• techniques for project management and the design, implementation and evaluation of IT solutions

Students on this programme will undertake four taught modules corresponding to a third of the degree, typically in the first semester followed by a research project in the next two semesters for a total duration of 18 months. The precise content of the research project will be discussed and decided with the project supervisor and subject to approval, in the same way as for applications for PhD studies. Students will be qualified for positions that require an advanced understanding of computing in the chosen area, particularly where independence of thought and analytical skills are required. The department is equipped with specialist lab facilities for operating systems, networking, mobile computing and multimedia technology that will support the learning, teaching and research. The department is committed in providing world-class education and training. All the academic staff have extensive international experience in teaching, research and collaboration with industry. They are actively engaged in research of world quality with a large number of research publications every year, and have a successful record of attracting funding from various sources. By training at XJTLU, students will receive a unique education experience and benefit from the teaching and supervision of research by our staff, the well- designed programme and research projects, and transferable skills they will gain.


Core Modules
• Research Methods
• Project Management
• Dissertation Project

Elective modules
• Cloud Computing
• Data Mining and Big Data Analytics
• Interactive Systems
• Object Oriented Programming

What are my career prospects?

Graduates from this programme will find employment research and development engineers, systems developers and project leaders in IT companies, or will go on to further studies as a PhD candidate at XJTLU or a renowned overseas university.

Visit the MRes Computer Science page on the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

David Afolabi (research student)

2851.jpg “The fast pace of China’s development is fuelled by its technological advancements, and I decided that joining XJTLU will position me at the helm of cutting-edge and innovative technology. I studied computer science and technology at undergraduate level and I have not been disappointed by XJTLU’s unique mix of western and eastern educational and cultural styles.”


Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

50% ScholarshipXJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants will be considered for this scholarship based on academic merit.
Note: There are currently no scholarships available for part-time programmes.

The University of Liverpool discount If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20% of the tuition fee.

Corporate and Association Discounts

We are pleased to offer corporate and business/professional association discounts for managers

• For 2 or more managers from the same company or organisation for the same start date: 10% company discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer • For managers working for a company or organisation that is a paid-up member of an approved professional or industry association: 10% association discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer and/or the association
To sign up for the corporate or association discount or to enquire whether an association has already been approved by the University please contact [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off the tuition fee


All applicants for full-time programmes will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

For any enquiries regarding scholarships please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in a computer science-related discipline with suitable programming and programme design experience.

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