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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    MRes

  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    23 August 2018

Course content

The MRes in Visual Computing is an ideal preparation for following a career of research or specialism within the area of study. In particular the MRes in Visual Computing seeks to prepare you for further research in the areas of Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Medical Imaging, and Scientific Visualisation.

We seek strongly motivated students who are able to carry out substantial individual study. Such students are likely to want to control their own time, carry out curiosity driven research to an advanced level, and follow self-study material in advanced topics.

You will decide upon your topic of research in discussion with your supervisor in an exciting and recent area of Visual Computing. In collaboration with your supervisor you will evaluate current research and carry your own research programme based on the contribution you will make. The Visual Computing research programme is supported by taught courses covering useful literature and skills.

Key Features of MRes in Visual Computing

  • Teaching score of Excellent.
  • Highest percentage of top-class researchers of any Computer Science department in Wales – and only 12 in the UK have higher.
  • 70% of the research activity assessed as world-leading or internationally-excellent.
  • Our industrial programme IT Wales which can arrange vacation employment placements.
  • A state-of-the-art education.
  • Friendly staff, committed to the highest standards.
  • A university with high success rate, low drop-out rate, and excellent student support.
  • Swansea's Library spends more per student on books and other resources than any other university in Wales, and most in the UK.

Visual Computing Course Content

Research Component

The main part of the MRes in Visual Computing is a substantial and challenging project involving cutting edge research. The project is an exciting opportunity for you to carry out research in the area of Visual Computing. You will produce an abstract of your work, a scientific paper, carry out a presentation and produce your final dissertation.

Taught Component

In addition to the research project, you can choose from a range of modules that provide skills and development training in different areas.

Modules in Visual Computing available currently include:

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (compulsory)
  • Data Visualisation (compulsory)
  • Graphics Processor Programming (compulsory)
  • Research Methodology (compulsory)
  • Visual Computing Project Development (compulsory)
  • Distributed Object-Oriented Programming
  • Interaction Technologies: Information Retrieval
  • High Performance Computing in C/C++
  • Interaction Technologies: Hardware and Devices

Facilities

The Department of Computer Science is well equipped for teaching, and is continually upgrading its laboratories to ensure equipment is up-to-date – equipment is never more than three years old, and rarely more than two. Currently, students use three fully networked laboratories: one, running Windows; another running Linux; and a project laboratory, containing specialised equipment. These laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog among many; 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.

Careers

All Computer Science courses including MRes in Visual Computing, 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.

90% of Swansea’s Computer Science graduates are in full-time employment or further study within six months of graduating (HESA June 2011).

Some example job titles from the HESA survey 2011:

  • Software Engineer: Motorola Solutions
  • Change Coordinator: Logica
  • Software Developer/Engineer: NS Technology
  • Workflow Developer: Irwin Mitchell
  • IT Developer: Crimsan Consultants
  • Consultant: Crimsan Consultants
  • Programmer: Evil Twin Artworks
  • Web Developer & Web Support: VSI Thinking
  • Software Developer: Wireless Innovations
  • Associate Business Application Analyst: CDC Software
  • Software Developer: OpenBet Technologies
  • Technical Support Consultant: Alterian
  • Programming: Rock It
  • Software Developer: BMJ Group

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*).


Visit the Visual Computing MRes page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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