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Computer Science MSc by Research

Course Description

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 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.

Key Features

The Computer Science department 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.

The MSc by Research Computer Science programme has 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 biosciences or cognate discipline and are looking to pursue a wholly research-based programme of study.


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.


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

Entry Requirements

MSc by Research Computer Science applicants should normally have a 2.1 Honours Degree or higher in Computer Science, Mathematics or a closely related discipline. IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

Course Fees

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