The study of natural and artificial evolutionary and adaptive systems is at the heart of rapidly developing areas, ranging from artificial intelligence and autonomous robotics to neuroscience, consciousness and cognitive science.
Sussex is home to the Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems (EASy) research group which is renowned for its research in these interdisciplinary areas.
The course provides you with solid foundations in key areas such as adaptive systems, machine learning, biologically-inspired robotics, computational neuroscience, evolutionary computation and complex systems, as well as the opportunity to take a range of options in cutting-edge areas such as the science of consciousness. We also provide introductory courses in programming, enabling students from computing and non-computing backgrounds to access our specialist options.
This course was the first of its kind and remains the gold standard in its area. You will be taught by experts at the forefront of their fields and enjoy many opportunities to interact with a thriving community of active researchers.
You are assessed by coursework, unseen examinations, essays, programming projects and a 12,000-word dissertation.
Full-time course structure
We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.
Autumn term: Artificial Life • Intelligence in Animals and Machines • Mathematics and Computational Methods for Complex Systems • Object-Oriented Programming (students with sufficient programming experience may take Intelligent Systems Techniques • Applied Natural Language Processing • Advanced Software Engineering)
Spring term: Adaptive Systems • Neural Networks. Also two options from Computational Neuroscience • Generative Creativity • Image Processing • Machine Learning • Neuroscience of Consciousness • Sensory and Motor Functions of the Nervous System.
Summer term: you undertake a dissertation project under the supervision of a member of faculty, which is usually based on a programming project. This gives you the opportunity to develop further what you have learnt in the context of a piece of research. It is not unusual for work from dissertation projects to be published in conference proceedings or journals.
The part-time structure for each course is as follows:
Year 1: in each of the autumn and spring terms you take two modules. In the summer term you undertake work on the dissertation.
Year 2: in each of the autumn and spring terms you take two modules. In the spring and summer terms you complete work on the dissertation.
The University of Sussex
aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/