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Computer Science (MRes)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

This programme offers an accelerated and innovative route into research training and is particularly relevant for those who are seeking to prepare themselves for rapid PhD progression. While studying state-of-the-art topics from one of our internationally recognised research areas, this programme will equip you with the skills needed to accomplish the thinking, evidence and rigour for new technological and theoretical accomplishments in academia or industry.

Special Features

Course Description

This programme will provide you with an intensive, structured introduction to research if you are planning to become an academic or industrial researcher, or wish to prepare for future PhD studies. The programme is designed to develop core abilities that successful research depends upon. These include critical judgement, intellectual integrity and academic rigour.

The programme provides direct access to, and supervision from, research experts who provide invaluable context, support and feedback during a range of intensive core research modules. These are structured to let you exercise and develop your analytical, creative and scientifically rigorous skill set and will involve very small group teaching.

Your subject knowledge will be developed further through optional modules in areas of specialism and subject leadership from within the School including Informatics, Visual Computing and Distributed and Scientific Computing. Your choice of dissertation will align with this internationally recognised research in a topic based around your own areas of interest. The programme will leave you with a long-term career investment, enabling you to undertake with confidence, a complex future research study.

This degree programme follows a modular pattern based on two semesters with an initial emphasis on taught material and includes a substantial individual project completed during the summer. To achieve the MRes degree you will need 180 credits; 80 credits will come from taught modules and 100 credits from your project. This is a one year, full-time programme.

Research Areas

Please see our research degree pages for more information.

Career Prospects

This programme is an ideal introduction to your research career and is a sound basis from which to advance to a PhD in Computing.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or a equivalent professional qualification in Computer Science, Information Systems or a related subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area).

Application Notes

Application to this programme must be supported by one of the following:

For more information on what is required, please contact  

Next intake: October each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Helen Williams  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5586 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4598 


School Website:

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Funding Available

There are current funding opportunities for this course. Click here.

Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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