About This Course
The Computer Science Masters by Research programme is an advanced postgraduate research degree that emphasizes independent study of practice-led research. Working with a supervisor and on a specific subject area the programme allows students to focus on research. The degree exists to train researchers, which can lead onto professional work or used in preparation for a PhD. It can provide useful experience of what a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is like. The programme will follow typical research strategies of the topic of study, including related research, consider ethical viewpoints, look at alternative designs, development and implementation of suitable solutions, and evaluation of the work. As part of the programme, students will be encouraged to write appropriate research papers, publish the results of their research, promote and communicate their research publicly with presentations and conferences.
Choosing your research topic is an important task. Research topics need to be aligned with the topics of the research groups of the School, and aligned with the interests and experiences of a potential supervisor. Applicants should view the research groups of the School, and applicants are advised to identify the name of a potential research supervisor.
What will you study on this course?
For successful completion of the Computer Science MScRes, you will complete a written thesis, which is evaluated with an oral viva voce examination.
- Undergraduate degree, in an appropriate and suitable area for the topic proposed - normally 2:1 and above.
- IELTS 6.5
As part of the application, students will usually need to submit a research proposal. This will demonstrate your existing knowledge, and will outline the aims and objectives, and potential outcomes of the research.
Practice-led research provides opportunities for a wider range of job opportunities. It is highly regarded by employees, because the qualification demands you demonstrate critical thought, analysis, independent research and a deep dive into a particular topic, it will open up opportunities in the job market. It can lead to a particular profession, high-tech start-up, engineering, consultancies, technology companies, financial and business sectors, and other sectors including computer programming, computer games, human computer interaction, web development, interface design, electronics, automotive, electronic manufacturing. The research provides experience to continue to further research study in a MPhil or PhD.