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MRes Computer Science/Information Systems

Computing skills such as programming underpin many core technologies are easily transferred to a wide variety or careers and roles.

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 accomplishments in academia or industry.

The course

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 MSc 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.

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Modules for 2014-15

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Admissions criteria

We welcome applications from computer literate graduates who have a good honours degree (normally 2:1 or above), or equivalent professional qualification in Computer Science, Information Systems or a related subject. We are always pleased to consider suitably qualified international applicants. If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of competence in English. Our standard requirement is an overall IELTS result of at least 6.5 with no area less than 6 (other English Language qualifications are accepted by the University), the University offers English language courses which can help you achieve this. We are committed to providing equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply

The course starts in September each year but applications are considered as they arrive throughout the year. Full details of the university application process, and the Online Application Service are available from the University's pages for prospective students. Please feel free to supplement your application with a detailed CV or any other supporting material you may consider to be appropriate.

If you have any questions about the course or the application process please contact the Admissions Tutor,

Key facts

Duration: 1 year, full-time.

Typical entry requirements: A good honours degree (normally 2i or above), or equivalent professional qualification in Computer Science, Information Systems or a related subject.

If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of competence in the language. Our standard requirement is an overall IELTS result of at least 6.5 with no area less than 6. Other qualifications are accepted.

Email: comsc-pgresearch@cs.cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: +4429 2087 4812

Why Cardiff?

Your future

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

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