MRes Computing

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MRes Computing covers relevant computing topics via taught modules leading to a research project.

It is designed to give the student the most flexibility in choosing modules and research areas within the Computing area that meet their own personal goals.

Key Facts

Course Length:
Full-time: Minimum 1 year, maximum 2 years Part-time: Minimum 2 years, maximum 4 years

Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Applied Computing
Contact Name:
Dr Carlene Campbell
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The enormous growth of the Internet, the proliferation of computer networks, programmable devices and information systems in various forms, and the highly accelerated rate of change ensures a continuing requirement for employees with contemporary computing related skills and qualifications. 

The Internet, in particular, is a major technological revolution that is having and will continue to have an enormous impact in society. The radical, transformational change that has been observed in the arena of computing, and organisations’ dependence on technology for competitive advantage are compelling reasons to incorporate new ideas, paradigms and technologies into computing related programmes.

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing. The content of the taught modules is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

You will study 60 credits of taught modules within the area of Computing which are most suited to your educational and research goals. This provides the underpinning required for a substantial research project.

Taught: 60 credits

  • Research Techniques (20 credits)

plus a choice of 2 modules from the following 20 credit modules:

  • Data Mining
  • Data Warehousing
  • Distributed Web Applications
  • Emerging Network Technologies
  • Implementing IP Routing
  • IP Switched Networks
  • Managing Information Systems and Projects
  • Network Security

Research: 120 credits

  • Research Project/Dissertation

This postgraduate degree scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the rapidly expanding computing and information systems industry within the UK, including research into new computing techniques.

Through our industrial links we have also developed a program structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry. This course is designed to give the student the most flexibility in choosing modules that meet their own personal goals. This approach gives students greater opportunity to develop skills most closely aligned to their own industrial experience and needs. Students are also invited to make a proposal for their own research project, within the area of Computing.

Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and they would normally have studied a computing-related discipline at undergraduate level. Graduates would seek positions in application development, business systems analysis, database development and administration, information systems consultancy and management etc. as well as in the research field.

The programme consists of 60 credits of taught modules in the Computing area, followed by a 120 credit self-directed research project (under the guidance of a supervisor) 

For the taught part, students are assessed through a combination of laboratory based practicals, assignments, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module.

The research work is assessed by written report and presentation.

An Honours Degree (2.2 or above) or advanced qualification in Computer Science or cognate discipline from a UK University or recognised overseas institution, or industrial experience in Computer Science and an Honours Degree.

Where English is not your first language, we ask that you hold an Academic IELTS test with a score of at least 6.0 (no element less than 5.5) or TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 (213 for computer based test).

The programme aims to impart the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing, teaching, lecturing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy. Recent statistics show that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.
Graduates would seek positions in application development, business systems analysis, database development and administration, information systems consultancy and management, networking, research etc.

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for the modules or research work but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.