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Computing (by Research), M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
The academic staff in the Applied Computing Department are all engaged in research and publications. Considering its modest size, ACD has successfully attracted research funding from various sources in the UK and the EU, including industry, research councils, HEA and EU framework projects such as FP6. Furthermore, ACD has been working and collaborating with many European research institutions.


For the academic year 2012-2013, 2 DPhil and 6 MSc students (1 in Mathematics) have graduated, four of whom graduated with Distinction. The 2 DPhil students have made it for the March graduation and we expect to have 3 or 4 more completing their DPhil research programmes for the next graduation. One of our new MPhil/DPhil students in Computing  joined the Department last October, and 3 other MPhil/DPhil students have joined us since. Over the last few years, the number of research students in ACD has grown steadily to (currently) 29 PhD and 2 Master’s research students.

We have had over 20 refereed conference and journal papers published during the last 12 months, and two of the papers have been awarded best paper awards.

As well as researching the chosen subject, our students engage in delivering seminars weekly, attending conferences and workshops, attending online webinars and discussion forums, attending training and focused group studies, supervising tutorial and laboratory sessions for undergraduate students, peer reviews and final year project supervision, among a host of technical and networking activities to enhance their skills and techniques.

Programme Structure

ACD supports diverse research topics addressing varied applied computing technologies such as:

  • Image processing and pattern recognition with applications in biometric-based person identification, image super-resolution, digital watermarking and steganography, content-based image / video indexing and retrieval, biomedical image analysis.
  • Multi-factor authentication and security algorithms.
  • Wireless networks technologies (Multi-frequency Software-Defined / Cognitive Radios, convergence and integration of different wireless technologies and standards such as WiFi and WiMax, IPv4 and IPv6, wireless mesh technologies, intrusion detection and prevention, efficiency and stability of ad hoc networks).
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Credits
      120 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: Lower Second Class

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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    General Requirements

    Applicants are normally expected to have a first or second class honours degree or significant experience in computing.

    Mature students:

    Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      13956 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 13952 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      7656 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 7652 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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    • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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