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Scientific Computing and Data Analysis, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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University rank #78 (QS) Durham, United Kingdom
The Scientific Computing and Data Analysis course offered by Durham University is intended to provide Masters-level education in Computer Science aspects of scientific computing (algorithms, data structures, implementation techniques and computer tool usage), in Mathematical aspects of data analysis and application knowledge in the chosen specialisation domain.

Overview

The Scientific Computing and Data Analysis course offered by Durham University is designed along five core educational aims:

  • Train the next generation of research-affine data and computational scientists and engineers for the UK high tech sector; they have to be equipped with a very solid understanding of the underlying computing technologies and methodologies
  • Equip you with the skills and knowledge to apply successfully for further higher education programmes (PhD) with a strong computing and data flavour in Durham or outstanding international institutions
  • Provide you with the opportunity to obtain a deep insight into the state-of-the-art in the respective application domain with respect to computational and data challenges
  • Enable you to bridge the widening gap between application domains, big data challenges and high-performance computing once you have mastered the course
  • Make you aware of the societal, economical and ethical responsibilities, opportunities and implications tied to massive data processing and compute power; this includes training on entrepreneurship.

Programme Structure

The course is designed such that:
  • you will obtain a solid baseline in methodological skills
  • you can either put emphasis on data analysis or scientific computing 
  • you will do a challenging project either within the methodological academic departments (Mathematical Sciences or Computing Science), or within the specialisation area, or in close cooperation with our industrial partners
  • you will acquire important professional skills spanning collaboration and project management, presentation and outreach as well we entrepreneurial thinking
  • you will study selected topics from your specialisation area with a strong emphasis on computational and data challenges.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper 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).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

A UK first or upper second class honours degree (BSc) or equivalent

  • In Physics or a subject with basic physics courses OR
  • In Computer Science OR
  • In Mathematics OR
  • In any natural sciences with a strong quantitative element.

We strongly encourage students to sign up for a specialisation area they already have some background of affinity. At the moment, the course thus targets primarily Physics students.

  • Programming knowledge on a L3 level in at least one programming language and commitment to learn C and Python independently if not known before. See Additional requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Durham

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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