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High Performance Computing (Online Learning)

72 months
960 GBP/module
960 GBP/module
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This High Performance Computing (Online Learning) programme from The University of Edinburgh aims to provide you with in-demand skills and knowledge of the techniques and technologies underpinning parallelism and HPC. 


The learning outcomes of the High Performance Computing (Online Learning) programme are to:

  • equip you with an understanding of HPC architectures and technologies
  • equip you with expertise in advanced tools and techniques for HPC software development
  • enable you to apply this knowledge in order to exploit modern parallel and multicore computing systems in key scientific and commercial application areas
  • enable you to develop skills in problem-solving, project management, independent and critical thinking, team work, professionalism and communication
  • enable you to develop as HPC practitioners, able to apply current and emergent technologies in both industry and research
  • teach the leading-edge programming techniques required to exploit the power of the world’s largest parallel supercomputers

Career opportunities

Graduates from EPCC’s on-campus MSc programmes at The University of Edinburgh are in high demand from a wide range of companies ranging from multinationals, to subject matter experts both within the UK, Europe, and internationally.

Graduates are also in strong demand in academia as researchers in HPC, computational science fields, data science, and professionally for HPC services and centres underpinning research.

Initial graduate destinations for on-campus students over recent years include:

  • ARM
  • Intel
  • Amazon
  • MathWorks
  • NCR
  • Avaloq
  • Global Surface Intelligence
  • Boston Ltd
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
  • Leonardo
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)

EPCC itself also has 10 current EPCC staff members who are graduates of the on-campus programme.

Many students also go on to further study opportunities. 8 current University of Edinburgh EPCC PhD students are graduates of the MSc programme.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Message Passing Programming
  • Threaded Programming
  • Programming Skills
  • Software Development
  • Project Preparation
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as computer science and informatics, physics, mathematics, engineering, biology, chemistry and geosciences.
  • You must be a competent programmer in at least one of C, C++, Python, Fortran, or Java and should be familiar with mathematical concepts such as algebra, linear algebra and probability and statistics.
  • We will also consider your application if you don't have formal programming training (e.g. if you are primarily self-taught), or if you have a 2:2 honours degree with high marks in computational courses and/or additional relevant work experience. Your application should clearly demonstrate your relevant experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    960 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 960 GBP per module during 72 months.
  • National

    960 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 960 GBP per module during 72 months.
  • MSc - 10 credits £960, 20 credits £1915; 60 credits £5735
  • PgDip (ICL), PgCert (ICL), PgProfDev - 10 credits £960; 20 credits £1,915


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