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Graduate Admissions

The aim of the course is to provide preparation appropriate for undertaking a PhD programme in computer science. Students select five taught modules from a wide range of advanced topics in computer science from networking and systems measurements to denotational semantics, and from natural language processing to current applications and research in computer security. Students may also choose from a selection of topics borrowed from the Department of Engineering. Additionally, students take a mandatory, ungraded course in research skills which includes core and optional topics. 

Students also undertake a research project over two terms and submit a project report in mid-June. Research topic selection and planning occurs in the first term and the work is undertaken in subsequent terms. The taught modules are delivered in a range of styles. For example, there are traditional lecture courses, lecture courses with associated practical classes, reading clubs, and seminar style modules.

The course aims to:

  • give students, with relevant experience at first-degree level, the opportunity to carry out directed research in the discipline;
  • give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests;
  • provide preparation appropriate for undertaking a PhD programme in computer science;
  • provide the Faculty with an extended period in which to train students and then to judge the suitability of students for PhD study; and
  • offer a qualification that is valuable and highly marketable in its own right that equips its graduates with the skills and expertise to play leading roles in industrial and public-sector research.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, the students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their chosen area;
  • demonstrated some originality in the application of knowledge, together with an understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their chosen area;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies; and
  • demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Continuing

The minimum requirement for continuation to the PhD programme in computer science is that MPhil students achieve an overall pass in the taught modules and, separately, the project. The pass mark is 60 per cent; however, higher minimum requirements may be set at the discretion of the Department and Degree Committee.  Continuation to the PhD degree is dependent on the approval of the Department and Degree Committee.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Computer Science and Technology

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2018

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2017
Application deadline
March 29, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2018

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 6, 2017
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2017

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