Computing Science MRes

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Location Distance Learning
Duration 2 Years

2019/20 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £3802.50 per year of study
  • International students: £3802.50 per year of study
Course start August, September
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Course outline

The Masters by Research (MRes) is a part-time distance learning Masters Degree by research allowing graduates from disciplines related to Computing and I.T. to develop their subject specific and personal skills through a programme of guided and structured research studies.  Delivered in the distance learning (DL) mode means that you will be able to access learning materials and interact with staff at the University remotely, using the latest technology and online resources. It is an intensive programme of research under the guidance of a research supervisor who is a specialist in the chosen area of research.  The general area of your study must fit in with the overall ‘flavour’ of the award, but within that general area you will be able to specialise in a topic negotiated between you and your supervisor according to a ‘Learning Contract’. The part-time route is very suitable for existing technologists, lecturers and teachers in academic institutions and may produce outcomes that are valuable to a current or potential employer. The distance learning mode of study is also suitable for learners whose situation allows them time to do online research but makes it more difficult to visit the University. 

For further information contact Dr Justin Champion

Course Handbook


Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £3802.50 per year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.


Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.”


Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won’t have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

For more information and how to apply click here.


Course content

The MRes programme by distance learning is demanding.  The distance learning MRes usually takes a minimum of two years to complete in the part-time mode and the maximum period of registration for part-time study is five years.  The course structure is heavily negotiated throughout so that it fits what you are interested in.  As with all research you will proceed at a pace that suits you, within the guidelines given above.  You will need to be highly motivated and personally well-organised.  The Programme begins with the Applied Research Methods which provides the research training you will use on the remainder of the course.  This runs in September each year, so the middle of September is the normal start time.  You will draw up a Learning Contract with your supervisor after the Applied Research Methods.  The remaining modules are taken sequentially. 

It is possible to finish the Programme with the award of Pg. Certificate after successfully completing the first two modules, a Pg. Diploma after two more modules and the Masters by Research after successful completion of the Masters Dissertation.  

Entry requirements

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related computing discipline

If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work. 

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

Graduate destinations

Currently we support research in the following areas of Computing Science, although these are not exclusive: Enterprise, Knowledge and Information Systems, Cloud Computing, Computer Games Programming, Software Engineering and Mobile Systems, the Internet of Things, Networks, Cybercrime and Embedded Systems, Web, Multimedia and Interactive Systems.  As an MRes graduate. you would be well suited to a career in any of these areas, or for Computing research in general.  The completion of the award often leads to a student being enabled to undertake a further two years of research for the award of PhD.  The MRes will gain you exemption from the research methods training course that PhD students usually have to take and will allow you to move directly to PhD study without going through the MPhil to PhD transfer, thereby reducing the time taken to complete the PhD by one year in most cases.  


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