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Computing Science

MRes

Research insight

Use different methods to solve real world challenges

Industry links

Benefit from our extensive links with IT professionals

Flexible study

Tailor your learning to your interests and career

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
Duration:
2 Years
Start date:
2 September 2019
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Expand your expertise and carry out research that makes an impact. Our MRes Computer Science gives you the chance to find innovative solutions in your area of interest – whether that’s app development, IT infrastructure, or cybercrime.

Our part-time MRes Computing Science is designed to take your knowledge to the next level. We’ll challenge you to think about issues in the context of employer-driven needs and emerging markets.

Through distance learning approach, you’ll explore how we can use research to find innovative solutions. By the end of the course, you’ll have carried out your own research and feel confident applying a range of techniques to the computing industry.

At Staffordshire University, we’re recognised for our excellent teaching and research in engineering, technology and computing. We have connections with industry professionals and understand how research adds value to the sector.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MRes Computing Science

Course content

We’ve designed this course to give you the flexibility to focus on the area of computing science that interests you or that’s relevant to your career.

Not only will you research emerging trends, you’ll learn how to apply techniques to commercial contexts.

You’ll start the course by studying Applied Research methods. Then you’ll study Secondary Research where you’ll have the chance to delve into the literature in your area of interest.

You’ll also complete a discipline-specific module to develop your research skills. This will also involve creating a research proposal that will be the basis of your dissertation. It’s entirely up to you what your dissertation is about.

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.

Facilities

Careers

After completing your own research, you’ll have a unique insight into the industry that employers will value. Your expertise can be applied to roles such as:

  • Computer programmer
  • Computer systems specialist
  • System engineer
  • Technical consultant
  • Application analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant

Want to continue your research? After finishing course, have the skills you need for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you online with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision and assessment skills (including time management)

 

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

For the course starting on 2 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£3,803. per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£3,803. per year of study

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totaling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each 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.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MRes
Part-time, distance learning
2 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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