This is a conversion postgraduate course for those who have already graduated in other disciplines but have little or no previous knowledge of computing. It leads to a Diploma (after 10 months) or MSc (where a substantial project follows the taught course, taking 12 months in total). The course begins a month earlier than the normal start of term, with a foundation course that runs during September. The course develops skills in problem-solving, algorithm design and program implementation. The main language used is Java, the object-oriented programming language which can be seamlessly integrated with the World Wide Web. Other topics include an introduction to operating systems, data structures, information systems, telematics, artificial intelligence and professional engineering issues. The taught course is assessed partly by a conventional examination and partly by continuous assessment of practical work set throughout the course. A Diploma may be awarded on the basis of this assessment; alternatively students who have attained a sufficiently high standard may elect to undertake a substantial project upon which they submit a dissertation for the degree of MSc.
MPhil/PhD in Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth has an international reputation for high quality research and was graded 4A in the 1996 UK Research Assessment Exercise. The principal research groups are: Advanced Reasoning, Computational Biology, Intelligent Robotics, Software Engineering. Under the heading ‘Centre for Intelligent Systems’ the department is designated a ‘Centre of Expertise’ by the Welsh Development Agency in recognition of the quality and industrial relevance of its work. Current industrial collaborators include Ford, Jaguar Cars, Unilever, Daimler benz, Integral Solutions Ltd., and Glaxo. Members of staff are always happy to discuss possible MPhil postgraduate research programmes with suitably qualified graduates. Research should normally be related to one of the main areas of research of the department. There are about 20 students pursuing postgraduate research programmes in the Department at present, working alongside lecturers and research associates in a lively and well-integrated research community. Grants from the Research Councils and other sources may be available through the Department.
PhD, PhD, MPhil, MPhil Award
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
36 month Duration