Taught course

High Performance and Scientific Computing

Swansea University · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

BSc in a scientific or engineering discipline with a grade of 2.2 or above is required. You must also be able to prove familiarity with a high level programming language such as Java, Python, C# etc., e.g. through the successful completion of a taught module that has been part of your curriculum or relevant industrial experience. You will be automatically matched to the route corresponding to your BSc. Where the qualification has no obvious matching route or you would like to follow a different route, an interview with the relevant subject programme directors will be required. English language requirement IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The MSc in High Performance and Scientific Computing is for you if you are a graduate in a scientific or engineering discipline and want to specialise in applications of High Performance computing in your chosen scientific area. During your studies you will develop your computational and scientific knowledge and skills in tandem helping emphasise their inter-dependence. On the course you will develop a solid knowledge base of high performance computing tools and concepts with a flexibility in terms of techniques and applications. You will take core computational modules in addition to specialising in high performance computing applications in a scientific discipline that defines the route you have chosen (Biosciences, Computer Science, Geography or Physics). You will also be encouraged to take at least one module in a related discipline.

Modules typically include:

• High Performance Computing in C/C++

• Operating Systems and Architectures

• Software Testing

• Programming in C/C++

• Differential Equations

• Numerics of ODEs and PDEs

• Quantum Information Processing

• Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page: www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Phil Jarman
+44 (0)1792 295142