We require a First or strong Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in computer science, or in a joint degree with at least 50% computer science content. Applicants with extensive computer science industrial experience and a good honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, may also be considered for admission.
Thus we assume that all students on the course have a good background in computer science, reflected, for example, in solid programing and software development skills.
Months of entry
Microprocessor manufacturers have recently presented the software industry with its most serious challenge ever, by switching from serial execution architectures clocked at ever-increasing clock rates to ever-more parallel multi-core architectures clocked at a constant (or even decreasing) clock rate. The consequences will be profound because parallel computational activities will need to be handled as the norm, rather than the exception; programmers of the future will need skills that are currently possessed by very few, due to the inherent complexities of parallel systems.
This pathway is centred round a core theme, Parallel Computing in the Multi-core Era , that introduces students to the aforementioned complexities, and provides techniques and tools that can alleviate the ensuing problems of correctness, reliability, performance and system management. Subsidiary themes allow students to investigate broader areas in which they might apply their newly learned skills.
Information for international students
All students are required to be proficient in spoken and written English. In order to be accepted onto an MSc programme in the School of Computer Science applicants need to provide evidence of having achieved the required level in one of the following english language qualifications:
- IELTS score of 6.5 minimum with 6 in all sub-categories
- Internet based TOEFL 100 ibt with no less than 23 in individual components
- Cambridge Proficiency Grade 'C'
- Pearson English overall 59 (writing 51)
- India: Central Board of Secondary Education Senior School Certificate Year XII (GPA >80)
- West Africa Education Certificate (WAEC) Grade B2
- Nigerian Education Council Certificate (NECO) Grade B2
If you envisage any difficulties in satisfying our English language requirements then please do let us know. The University offer a number of excellent pre-sessional English courses designed specifically to help international students meet our requirements prior to the start of their courses.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Computer Science
- +44 (0)161 275 6181
- +44 (0)161 275 6204