Research course

Natural Computation

University of Birmingham · Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

At least a 2.1 in Computer Science/Engineering, or a science/engineering degree with significant computing content. Applicants must possess competent mathematical skills. Students who have not studied in English must pass a recognised English test. This is a highly selective Masters Programme. We have only limited number of places available.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes in Natural Computation is a one-year full-time degree for students who have found their undergraduate study stimulating and want to learn in-depth about this emerging interdisciplinary field.

The programme is designed for highly competent students who are keen on research-oriented Masters programmes. It consists of a mini-project in the first semester and a major research project, which will be two-thirds of the entire Masters programme. Students will also study essential Research Skills, and a further 20 credits of optional modules from the following list:

  • Introduction to Evolutionary Computation
  • Introduction to Neural Computation
  • Intelligent Robotics (Extended)
  • Intelligent Data Analysis (Extended)
  • Planning (Extended)

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Information for international students

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT
International students
£17,910 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005