Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in computer science, engineering, information system, e-business, or mathematics, with suitable programming and program design experience, subject to the postgraduate admissions regulations. UK: Upper Second Class Honours China: 1st tier universities: 75% or above; 2nd tier universities: 80% or above. North America: 3.0 cumulative GPA (out of 4) or; 3.2 cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme. Other regions: Equivalent academic qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes (Master of Research) in Computer Science programme is designed to develop students’ understanding of the research process and their ability to carry out research. It is for graduates from a computer-related discipline, who wish to investigate research as a possible career, or who wish to extend their knowledge of one particular facet of computing - possibly because it is difficult to find a taught MSc that fulfils their individual needs or covers an area for investigation in further depth.

This programme will equip students with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of:

  • advanced theoretical fundamentals of current trends in computer science;
  • state-of-the-art key research issues in specialised areas of computer science;
  • techniques for project management and for design, implementation and evaluation of an IT solution.

Students on this programme will undertake four taught modules corresponding to a third of the degree, typically in the first semester followed by a research project in the next two semesters for a total duration of 18 months. The precise content of the research project will be discussed and decided with the project supervisor and subject to approval, in the same way as for applications for PhD studies. Students will be qualified for positions that require an advanced understanding of computing in the chosen area, particularly where independence of thought and analytical skills are required. The department is equipped with specialist lab facilities for operating systems, networking, mobile computing and multimedia technology that will support the learning, teaching and research.

The CSSE Department is committed to providing world-class education and training. All the academic staff have extensive international experience in teaching, research and collaboration with industry. They are actively engaged in research of world quality with a large number of research publications every year, and have a successful record of attracting funding from various sources. By training at XJTLU, students will receive a unique education experience and benefit from the teaching and supervision of research by our staff, the well-designed programme and research projects, and transferable skills they will gain.

Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme will be professionals in their chosen area as an research and development engineer, a system developer and project leader in an IT company (such as MR research, Google and Facebook/RenRen) or directly go on further studies as a PhD candidate at XJTLU or a renowned overseas university.


Core Modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Project Management
  • Dissertation Project

Elective modules:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Mining and Big Data Analytics
  • Interactive Systems
  • Object Oriented Programming

Fees and funding

UK students
RMB 90,000
International students
RMB 90,000


XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants for September 2015 will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit, and no separate application is required.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

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