Computing students

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Applications for 2018

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Aimed at students who have a substantial background in computing and want to study advanced concepts and technologies in more depth, this course also features a Research Project in which you research a theoretical or practical problem under close academic supervision.

This taught postgraduate course offers you the opportunity to study a wide variety of topics in depth with dedicated experts.

It is aimed at students who have a substantial background in computing and who want to study advanced computing concepts and technologies in more depth.

A particular feature of this course is the MRes Research Project, in which you research a theoretical or practical problem over two terms under the close supervision of one or two academics.


Our MRes in Advanced Computing enables you to pursue a rewarding career in Computing or a related profession. This one-year research Master's is a strong foundation for PhD studies.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.


Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

Academic Writing MRes Advanced and HiPEDS (Autumn and Spring)

How to critically assess and present technical content, presenting a summary of papers in a clear and compelling way, and an opportunity to study research papers in diverse topics.

MRes Individual Project (Summer)

MRes Research Project (first) (Autumn)

MRes Research Project (second) (Spring)

Research Skills (Autumn and Spring)

Introduction to research skills such as time management, technical writing, literature review and group working.

Short Introduction to Prolog (Autumn)

Introduces the concept of logic programming, and the syntax and procedural reading of the Prolog language. Developing the ability to write simple programs to query Prolog databases, and recursively process lists and other compound data structures.

Optional modules – Group 1

You choose three or four modules from below.

Advanced Computer Graphics (Spring)

Introduces modern techniques in realistic computer graphics and image synthesis, particularly image-based techniques for photorealism.

Advanced Issues in Object Oriented Programming (Autumn)

Discusses issues around the design and implementation of object oriented languages, the rationale and explore alternatives.

Advanced Robotics (Spring)

Addresses topics of advanced robotics, with a focus on real-time state estimation and mapping, with application to drones and Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Advanced Security* (Autumn)

Develops an advanced understanding of security topics from both a practical industrially-focused perspective, whilst also providing a storing research perspective.

Advanced Statistical Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition (Spring)

Provides the theoretical and computational skills to understand, design and implement modern statistical machine learning methodologies regarding statistical component analysis, statistical linear dynamical systems and other statistical models.

Argumentation and Multi-Agent Systems (Spring)

Focuses on the foundations and advances in Multi-Agent Systems, specifically the concepts and implementation techniques required.

Body Sensor Networks in the Internet of Things* (Spring)

Introduces the concept of Body Sensor Networks (BSN) under the general principle of Internet of Things (IoT).

Complexity (Autumn)

Describes the complexity classes associated with computational problems, and the ability to fit a particular problem into a class of related problems, and so to appreciate the efficiency attainable by algorithms to solve the particular problem.

Computational Finance (Spring)

Introduces the basic concepts of quantitative finance and financial engineering, including hedging and pricing problems in finance, and how to formulate these problems as mathematical models, and understand the computational techniques to solve the arising models.

Computational Optimisation (Autumn)

Develops a deep understanding of optimal decision making models, algorithms and applications to engineering, finance, and machine learning.

Concurrent Processes* (Autumn)

Covers basics of the: process algebra, semantics of the pi-calculus, and the applications of the pi-calculus.

Cryptography Engineering (Spring)

Teaches how cryptographic techniques can be used to design and implement secure communicating systems for a variety of different needs and applications, and to do so by considering all aspects from theory to more practical issues.

Data Analysis and Probabilistic Inference (Spring)

Aims to teach how probability can be used to make decisions by a computer. Inference networks form a major part of the material along with linear and non-linear methods in statistical pattern recognition.

Knowledge Representation (Autumn)

Presents the theoretical foundations for the main logic-based formalisms used for knowledge representation and reasoning in AI, particularly non-monotonic logics and consequence relations, and the computational basis of logic programming.

Large Scale Data Management* (Spring)

Covers the evolution of database systems in face of new requirements (different access patterns, scalability, relaxation of transactional guarantees) and new hardware (storage class memory, SSD, main memory and multicores.

Mathematics for Machine Learning (Autumn)

Provides the necessary mathematical background and skills to understand, design and implement modern statistical machine learning methodologies, and inference mechanisms.

Medical Image Computing* (Autumn)

Covers the fundamental concepts and methodologies of medical image computing and image analysis and relates those to clinical applications in diagnosis, therapy and intervention.

Modal Logic* (Autumn)

Develops skills in modal logics for specification, knowledge representation and practical reasoning in artificial intelligence and software engineering.

Performance Engineering* (Spring)

Introduces the fundamental principles and techniques used in the performance engineering practice. The problems discussed throughout the lectures are common in industrial ICT practice.

Principles of Decentralized Ledgers* (Spring)

Decentralised ledgers (such as Bitcoin and Ethereum) have gained rapid popularity, attracting the attention of academics, entrepreneurs, economists, and policy-makers. They promise and already create new disruptive markets, and revolutionize how we think of money and financial infrastructure.

Privacy Enhancing Techniques* (Autumn)

Introduces the fundamental concepts and techniques underlying privacy-enhancing technologies across a variety of areas.

Probabilistic Model Checking and Analysis (Spring)


Quantum Computing (Autumn)

Introduces the basic notions of quantum computing with particular emphasis on quantum algorithms.

Reinforcement Learning* (Autumn)

Covers the foundations and standard methods of reinforcement learning.  Reinforcement Learning (RL) is a growing sub-area of machine learning concerned with how an agent (computer, human or robot) should choose its actions in an environment so as to maximise some notion of (long-term) reward.

Scalable Distributed Systems Design* (Spring)

Provides an overview of the challenges when designing and engineering scalable distributed applications in data centre environments.

Separation Logic: Local Reasoning about Programs* (Autumn)

Introduces separation logic and associated verifications tools.

Software Reliability (Autumn)

Provides an overview of exciting recent research into techniques and tools which aim to help developers improve the reliability of their software.

Courses marked * are half courses, and 2 half courses is equal to 1 full course.

Optional modules – Group 2

You choose up to one module from below.

Advanced Computer Architecture (Spring)

Develops a thorough understanding of high-performance and energy-efficient computer architecture, as a basis for informed software performance engineering and as a foundation for advanced work in computer architecture, compiler design, operating systems and parallel processing.

Advanced Databases (Autumn)

Provides detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of how database management systems (DBMS) are programmed in SQL, how DBMSs may be linked to form distributed databases, and how DBMSs operate and are tuned to improve performance.

Computer Vision (Autumn)

Introduces the concepts behind computer-based recognition and extraction of features from raster images.

Custom Computing (Spring)

Custom computers are special-purpose systems customised for specific applications such as signal processing and database operations, when general-purpose computers are too slow, bulky or power hungry. Development of custom computers is an expensive, time-consuming and error-prone activity. This module introduces approaches enabling the rapid and systematic design of custom computers.

Distributed Algorithms (Spring)

Covers key concepts, problems and results in distributed algorithms. Providing an introduction on how to reason about the correctness of distributed algorithms and practical experience of programming them.

Dynamical Systems and Deep Learning (Autumn)

Introduces Deep Belief Nets and Convolutional Neural Nets which provide the two main tools in Deep Learning.

Information and Coding Theory (Autumn)

Provides an advanced introduction to information and coding theory which is essential to computer security (e.g. differential privacy, side channel attacks, etc.).

Logic-Based Learning (Spring)

Gives a foundation of knowledge and basic principles of logic-based learning, to develop basic skills in algorithms and heuristics, and to form a logic-based learning task to solve a given learning problem.

Network and Web Security (Spring)

Covers network and web security broadly from the network to the application layer. The emphasis of the module is on the underlying principles and techniques, with examples of how they are applied in practice.

Systems Verification (Spring)

Introduces formal methods for system specification and verification. Particular prominence is given to logic-based formalisms and techniques, notably model checking.

Type Systems for Programming Languages (Autumn)

Optional modules – Group 3

You choose up to one module from below.

Prolog (Autumn)

Introduces declarative relational programming using the logic based programming language, Prolog. Focus is on writing small Prolog applications an artificial intelligence dimension.

Software Engineering for Industry (Spring)

Focuses on the tools, techniques, practices and principles that software engineers use on a daily basis to successfully build, modify, maintain and grow the large software systems that form so much of the infrastructure of trade, commerce, communication and entertainment in the modern world.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


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Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.


We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree with a substantial computing component.

Applicants must provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. As well as entering the scores on the application form, applicants must ask the GRE organisation to send validating certificates to the department. We will consider only the first scores submitted.

While there is no minimum requirement for GRE scores, a strong application would include scores higher than 159 for Quantitative Reasoning and higher than 145 for Verbal Reasoning.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Further information

Department of Computing

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