MSc by Research

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Course Overview

An MSc by research is taken in one year as a full-time student or in two years as a part-time student. The degree is awarded following the successful completion of a period of research, including the submission of a thesis and its subsequent examination, together with a seminar. The thesis is expected to display a particular knowledge of some part or aspect of the field of study, and to make a contribution to knowledge or understanding.


Course Structure

There are various milestones throughout the MSc year which will be assessed through formally required pieces of work. These include seminars, written work and oral deliverables. 

Students should aim to submit a thesis at the end of the 12 months registration period. The final deadline for submission falls three months later. No oral examination is held, unless either supervisor or assessor requests one.

Part-time MSc

Part-time students can take an MSc by research over a two-year period, with the milestones distributed accordingly over this duration.

Fees and Funding


Information on tuition fees for the 2016/17 academic year can be found on the Fees and Funding page.

Funding Opportunities

We regret that there is currently no Departmental funding available for an MSc by Research in Computer Science.

However, there are a number of resources which you might find useful in your search for alternative funding opportunities:

How to Apply

How to Apply

  • Step 1. Before making a formal application you should identify and contact a potential supervisor.
  • Step 2. We strongly recommend that you contact the potential supervisor prior to making your application. This will ensure that your proposal is within their area of interest and expertise. The processing of applications that do not identify a potential supervisor are very likely to be delayed.
  • Step 3. Applications for research programmes are made via the Online Applications Service (SELECT). You can complete your application in stages as our system allows you to save your progress and come back later to finish it.

Applications for research programmes can normally be submitted throughout the year. However, competition can be strong so you should apply as early as possible. In general, you should aim to apply early enough to allow enough time for you to provide evidence that all conditions of your offer are satisfied and so you can apply for accommodation and visas if travelling from overseas.

Once you have identified a potential supervisor, you will then need to submit an online application for your chosen research degree:

For all applications, please remember to include:

  • The name(s) of the supervisor(s) whose research groups you are interested in joining;
  • The project or area of research you are interested in;
  • Your research proposal;
  • Transcripts of your undergraduate and any Masters degrees.  Please ensure that you meet the minimum entry requirements;
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • An accepted English language certificate (if English is not your first language);
  • Details of how you intend to finance your studies.  If you have been awarded or intend to apply for scholarships, please give the names of the scholarships;
  • The names and email addresses of two referees who have agreed to provide you with references. At least one of these should be an academic reference. We advise that you get in touch with your referees before you submit your application, and let them know that they should expect a reference request.

If you do not have all the necessary documentation (for example, you may be waiting for your degree certificate or the results of your English Language test), you can still submit your application and upload further documents when they become available. In the case of English Language, please advise if you are due to take a test.

Please be aware that we may not be able to progress your application if you do not submit all of the required documentation outlined above. If you need any assistance during the process please email


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