Masters | Postgraduate Course - Computer Science MSc by Research Course Details within University of Exeter

Postgraduate Admissions
Tel:+44 (0) 1392 723316
Email:pg-ad@exeter.ac.uk
Course Fees
UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time International: £23,000 full-time
Start Month(s)
September, January or April
Contact Name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Computer Science MSc by Research

Study Details

MSc by Research 2 years full-time, 2 years part-time

Areas of current interest include:

  • computer vision
  • knowledge representation and ontology
  • machine learning
  • nature-inspired computing
  • optimisation
  • shape representation

The department brings together Computer Scientists and Mathematicians working on a variety of modern-day, interdisciplinary topics including problems of knowledge representation, machine learning, optimisation, image and signal processing. We have our own Beowulf parallel machine and access to the University's EPSRC-funded IBM supercomputer SP3 system. 

In the area of machine learning, pattern analysis and statistical computation, which incorporates close collaboration with the mathematical sciences, we research a range of techniques for learning from data, including statistical and nature-inspired methods. Current and recent projects in this area have focused around application areas ranging from bio-medical imaging, face and speech recognition to air-traffic control and safety-critical software design. A strong research theme in this area is shape-based computer vision and image processing, particularly for image retrieval and object classification.

Research on optimisation methods focuses on techniques for evolutionary optimisation, particularly multi-objective optimisation. This work is currently being exploited in areas such as hydroinformatics, credit-card fraud detections, mobile phone network turning and bioinformatics problems. Closely related to these is research into biologically inspired algorithms, such as neural networks, swarm intelligence and artificial life, together with applications to bioinformatics.

Artificial intelligence research interests focus on spatial and temporal knowledge representation, with applications to geographical information science, and on the philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence and computer science.

In the area of hydroinformatics we are mainly concerned with the design and multi-objective optimisation of water distribution and related networks using iterative learning algorithms and neural networks; genetic algorithms; water systems. This is supported by EPSRC, EU and British Council contracts. The work involves collaboration with numerous UK and EU universities and industrial companies.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.