Imaging, Vision and High Performance Computing at Heriot-Watt University - UCAS

Heriot-Watt University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: The University of Edinburgh

Imaging, Vision and High Performance Computing (Taught)

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Course summary

Overview A pioneering degree combining Heriot-Watt University's world leading expertise in Signal and Image Processing with the University of Edinburgh’s globally respected capabilities in High Performance Computing. Register interest now for September 2024. This new degree starts in September 2024 subject to final approval. You can register your interest now before applications are officially open, using the link above. The MSc Imaging, Vision and High Performance Computing is a newly developed programme of study for graduates of science, engineering, or computing backgrounds. This degree will place you at the cutting-edge of science and technology, with skills in computational imaging algorithms and computer vision, as well as in High Performance Computing (HPC) hardware and software technologies. It is a programme of study which, for the first time, brings together the world-leading expertise of Heriot-Watt University in Signal and Image Processing with the University of Edinburgh's globally respected capability HPC. You will graduate simultaneously from both the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. Six reasons to study MSc Imaging, Vision and HPC in Edinburgh

  • Data scientists, data engineers, and business analysts are among the most sought-after careers and Edinburgh is intended to be the Data capital of Europe, with strategic Data-Driven Innovation Hubs such as the Bayes Centre, the National Robotarium, and the Edinburgh International Data Facility.
  • Scientists and Engineers with dual competence in Imaging/Vision and HPC are highly sought-after in both the academia and industry, and Edinburgh is also host to the Imaging Alliance, a geographic cluster of companies from both industry & academia, who share their technological skills & research expertise to stimulate new ideas.
  • You will acquire unique interdisciplinary knowledge at the interface between the foundations of Imaging and Vision, based on optimisation, machine learning, graph theory, and imaging technologies, and associated high-performance computing hardware and software technologies.
  • You will be exposed to specialised applications in computational imaging and computer vision in a variety of domains, ranging from astronomy to medicine, and from computer graphics to autonomous systems.
  • You will have access to advanced HPC systems available at EPCC, including Cirrus and ARCHER2.
  • Our programme is run by international leaders in their field from both Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.
A Partnership of World-Leading Departments The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University is renowned for world-class research in imaging and vision. The School's Signal and Image Processing Lab is a leading centre for computational imaging and computer vision, both nationally and internationally. The School of Informatics at University of Edinburgh is one of the most renowned in the world. It provides academic governance to EPCC, the UK's leading supercomputer centre, which has a global reputation for innovative and leading-edge HPC research and training. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), which assesses the quality of research of UK higher education institutions, the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University were jointly ranked first for Engineering research in Scotland, and third in the UK. The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and EPCC have obtained similarly impressive results in Computer Science research, being ranked first in Scotland and sixth in the UK in REF2021. More into Statistics than HPC? If you are willing to embark on an MSc in Imaging and Vision, but are more interested in complementing your education with foundational statistical aspects rather than HPC, check Heriot-Watt University's MSc in Computational Data Science.


Semester 1: Optimisation and Deep Learning for Imaging and Vision I Foundations of Learning and Computer Vision Threaded Programming High Performance Computing Architectures Message-Passing Programming Semester 2: Optimisation and Deep Learning for Imaging and Vision II Graph Methods for Imaging, Vision and Computing Advanced Parallel Techniques Performance Programming Machine Learning at Scale Semester 3: Dissertation in Imaging, Vision and HPC

Assessment method

Coursework, exams, and dissertation.

How to apply

International applicants

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we will need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS (score 6.5 or higher overall, with 6.0 in each element) or an acceptable equivalent.

Entry requirements

First or strong upper second-class honours degree (or its overseas equivalent) with strong competence across signal and image processing and programming (C, C++, Fortan, Java, or Python). Suitable candidates are likely to have studied a first degree in electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £15200 Whole course
Northern Ireland £15200 Whole course
Scotland £15200 Whole course
Wales £15200 Whole course
EU £33300 Whole course
International £33300 Whole course
Channel Islands £33300 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £33300 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support. View our full range of postgraduate scholarships on our website.

Imaging, Vision and High Performance Computing at Heriot-Watt University - UCAS