University of Hull

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced Computer Science (Taught)

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Course summary

Computer science has an ever-greater influence on our lives, and the technological breakthroughs of today shape the way we live tomorrow. Opportunities continue to grow for highly skilled practitioners, and the taught Masters course allows you to make great advancements on your existing skills and knowledge. By the end of the programme you will be equipped to thrive in one of the fastest moving industries in the world. You will learn specialist computer science techniques and fundamental theories, but you’ll also have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice by developing applications and working with real software. We cover a range of topics, including real time graphics and computational science, and you can choose from options including artificial intelligence, robotics and visualisation – built upon a solid foundation of good programming skills. The course begins in September each year and lasts twelve months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. Computer Science at Hull aims to create an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the University, you can download the software free of charge.

Course details

Modules

Core module Computer Science Dissertation You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor. Compulsory modules C++ Programming and Design Develop a comprehensive understanding of C++. This module explores how to create efficient, robust, real-time applications in C++ and culminates in the development of a complex graphics-oriented solution. Real Time Graphics Gain essential knowledge and understanding, as well as practical tools of real-time 3D graphics rendering using modern programmable graphics hardware.​ Simulation and Artifical Intelligence Mathematical and physics simulation and artificial intelligence are two key components in games development. You'll gain an understanding of the theory and skills required to develop physically-based simulations and gain an introduction to artificial intelligence. You'll explore the accuracy of your simulations and investigate the application of artificial intelligence methods in video games.​ Visualization Study visual perception, scientific visualization and information visualization. You’ll then create visual displays that communicate the information held in big datasets. Development Project Study the theory and practice needed to develop software, based on realistic contexts and clients’ requirements. You'll learn through an authentic task-based approach to software development, with experience of leadership, cooperation and teamwork. Advanced Computational Science You’ll study the key concepts and techniques used to model a system, understand its limitations and develop appropriate AI architectures to solve computational problems.

Assessment method

Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. Written coursework is used to complement this. The largest assessment is the dissertation.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

How to apply

International applicants

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level. This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here. If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses. Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 Bachelor Honours (or equivalent) in “Computer Science” or “Software Engineering” with at least 40 credits (or equivalent) of a high-level objected oriented programming language such as Java, C++ or C#. You will be required to submit a personal statement as a part of your application which sets out the extent of your programming experience, stating languages used and levels of proficiency in each. If you would like to discuss this with a member of academic staff who can help you to assess whether their degree will be sufficient preparation then we will be happy to arrange this. You can email the Postgraduate Admissions Team at [email protected] On this programme, you will be required to independently develop software in C++ and will be expected to know how to do this before you arrive. All candidates will complete a programming audit test on arrival and should they not demonstrate the level of competence required they will be strongly advised to transfer to an alternative programme that does not have this requirement, either MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering) or MSc Computer Science (Security and Distributed Computing).


English language requirements

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level. This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here. If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses. Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Acceptable English language qualifications

https://www.hull.ac.uk/choose-hull/study-at-hull/admissions/english-language-requirements.aspx


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £11000 Whole course
EU £11000 Whole course
England £11000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £11000 Whole course
Scotland £11000 Whole course
Wales £11000 Whole course
Channel Islands £11000 Whole course
International £11000 Whole course

Additional fee information

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Advanced Computer Science at University of Hull - UCAS