Advanced Computational Methods

MSc, PGDip, 1-2 years, full-time

This is for you if... you are interested in how algorithms can be used in many different applications and sectors.

Course Description

The field of algorithms is today an extremely important enabling technology. Web search engines, keyword-based advertising, routing in the Internet, peer-to-peer networks, genome analysis, cryptography and image analysis are just a few examples of applications that depend critically on suitable choices of algorithms and data structures.

The focus of this MSc is on the design, analysis and engineering of algorithms, covering their use for modelling real-world problems. Our core modules touch upon some recent and important areas of algorithmic applications, including bioinformatics, large computer networks, game theory and discrete event systems, providing you with the tools needed to model large and complex systems as algorithmic processes, while training in C++ and advanced algorithm design will give you the skills to write the necessary software. In your project you have the freedom to explore the full range of algorithmic application areas.

Duration

The regular degree takes 12 months if you start in September, or 16 months if you start in January. The 'With Industry' degree takes 21 months if you start in September, or 24 months if you start in January.

NB. If you start your course in January, you will take Semester 2 before Semester 1.

Key Facts
Start date
January and September each year
Department
Informatics
Contact

+44 (0)116 252 2265
pgadmissions@le.ac.uk

Department of Informatics website

Why Leicester?

The Department of Informatics at Leicester is a thriving academic community with extensive experience in delivering high quality courses and undertaking pioneering research.

Most of our members of staff are actively engaged in research and are frequently guests of universities both in the UK and other countries to lecture on their work.

The Department has three Staff Student Committees - for undergraduates, postgraduates and PhDs - consisting of student representatives and members of staff. These provide a forum to discuss general issues and problems, and for staff to give feedback.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Optional Industry Placement

Optional Industry Placement

All of our Informatics MSc degrees are available with an optional (usually paid) industry placement. If you take a 'with Industry' degree, your qualification will be 'MSc in Advanced Computational Methods with Industry'

These 'with industry' degrees have been designed to stimulate your creativity and capacity to innovate, and ensure that you acquire key transferable skills. During the placement, you will be able to gain insight into industrial problems and practice that you can take forward into your individual project. You will also take two additional (non-credit) modules, preparing you for the job market.

NB. Applying for, and being accepted onto, a 'with Industry' MSc does not guarantee an industry placement. Although the University will provide every assistance, it is the responsibility of each student to arrange their own placement by successfully completing the placement company recruitment process.

Your industry placement will take place between the taught part of the course and your individual project. If for some reason you are unable to go on a placement, or choose not to, you will revert to the regular MSc course and proceed immediately to the individual project. You will not be charged the 'with industry' fee.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Individual Project

Individual Project

Your course will conclude with an individual project (after your industry placement, if you have taken one). Using the experience gained during your course/placement, you will choose a challenging problem to work on and explore it by privately studying under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. (Students studying for a PGDip don't complete a project.)

A Selection of Recent MSc Projects

Robust and Energy Efficient Wireless Sensor Networks

Wireless sensor networks are a new technology with a wide range of applications (from environment monitoring to surveillance) but subject to a number of energy constraints, many-to-one flows, and redundant low-rate data. Many routing protocols have been proposed for sensor networks that aim at achieving energy efficiency, but with little or no attention to robustness and fault-tolerance. This project addressed fault-tolerance in ad-hoc sensor network routing, namely the design and development of a robust and energy efficient routing protocol that distinguishes between local and large-scale traffic. A new multipath routing protocol was proposed and simulated which follows the 'number of hops' metric and employs a waiting time before transmitting messages to sink.

WSDL/BPEL to SRML Language Transformation

SRML is the Reference Modelling Language of the European project SENSORIA. It provides primitives for modelling and reasoning about business processes in a way that is independent of the languages used for executing them. This project developed a tool for generating SRML models from two specific industry standards: The Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), which is used for specifying business process based on Web Services, and the Web Services Description Languages (WSDL) – an XML format for describing network services. The encoding provides the means to create high-level declarative descriptions of BPEL/WSDL specifications that can be used for building more complex business process models that can include components specified in other languages.

XML Database for Bibliographic Information

Many people in industry and academia use a document typesetting system called LaTeX. Documents may be published in various formats including reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, authored books, and so on. BibTeX is the tool used by LaTeX for formatting lists of references that are to be incorporated within these documents. Although it is very effective, BibTeX has raised a practical concern due to its low level of abstraction, making it difficult to share bibliographic information among tools or people executing different activities (for instance, between the technical and the marketing staff within a company). In order to address this concern, this project developed an XML-based framework for managing bibliographies.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

What's the Difference?

The PGDip includes the same modules as the MSc but without the final project.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, self-paced learning and practicals. Assessment is a mix of coursework - computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects - and exams

The compulsory 'Personal and Group Skills' module combines seminars, group discussions and collective essay writing on selected topics, as well as a series of workshops on transferable skills and career planning.

Your project and, where relevant, industry placement will be assessed separately.

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject with a substantial element of Computing. Relevant work experience may also be considered.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in September 2016 or January 2017

    • MSc/PGDip: £7,500
    • MSc with Year in Industry: £8,625

    NB. The additional fee for the 'MSc with Year in Industry' variant is not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility? (MSc or MSc with Year in Industry only; not available for PGDip.)
  • Starting in September 2016 or January 2017

    • MSc/PGDip: £17,465
    • MSc with Year in Industry: £20,085

    NB. The additional fee for the 'MSc with industry' variant is not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

All our postgraduate Informatics degrees are available 'with industry': stimulating your creativity and capacity to innovate, and ensuring that you acquire key transferable skills. These courses will allow you to develop into a highly skilled professional, well versed in advanced methods and tools. Colleagues from industry participate directly in the delivery of some of the modules, including hands-on tutorials that allow you to use some of the tools and methodologies that are shaping the software development landscape.

We have an open approach to collaboration with industry. We undertake joint projects, provide consultancy services, and organise events to connect you with potential employers. We also run an Industrial Advisory Board: its members are computer scientists who hold successful careers in industry and who help us ensure that your training is industrially relevant.

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Advanced Computational Methods MSc or PGDip 12-16 months full-time January and September each year Apply Now
Advanced Computational Methods with Year in Industry MSc 21-24 months full-time January and September each year Apply Now
Course
Advanced Computational Methods
Qualification
MSc or PGDip
Duration
12-16 months full-time
Start Dates
January and September each year
Availability
Course
Advanced Computational Methods with Year in Industry
Qualification
MSc
Duration
21-24 months full-time
Start Dates
January and September each year
Availability