FAQs

Questions About:


Undergraduates

Can I use the PC laboratories outwith normal hours?

Yes, students of Computing can have 24-hour access to the labs, 7 days a week.


Can I work part-time while studying?

Yes. We encourage students to work with us as lab tutors helping younger students with practical work in lab classes. The work is safe, supervised, good fun, and helps you to learn, as well as giving you extra money! We give our lab tutors training before they start, so that you know what to do.


Can I use my own laptop in the School?

Yes, all the labs and teaching rooms, and the relax-areas are prepared for wireless networking, and we have areas specially set aside for laptop use in the special Lab 0 area.


Can I study overseas with this programme?

Yes, students of Computing can apply for a place on the Transatlantic Exchange Scheme, giving the possibility of spending your second year in North America. It's an excellent opportunity for an amazing year: one student who studied in New Jersey found it to be: "amazing" - she thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, and would highly recommend it. It is also possible to take a semester in a European country as part of an Erasmus exchange. Our students have previously studied in Sweden and other possible destinations are Germany and Spain.


MSc in Applied Computing

How do I apply?

Please see the prospectus for how to apply.

Is there a closing date for applications?

There is no official closing date, apart from the degree starting date in mid-September, but we will stop considering applications when the degree is full, so it is a good idea to apply as soon as you can.

Can I take the degree by part-time study?

No. At present the degree can only be taken full-time.

What are the fees for the degree, and where can I obtain funding?

Please see the prospectus for information on fees and funding.

How many students are on the degree?

Usually 20-30 students do the M.Sc./Diploma degree each year. Please note that (i) some of the modules in the programme are shared with other M.Sc. programmes and (ii) some of the teaching and resources may be shared with a B.Sc. programme.

Will I be able to get a computing job after doing this degree?

Obviously this depends on many factors, however most of the students who have taken this degree over the last 5 years are now in computing employment.

What are the contact hours?

In each of the first two semesters of the degree, you study 3 taught units. Each of these has roughly 3 lectures and two hours of supervised laboratory work each week. However, this is a full-time degree and you will need to spend much more time than the actual teaching hours working on the degree.

What is the balance between examination and coursework?

In most of the 6 taught units, coursework contributes 40% of the final mark, and the examination the other 60%.

What kinds of projects do students do?

A wide variety of projects is offered. Here are some recent project titles:

  • Picturing Emotions
  • Planet Rover Simulator
  • Argumentation and XML
  • Visual Gesture/Action Recognition
  • Financial forecasting with wavenets
  • A Blissymbolic Vocabulary Database
  • GIS Based Field Trip Tracking System
  • Colour and Text Reader for Dyslexic People
  • Investigation of Novel Alternatives to Windows
  • A computer based Interview for Children on Sensitive Issues

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