Master of Research in Computer Science
(MRes in CS (Computing, Artificial Intelligence))

Begin your research journey by pursuing a MRes in Computer Science (eg Computing, Artificial Intelligence) with the University of Bolton. This programme will allow you to develop a wide array of academic skills, explore issues related to professional practice, advance your knowledge and capability in in the cutting areas of research in Computer Science (eg Computing, Artificial Intelligence).  https://www.bolton.ac.uk/course/RES006-F-UOB-XX

Course Details

Our MRes in Computer Science provides both students and early-stage researchers the opportunity to advance your research knowledge and skills in the key areas of Computer Science. You would be taught research design, the appropriate methods and analysis, explore insights through real-world case scenarios, discover trends in the field, and engage in collaborative work.

The cuulmination of your learning takes the form of a substantive independent research project agreed with your supervisor.

The MRes in Computer Science provides the opportunity to focus your research on numerous divergent and interrelated themes including but not limited to Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Embedded Computing, Software Engineering, Computer Vision, IOT, and Robotics.

At the University of Bolton, we boast a wide array of active researchers across various specialisms who will provide you with guidance and support throughout your research journey.

Highlights

  • A selected and active team of researchers with various specialisms to help provide both research and academic support
  • A small class size to encourage direct contact with the researchers; as we are focused on making you a relevant and active researcher.
  • We are rapidly developing active partnerships in industry, public sector and the international sector like the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), World Trade Organisation (WTO) etc.
  • Participate in collaborative research with both industry and public sector giving you a truly hands-on experience with over 10 industry partners.
  • Participation in conferences like the IEEE conferences etc. giving you further opportunities to expand your research output and network.

Key Features

  • Our research staff have a wide range of professional and research experience spanning different domains of Computer Science from IOT to Applied Machine Learning to Cyber Security.
  • Access to a growing number of Computer and Embedded Computing equipments available for testing and creating research prototypes.
  • A publication-centric approach to research and collaboration.
  • You should have at least two years of relevant work experience and an upper second class (2:1) UK honours degree/postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
  • We’ll consider your application if you don’t possess the above qualifications but have substantial work experience in a relevant field.
  • You may be required to attend an online interview as part of the application process.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.5 with normally no less than 6.0 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

An MRes in Computing opens doors to many career options both in academia and in the industry. These include:

  • Research Scientist
  • Academic Researcher
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Artificial Intelligence Scientist
  • Artificial Intelligence Engineer
  • Data Scientist (Computer Vision)
  • Data Scientist (Natural Language Processing)
  • Data Scientist (Audio Engineering)
  • Embedded Computing Scientist
  • Embedded Computing Engineer
  • Health Data Scientist
  • Machine Learning Scientist
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Prompt Engineering

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

Home Applicants

You may apply directly to the University using the University’s online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International Applicants

English Language Qualifications

Have you completed an English Language qualification prior to application or have a valid exemption as per the list below? (The qualification/exemption must be uploaded with this application) E.g. Applicants from Nigeria/Africa must upload their WAEC or NECO certificate before the application is submitted for a prompt response and offer.

Acceptable English Language Tests – Undergraduate and Postgraduate

These tests must have been taken within 2 years of the start of the course

Test Entry Requirements
IELTS Academic (taken within 2 years) Undergraduate programmes 6.0 with no band below 5.5
Postgraduate programmes as per entry requirements
IELTS Indicator Undergraduate programmes 6.0 with no band below 5.5
Postgraduate programmes as per entry requirements
PTE Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Overall score of 50 with no less than 42 in each componentPostgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Overall score of 58 with no less than 50 in each componentPostgraduate requiring IELTS 7.0
Overall score of 65 with no less than 58 in each component
TOEFL iBT Including Special Home Edition Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Overall score of 80 with the following component scores:
Reading – 18
Writing – 17
Listening – 17
Speaking – 20Postgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Overall Score of 88 with the following component scores:
Reading – 20
Writing – 19
Listening – 19
Speaking 21Postgraduate requiring IELTS 7.0
Overall Score of 100 with the following component scores:
Reading – 23
Writing – 24
Listening – 22
Speaking 22
Pearson Versant Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Overall score of 55Postgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Overall score of 60Postgraduate requiring IELTS 7.0
Overall score of 65
Trinity College (Integrated Skills) Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
ISE II –Distinction in each componentPostgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
ISE III – Pass in each componentPostgraduate requiring IELTS 7.0
ISE III – Merit in each component
Other qualifications we currently accept (which do not require an additional SELT)
GCSE in English Language (from a UK awarding body) Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Grade CPostgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Grade B
Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level English Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Grade C/C3 (20 points)Postgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Grade B/B3 (37 points)
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level English Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Grade D/D2 (46 points)Postgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Grade C/C2 (66 points)
IGCSE English as a First language (for syllabus 0500 Listening and Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate) Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Grade CPostgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Grade B
IGCSE English as a Second language (for syllabus 0510 Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate) Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Grade CPostgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Grade B
Cambridge Advanced English Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
170 points with no component below 160Postgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
180 points with no component below 170Postgraduate requiring IELTS 7.0
185 points with no component below 180
International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard or Higher Level English Language (Syllabus A) Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Grade 4Postgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Grade 5
International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard or Higher Level English Language (Syllabus B) Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Grade 5Postgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Grade 6
European Baccalaureate English Language Undergraduate and Postgraduate requiring IELTS6.0
Grade 70%Postgraduate requiring IELTS 6.5
Grade 80%

Acceptable European qualifications

English component must be obtained within the last 4 years

Country Qualification
Austria Reifeprufungszeugnis/Maturazeugnis at 2.0
Belgium Diplome d’acces a l’enseignment superieur/Diplome van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs at 75%
Bulgaria Diploma Za Sredno Obrazovanie at Grade 3
Croatia Svjedodzba o Maturi at grade 4.0
Cyprus Apolyterion at 15
Czech Republic Maturitni Zkou’ce/Maturita at grade 2.0
Denmark Studentereksamen/HF/HHX/HTX/IBB /Diplomingenior at grade 9
Estonia Riigieksamitunnistus or Gümnaasiumilõputunnistus at 70%
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus or Studentexamensbetyg at grade 5
France Baccalauréat (le bac) or the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat at grade 12.5
Germany Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife or Abitur or a Fachgebundene Hochschulreife at grade 2 / gut
Greece Apolyterion at grade 15
Hungary Erettsegi at grade 4
Italy Diploma di Esame di Stato at grade 8/80%
Latvia Atestats Par Visparejo Videjo Izglitib at grade 8
Lithuania Brandos Atestatas at grade 8
Malta Matriculation Certificate at grade C
Moldova Diploma de Bacalaureat or Atestat de Studii Medii de Cultura Generala at grade 9
Netherlands Diploma Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs (MBO) or Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) at grade 8
Norway Vitnemal-Videregaende Opplaering at grade 4
Poland Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci / Matura at grade 70%
Portugal Diploma de Ensino Secundario at grade 14
Romania Diploma de Bacalaureat (English with all components at B2)
Slovakia Vysvedcenie O Maturitnej at grade 2
Slovenia Maturitetno Spricevalo at grade 4
Spain Titulo de Bachillerato at grade 8
Sweden Fullstandigt Slutbetyg Fran Gymnasiesk at grade C
Switzerland Maturitatszeugnis or Maturite Federal at grade 5
Ukraine Aтестат про повну загальну середню освіту at grade 10

Acceptable International Regional qualifications

Must be obtained no more than 4 years before the proposed start date of the course

Country Qualification Grade
Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education Grade C in English
Botswana General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Grade C/4 in English
Brunei Cambridge O Level Grade C6 in English
Cameroon GCE O level Grade C in English
Hong Kong HKCEE Grade C in English (Syllabus B)
Hong Kong HKDSE Grade 4 in English
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Grade C in English
Malaysia Malaysian 1119 Grade 6C in English – IELTS 6.0
Singapore Singapore Cambridge O Level Grade C6 in English
South Africa South Africa National Senior Certificate Grade 5 in English
Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education Grade C in English
Uganda Certificate of Education Grade 6
Zambia Zambia School Certificate Grade 6 in English
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Grade C in English
Caribbean Examination Council General proficiency Grade III in English
Nigeria/Ghana WAEC/NECO Grade C6 in English

To continue your application go here.

The programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach, combining face-to-face sessions with online and practical work as appropriate. A range of learning and teaching methods will be employed, including (face-to-face or online) lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion groups, guest speakers and master classes. A significant amount of personal study time is expected to be undertaken by the student comprising, for example, background reading, online activities, assessment work and preparation for sessions. This programme adopts a blended style of learning and teaching, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.

The programme has been developed with a scaffold approach to assessment both within modules and between modules. A planned assessment strategy allows for:

  1. the development of research knowledge and transferable skills through relevant and flexible assessment methods.
  2. tailored assessments to enable the development of advanced knowledge and understanding in the student’s area of specialism.
  3. Initial assessment(s) in each module to support the completion of a later one, to provide feedback opportunities and reduce academic misconduct (See OfS B4 condition).
  4. At least half of the course is commonly devoted to one or more research projects (QAA MRes Characteristic)

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Academic Skills and Professional Development
  • MRes Specialism: Critical Insights
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Collaborative Research Project
  • Advanced Research Analysis and Methods
  • Dissertation