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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Computational Biology Bioinformatics

Course type

Research

Course Summary

This multidisciplinary area is the study of computational systems that use ideas and gain inspiration from natural systems. The MRes programme explores current topics in natural computation, such as evolutionary algorithms, co-evolution, evolutionary design, nature-inspired optimisation techniques, evolutionary games, novel learning algorithms, artificial neural networks and theory of natural computation. There is an increasing need from industry for professionals with knowledge of natural computation techniques. Our graduates develop a solid foundation to pursue a research and development career in industry or further studies.

The MRes is a Masters degree by research. This means that you are taught core principles and then develop these skills by doing interesting, innovative research, supported by academic staff and peers. This is structured so that you learn how to plan, organise and manage your time; you learn what it is to be a scientific researcher; you help contribute to the development of new knowledge; you learn intellectual skills such as argumentation, exposition, and reasoning; and you develop as an individual by improving your communication skills, writing, collaborative working and e mini project module consists of a research project on the in-depth investigation of a chosen topic coming from industry (strongly encouraged) or academia. The compulsory Research Skills module provides you with the basis of transferable knowledge and skills necessary for a successful research-oriented career in industry or academia, with a particular orientation to computing-based disciplines. Your research thesis project consists of solving a substantial problem using natural computation techniques (including hybrid techniques). Industrial co-supervisors are used whenever appropriate, and you will be required to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to solve a difficult problem.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-19

Modules

MRes Thesis (120 Credits) - Core
Research Skills (10 Credits) - Core
Mini-project (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£4,320

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£21,420

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:1 Honours degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, or another science or engineering subject with a significant computing component. Students who have not studied in English must pass a recognised English test.

University information

As a Birmingham postgraduate you can expect to engage with challenging debates, theories and concepts and, in doing so, grow as an original thinker. The University of Birmingham is recognised internationally for excellence in teaching and research – 87% of research conducted at the University has a global impact. Birmingham understands that you want to study somewhere with a strong research culture, that delivers on your expectations. The...more