This is an innovative, research-oriented degree at the same academic level as our taught Masters. One-third of the degree is taught, and includes technical modules that are freely drawn from across the whole spectrum of ECS MSc postgraduate courses. The remainder is dedicated to an individual research project, working directly with your supervisor and based in one of the ECS research groups.
Except for this shift in balance between taught and research modules, the MSc by Research is different in a number of aspects. First of all, it runs (only) from the start of the 2nd semester (February), and might hence be an appropriate option if an October start is impossible or inconvenient. Secondly, an individual member of staff will need to agree to supervise you based upon your requested area of research. This is especially an advantage if you have already funding lined up for a PhD, and want to ensure that you can do exactly what your sponsor wants.
Please note that for the MSc by Research we will only do unconditional offers, so you should have satisfied all academic and English level requirements by the time of application. You should also add a brief description of your area of research interest.
This programme provides a stepping stone to a PhD, or can lead directly to an research and development career in industry.
* Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Computer Science in the 2012 QS World Rankings
* We are ranked in the top three universities in the UK for computer sciences and IT
* Southampton University has pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years
The MSc Research programme is available as one of three themes:
* MSc Research Computer Science
* MSc Research Electronic Engineering
* MSc Research Electrical Engineering
The programme will provide you with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of:
* advanced theoretical foundations of Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or Electrical Engineering
* techniques for design and evaluation of computing, electronic and/or electrical systems
* current important research issues and recent research developments in specialised areas
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Some students taking the course are sponsored by industry, while other students obtain financial support from local authorities, from professional institutions such as the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) or from Career Development Loans. If you wish to obtain such sponsorship, you must make your own private arrangements.