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MSc in Advanced Computing - Machine Learning, Data Mining and High Performance Computing

Awards Available MSc
Duration of programme One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available? Yes
Number of places Not fixed

Programme overview

Applications for this programme are now closed for 2014

Machine Learning, Data Mining and High- Performance Computing are concerned with the automated analysis of large-scale data by computer, in order to extract the useful knowledge hidden in it. Using state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence methods, this technology builds computer systems capable of learning from past experience, allowing them to adapt to new tasks, predict future developments, and provide intelligent decision support. Bristol's recent investment in the BlueCrystal supercomputer - and our Exabyte University research theme - show our commitment to research at the cutting edge in this area.

This programme is aimed at giving you a solid grounding in Machine Learning, Data Mining and High-Performance Computing technology, and will equip you with the skills necessary to construct and apply ML, DM and HPC tools and techniques to the solution of complex scientific and business problems.

Skilled professionals and researchers who are able to apply these technologies to current problems, and thereby push the limits of what computers can effectively do, are in high demand in today's job market.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or International equivalent) in Computer Science or related discipline. Applicants with a Mathematics or Statistics background may also be considered. Reasonable knowledge of programming is a prerequisite.

For information on international equivalent qualifications, please see our International Office website.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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Programme structure

In the introductory week you will take a programming proficiency test and will be placed in either an 'experienced' stream or a 'foundation' stream.

This programme is updated on an ongoing basis to keep it at the forefront of the discipline. Please refer to the School website for the latest information.

Depending on previous experience or preference, students take units such as:

  • Programming in C
  • Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • Learning in Autonomous Systems
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics Algorithms
  • Uncertainty Modelling for Intelligent Systems
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computational Bioinformatics
  • Artificial Intelligence with Logic Programming
  • Statistical Pattern Recognition
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Server Software
  • Robotics Skills
  • Research Skills

You must then complete a project that involves researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work. The project must contain a significant scientific or technical component and will usually involve a software development component. It is usually submitted in September.

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Get in touch

MSc in Advanced Computing (ML)
Graduate Education Team
University of Bristol
Merchant Venturers Building
Woodland Road

Postgraduate Engineering Virtual Open Day

Tel: +44 (0) 117 954 5130

International students

Open to international students? Yes

English-language requirements:

Profile E

For details of this Profile please see the University's English Language Requirements Policy, in addition to the standard entry requirements.

Find information for international students on eligibility, funding options and studying at Bristol.

Fees and funding

2014/15 fees

Full-time: UK/EU £7,700;
overseas £17,500
Part-time: UK/EU £3,850;
overseas n/a
Fees are quoted per annum and are subject to annual increase.

Funding options

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from the Student Funding Office.

Research Assessment Score

Unit of Assessment 23 applies. See Complete RAE listings for University of Bristol for further details.

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Applicant information

What happens after you apply to Bristol?

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