MSc Advanced Computing - Creative Technology

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

Games consoles and mobile devices are now ubiquitous, and computer graphics production has developed so rapidly that the best visual effects are those that you don't realise are there.

The Creative Technology programme is designed to introduce you to the rapidly emerging areas of computer science where technology impacts the creative design process. With a focus on the production of industry-relevant content, the programme introduces the theory behind animation and special effects production, interaction design and robotics. You will explore a wide range of topics, experience the entire creative design process and develop key skills in independent research.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

You will study taught units between September and mid-June. After completing the taught units, you will work on a project between mid-June and late September. 

Core units

  • Animation production
  • Character and set design
  • Computer graphics
  • Image processing and computer vision
  • Research skills
  • Server software
  • Web technologies

You will also be able to choose from a variety of optional units.

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

Find out more about the programme structure and units available for MSc Advanced Computing - Creative Technology

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a computer science or related discipline. Good knowledge of programming is essential.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


This programme is designed to give you a significant advantage in the fast-paced world of emerging creative technologies industries. The programme will also give you the knowledge and experience to continue studying for a PhD, or to enter a career in research. With strong links to industry through the faculty’s academic staff and the University's Careers Service, we are well placed to support you in your career aspirations in industry or furthering your academic career.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Due to the high volume of applications received, this programme is now closed to applicants from the UK and EU.

In the interests of selecting a balanced international student cohort, the Faculty of Engineering will continue to welcome applications from international students that fulfil our admissions criteria. The application deadline for international students is 18 August 2017. Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadline.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 31% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 56% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

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