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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements English language requirements: * All applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not previously studied in an English speaking country for at least a year have to provide evidence of English language ability before they can register. The two international English language tests which are acceptable to the University are IELTS and TOEFL. * A minimum overall score of 6.5 is required from the IELTS test, with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing. * From a TOEFL paper based test the requirement is a minimum score of 580, with 4.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE). From a TOEFL computer based test the requirement is a minimum score of 240, with 4.0 on the essay rating. * If your English language is does not meet the above requirements it is possible to take a pre-sessional English language course at the University prior to registration as a postgraduate student. Further information on the English language requirements and on pre-sessional English language courses run by the University can be found at the University Language Centre Webpages. Academic entry requirements: * Candidates should normally have a minimum Upper Second (2:1)UK honours degree, or equivalent, in Computing, or related Science or Engineering subject with a significant Computing component. Programming competency is expected. Proficiency mathematics is also expected.
  • Academic Title
    Cognitive Systems MSc
  • Course description
    The course provides an unusually wide perspective on cognitive systems. It is rooted in established research strengths of the School of Computing and will offer you the opportunity to work as integral members of our world-class research groups during your main project.

    This course provides students with a broad exploration of cognitive systems, covering the different perspectives of evolutionary and adaptive systems, artificial intelligence and bio-computation.

    Duration
    12 months full time

    School of Computing
    The School is an established centre of excellence for computer science, artificial intelligence and more recently, informatics. The most recent Government Research Assessment Exercise gave the School one of the highest ratings (rated 5) for research affording it an international standing in areas such as artificial intelligence, scientific computing and visualization, algorithms and complexity, and Internet technologies. Not only does this confirm its status as one of the foremost IT research and learning centres in the UK, it also means that teaching staff are at the leading edge in their field so our students benefit from up-to-date teaching and learning.

    In addition to our credentials, we pride ourselves on our relaxed and friendly environment. Our investment in staff and facilities ensures that we can provide an excellent experience in a friendly and supportive environment.

    What you study

    The MSc is a twelve month modular programme which provides training by incorporating some compulsory and optional modules from the following areas:

        * Introduction to Systems Thinking
        * Computational Modeling
        * Envisioning Information
        * Learning and Reasoning
        * Vision
        * Language
        * Bioinspired Computing
        * Internet Application Development
        * Software Project Management
        * Software Engineering
        * Computer Security
        * Theoretical Computer Science
        * Architectures for Complex IT Systems
        * IT in Politics, Society and the Economy

    The research project which is worth 50% of the final mark will be undertaken in association with one of the School’s world class research groups e.g., the Computer Vision group- winners of the British Computing Society’s (BSC) Machine Intelligence prize 2004.

    (As a fast moving area these options are liable to change so for up to date information please contact us directly).

    How you study
    High-quality equipment is available throughout your studies, with in-house facilities reserved exclusively for students who are part of the School. The primary teaching resources are laboratories of Linux-based and top of the range Windows workstations. The School has a wireless network and in addition, a dial-in service, which allows you to connect to a server via a dial-up connection from a remote host, useful when studying off campus.
    The School offers dedicated MSc laboratories with access to the latest networked Windows 2000 and Linux machines, and provides students with access to high performance graphics and visualisation laboratories. Research facilities within the School include a virtual reality suite, access to the White Rose Grid, state-of-the-art video conferencing and a 3D visualisation holobench.

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