Computing class

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

Aimed at students who have a substantial background in computing and want to study advanced concepts and technologies in more depth, this course also features a Research Project in which you research a theoretical or practical problem under close academic supervision.

About the course


This taught postgraduate course offers you the opportunity to study a wide variety of topics in depth with dedicated experts.

It is aimed at students who have a substantial background in computing and who want to study advanced computing concepts and technologies in more depth.

A particular feature of this course is the MRes Research Project, in which you research a theoretical or practical problem over two terms under the close supervision of one or two academics.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry. For more information about each module please visit the Department of Computing's website.

Core modules

  • MRes Research Project (1st)
  • Short Introduction to Prolog
Autumn and Spring
  • Academic Writing MRes Advanced and HiPEDS 
  • Research Skills
  • MRes Research Project (2nd)
  • MRes Individual Project

Optional modules

Group 1

You choose three or four modules from below.
Courses marked * are half courses, and 2 half courses is equal to 1 full course.

  • Advanced Issues in Object Oriented Programming
  • Complexity
  • Computational Neurodynamics*
  • Computational Optimisation
  • Dataflow Computing in Space*
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Learning in Autonomous Systems*
  • Mathematics for Inference and Machine Learning
  • Medical Image Computing*
  • Modal Logic*
  • Privacy Enhancing Techniques*
  • Quantum Computing
  • Separation Logic: Local Reasoning about Programs*
  • Software Reliability
  • Advanced Computer Graphics
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Advanced Statistical Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Argumentation and Multi-agent Systems
  • Body Sensor Networks in the Internet of Things*
  • Computational Finance
  • Cryptography Engineering
  • Data Analysis and Probabilistic Inference
  • Large Scale Data Management*
  • Performance Engineering*
  • Scalable Distributed Systems Design*
Group 2

You choose up to 1 module from below.

  • Advanced Databases
  • Computer Vision
  • Dynamical Systems and Deep Learning
  • Information and Coding Theory
  • Type Systems for Programming Languages
  • Systems Verification
  • Logic-Based Learning
  • Custom Computing
  • Network and Web Security
  • Advanced Computer Architecture
  • Distributed Algorithms
Group 3 - choose up to 1

You choose up to 1 module from below.

Autumn and Spring
  • Prolog
  • Software Engineering for Industry

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree with a substantial computing component.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply onlineFor full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Further information

Find out more about the MRes in Advanced Computing, including more detailed course content.