MSc Computer Science By Research

You are taught by academics with specialist experience in areas including computer vision and medical imaging, autonomous systems and robotics, and human-computer interaction.

The Course

This programme gives you the opportunity to develop your expertise in a particular area of computer science and to consolidate your skills in preparation for positions in research development or technology management.

The flexible nature of this Master’s gives you the chance to undertake research in an area that is of interest to you or relevant to your current employment. Examples of recent projects by students include hybrid information systems management, machine vision system development for automatic identification of food blemishes, and using bio-inspired neural networks to prevent collisions between cars and pedestrians. Examples of research areas include robotics and autonomous systems, computer vision and image or video analysis, medical image analysis, social computing, games and serious gaming applications, and data science.

Engaging with the School’s research centres will give you access to expertise in areas including vision engineering, autonomous systems, social computing, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. Supported by an experienced supervisory team, you may have opportunities to publish your work in academic journals and present your findings at conferences.

Recent students have tackled business process reengineering, hybrid information systems management, computer games engines and using bio-inspired neural networks to prevent collisions with pedestrians. Current students are looking at topics including automated analysis of the game play in video games, development of a low-cost machine vision system for automatic identification of potato blemishes, electronic portfolio support in higher education and text mining in health related applications.

Example Research Areas:

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Device and System Design
  • Computer Vision and Image/Video Analysis
  • Medical Image Analysis
  • Data Analytics
  • Social Computing, Games and Serious
  • Gaming Applications
The flexible nature of the programme means that the students can either specify their own topics or can work on one of the titles suggested by our staff, examples of which are available on request.

Students are encouraged to look at the staff pages on the School website to discover what areas of research the tutors are currently involved in. The School’s research centre sites may also provide inspiration for projects.

Students will need to produce an outline proposal and will then be matched with an appropriate supervisory team.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. There is approximately equivalent to one hour of contact time per week in the form of a weekly supervision meeting.

Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
(including Alumni Scholarship*** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)****
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263


2018/19 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,260 £2,130
(including Alumni Scholarship** 25% reduction)
£3,195 £1,598
International £15,300 £7,650
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,300 £6,650
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £682 £682
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,219 £2,219


* Academic year August – July

*** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

****Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Faraz Janan

Academic Contact

Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This programme provides you with the opportunity to develop a specialism in an area of Computer Science. The study and development of research knowledge may allow students to consolidate their skills and secure positions in research development and the management of technology. There may also be potential to progress into more advanced MPhil/PhD research within the School. Employment opportunities are available in many areas of the computer science industry.


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Technical resources for Computer Science include research facilities and laboratories, a computer engineering workshop, workstations with full development software platforms and a range of equipment for loan including, Raspberry Pi, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality kit, smartphones and robots.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.