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1 year

Part-time

2 years

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Brayford Pool

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CMSRESMS

MSc Computer Science By Research

Expertise in the School of Computer Science spans computing technologies and information systems, including robotics and autonomous systems, computer vision and image engineering, medical applications of technology, games computing, VR/AR, data science/ML/AI, and human-computer interaction.

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

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Course Code

CMSRESMS

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Dr Tryphon Lambrou - Programme Leader

Dr Tryphon Lambrou - Programme Leader

Dr Tryphon Lambrou joined the School of Computer Science in November 2012. Dr Lambrou's specialisms include Medical Imaging, Medical Signal/Image Processing, and Computer Vision. Before joining the University of Lincoln, Tryphon held several post-doctoral research posts with University College London and King's College London.

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Welcome to MSc Computer Science By Research

This research programme offers 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 students the chance to undertake research in an area that is of interest to them or relevant to their 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 games applications, and data science.

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

How You Study

The flexible nature of the programme means that the students can either specify their own topics or can work on one of the projects suggested by our academic 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 groups may also provide inspiration for projects. http://bit.ly/1T9PF0O

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 time is 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.

For more detailed information, please contact the Programme Leader.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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How you are assessed

An MSc by Research is usually awarded based on the quality of the student’s work and related thesis, and their ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

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:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

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
https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

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.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Research Areas and Topics

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 Games Applications

Special Features

There is a range of equipment for loan, including Raspberry Pi devices, smartphones, robots, and virtual reality equipment such as HTC Vive and Oculus Quest. Researchers in the School of Computer Science include Marc Hanheide, Professor of Intelligent Robotics and Interactive Systems, and Nigel Allinson MBE, Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering, who has been supported with a £3.3 million grant from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for advances in medical imaging.

Student using a HTC device.

Career Opportunities

This programme provides students 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, including within the School. Employment opportunities are available in many areas of the computer science industry and academia.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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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.
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