Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Computer Science is a broad and ever'expanding discipline, providing ample scope for students seeking to carry out original scientific research. Study Computer Science by Research at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll select from one of six research disciplines in order to take your first steps towards a scientific research'based career.

You’ll study in a department renowned for the quality of its research publications, with the Royal Holloway Department of Computer Science ranked 11th in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014). You’ll specialise in one of six research areas as you work towards your own unique individual project, studying under the guidance of an expert in your chosen field.

Strong graduates with a Computer Science background and students with professional experience will gain advanced, research'specific skills and academic knowledge to take forward into further study or their graduate careers. You’ll become a part of a lively research culture and a highly supportive staff network.

The Royal Holloway Department of Computer Science benefits from close proximity to the M4 corridor – also known as ‘England’s Silicon Valley’ – providing students with excellent networking, placement and collaboration opportunities. Follow your passion for Computer Science and graduate with a bright future in research.

' Study in a highly'regarded department, ranked 11th in the UK for the quality of its research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

' Select from six research disciplines, each led by expert academics.

' Benefit from strong industry ties, with close proximity to ‘England’s Silicon Valley’.

' Graduate with a Masters degree by research offering excellent graduate employability prospects.

' Tailor your learning with a wide range of engaging optional modules.

Course Modules

Core modules

Year 1

Research Project

Research Techniques

One of the following strands:

Machine Learning


Discrete Optimisation

Programming Languages and Compilers

Bioinformatics (Biological Sequence Analysis)


Students must take up to two half'unit taught courses as required by the Programme Director in consultation with the Supervisor. These will provide the necessary background for the research project for those students without the necessary previous experience.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Res) £4,121 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Res) £14,600 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Res) £4,121 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Res) £14,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • UK 2:1 (Honours) degree or equivalent in a related subject.
  • Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area will also be considered.
  • Specific requirements for the application may vary, depending on the school or department you are applying to, however most will require a brief research proposal that should be submitted along with the online application form.
  • English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.