University of Leicester

University of Leicester

Advanced Computational Methods

The field of algorithms is today an extremely important enabling technology. Web search-engines, routing in the internet, genome analysis, cryptography and image analysis are just a few examples of applications that depend critically on suitable choices of algorithms and data structures. The focus of this course is on the design, analysis and engineering of algorithms, covering their use for modelling real-world problems.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a good 2nd Class Honours BSc degree or qualification of equivalent standard recognised by the University in a subject with a substantial element of computing. Applications are treated on an individual basis, however, and so alternative qualifications may be considered, especially in the case of candidates with relevant work experience.

Course modules

Core modules: algorithms for bioinformatics; C++ programming and advanced algorithm design; discrete event systems; game theory in computer science; networking and distributed computing; personal and group skills. Option modules are chosen from the following lists: list 1: advanced system design; advanced web technologies; algorithms for bioinformatics; domain specific languages; financial information systems; generative development; semantic web; service-oriented architectures; software measurements and quality assurance; software reliability; system re-engineering. List 2: analysis and design of algorithms; applied numerical mathematics; communication and concurrency; compression methods for multimedia; cryptography and information security; distribution systems and applications; financial mathematics; operations research; programming secure and distributed systems; systems modelling; wavelets and signal processing; web technologies.

Assessment methods

Assessment of taught modules is by coursework and examination. Coursework consists of a mixture of computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects. The compulsory personal and group skills module combines attendance of seminars, group discussions and collective essay writing on topics selected for the seminars, as well as attendance at a series of workshops on transferable skills and career planning.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 17,465 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
PgDip Full-time October 2016 - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leicester Leicester LE1 7RH East Midlands

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