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Postgraduate study at Huddersfield 2017/18


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WELCOME Computing is a dynamic, ever-growing field. At Huddersfield pioneering, prestigious projects attract external funding and high-calibre researchers join our community. Our continuing commitment to excellence in computing is reflected in the achievements of our staff, students and business partnerships. Our staff are innovative and creative practitioners who bring energy and enthusiasm to their work. Links with industry ensure our teaching and research remain both relevant and current in a rapidly evolving technological world.

Professor Steve Donnelly Dean, School of Computing and Engineering 3


Whether you are interested in a taught course or research-led study, you’ll find some exciting opportunities in the Department of Informatics. From Master’s to post-doctoral level, we offer a professional and inspiring environment in which to study. Postgraduate study can be very rewarding; an investment in your future that could enhance your career prospects. Taught Courses The Department offers stimulating postgraduate taught courses covering both Computing and Information systems. Our taught Master’s courses are delivered with a balanced combination of theory and practice. Whether you're progressing from education or joining us from a career in industry, our courses will help you improve your management and project skills as well as challenge your approach to complex situations.

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By providing practical project experience, team-working opportunities and specialist knowledge of your chosen discipline we’ll help to develop your ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment. Research Courses Our research courses involve an in-depth study of a specific field across the Computing discipline. A Master’s by Research is the ideal option if you wish to undertake research and development to enhance your career with little or no formal taught component. If you would prefer to explore an entrepreneurial idea and undertake taught components, the Master’s in Enterprise is another alternative.

If you are looking for highly-focused research, we offer a number of flexible routes to a PhD. Whilst the challenge of undertaking a research degree is not to be underestimated, the rewards and benefits can be vast. For some, undertaking a research course will be the start of a career in academia, whilst for others it will prove invaluable to personal and career growth, developing a range of skills as well as making a contribution to an area of expertise. The information in this brochure will provide an overview of all the courses within this subject area. Specific entry requirements for all of our Informatics postgraduate courses and further detailed information can be found at

Three reasons to choose Computing at Huddersfield




Our taught postgraduate courses are accredited by the British Computer Society.

100%* of graduates from courses in this subject area go onto work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

In the REF 2014 the University saw a 150%** increase in research recognised as world leading.

*Information sourced (DLHE stats 13/14) **Information sourced from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 5


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Advanced Computer Science MSc

AT A GLANCE Duration Course starting in September and January 1 year full-time 2-3 years part-time

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a business computing/IS/ICT-related subject or an equivalent professional qualification.

This course has been designed to equip computing graduates and professionals with the advanced skills and knowledge to analyse, model, design, develop, implement and evaluate computer-based systems in a wide range of application environments. The growth of the internet and mobile industries for commercial transaction and information exchange has placed additional burdens on IT teams in organisations. In addition, the deployment of software systems on intranets and the internet is now of significant demand in the computing field and developers and IT managers must have the higher skills needed to deliver complete, robust hardware and software solutions for these environments. This perspective reflects the view adopted by employers in the IT industry who seek to recruit people that have the required technical competence in the field of applied IT. This course is modular and is taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, practicals and independent study. Structure The course covers the following modules: • Effective Research and Professional Practice • Advanced Software Development • Integrative Project • Autonomous and Autonomic Intelligent Systems • Web and Network Services • Parallel Computer Architectures and Computer Clusters • Change and Project Management • Individual Project

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

"This course gives you the opportunity to enhance your career prospects." Dr Steve Wade Senior Lecturer

Career Opportunities Graduates from this course have gone on to roles such as Business Intelligent Consultant, Software Developer, Technical Architect and Core Data Technician in organisations such as Capita, Loughtec Ltd, Red Kite Games Ltd and Department of Health.** ** Sourced LinkedIn, June 2016 7

Information Systems Management MSc

AT A GLANCE Duration Course starting in September and January 1 year full-time 2-3 years part-time

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a business computing/IS/ICT-related subject or an equivalent professional qualification.

Information Systems (IS) as a discipline is a combination of IT systems, business analysis, organisational and management theory, psychology and sociology.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

An organisation’s critical work systems are linked to the information systems that support them. In the context of this course we assume the term ‘information system’ involves computer technology. However, this course places more emphasis on the human and organisational aspects of IS than on the computer systems that may form part of them. This course has been developed to deliver the higher level, essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a role managing large-scale information systems. It will encourage you to reflect on the bigger picture of information systems management by taking a wider perspective on the strategic challenges that occur. The course will enable you to develop the skills and expertise required to become an innovative problem solver who can bridge the gap between those focused on IT and those focused on business. This course is modular and taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, practicals and independent study. Structure The course covers the following modules: • Effective Research and Professional Practice • Methods and Modelling • Information and Knowledge Management • Change and Project Management • Integrative Project • Web and Network Services • Semantic Web • Individual Project Career Opportunities Graduates from this course have gone on to roles such as Project Manager, Systems Analyst, Managing Director and Lecturer in organisations such as Sky Betting and Gaming, Economic Solutions, ECareer Advice and ICI.** ** Sourced LinkedIn, June 2016

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"The University is fantastic, it’s supportive and provides an excellent academic environment." Hadeel Jazza Information Systems Management MSc


Pioneering research

Our vibrant and innovative research community continues to grow and incorporates a flagship research centre, as well as numerous research groups.


The Centre for High Performance Intelligent Computing, commonly known as CHIC is our flagship centre and focusses on three aspects fundamental to the success of future computer systems: knowledge and reasoning, information and software engineering, and visualisation and human interfaces.

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Our Planning, Autonomy and Representation of Knowledge Group (PARK) had four papers accepted at the 2015 international joint conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI), the most prestigious AI conference in the world, which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The topics of our papers included Automated Planning, Logic Programming and Domain Model Configuration.

In addition to PARK, we also have a number of research groups: • High Performance Computing • Information and Systems Engineering • Pedagogical Research Group • Visualisation, Interaction and Vision.

Pioneering research

Key Project

Our academic staff are innovative practitioners with both industrial and research experience in the fields of computing, big data and autonomous and intelligent systems. They have international reputations and work closely with industry at a global level.

Grigoris Antoniou Professor of Semantic and Knowledge Technologies Professor Antoniou is a globally-acknowledged expert on knowledge representation and semantic technologies. He is leading on the Reasoning element of a major EU-funded international project, Mining and Reasoning with Legal Texts (MIREL). MIREL refers to the use of advanced information technology to search for legal data to aid decision-making and compliance.

The EU has awarded more than 1.2 million Euros for a fouryear research programme that pools expertise at universities in several European countries plus China, Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina. Professor Antoniou will lead on one of the most important elements of a multi-national research project that aims to make a major breakthrough in the burgeoning field of legal informatics.

Dr Mauro Vallati, a Senior Lecturer from PARK at the University, is closely involved in traffic systems research. He is developing a system that can control huge areas of a city’s transport network. Cameras and sensors feed data to a computer which makes its own “decisions”. The team was awarded first prize for its research of the use of Artificial Intelligence at the Second Autonomic Road Transport Systems Competition, held in Bordeaux.

In addition, Professor Antoniou has teamed up with communications giant British Telecom (BT), in a £57,000 funded project to develop ways of harnessing the full potential of diverse data from the so-called Internet of Things. If you would like to find out more about the research that is undertaken in this area, please visit computingandinformatics/ 11


Student Support Office, School of Computing and Engineering


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment. Located on one central town centre campus site, you’ll have access to all the learning resources and social amenities you’ll need.

Facilities Our courses have access to the contemporary equipment needed to help you gain a competitive advantage in the jobs market. Whatever your area of interest you'll have access to a wide range of cutting-edge computing facilities including: • SOL, the £100k computer cluster at the heart of our High Performance Computing facility. • Mobile, wireless and fixed computing facilities with Linux, Windows, and AppleMac workstations. • Online resources, including Unilearn – the virtual learning environment, giving you access to many of the study resources you'll need from any location. In term time our Library is open 24/7 with a huge amount of material available in book and journal form as well as online. 13

APPLY TO US We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to commence your journey as a postgraduate student here at Huddersfield. Now all you need to do is apply. You can make an online application for full-time courses, both taught and research. Simply visit howtoapply and complete our online application form.

If you’d like to speak with us about a specific course or would like to discuss part-time options, please see the ‘Get in Touch’ section below. Our tutors and course teams would love to chat with you about your interests and ambitions. We look forward to hearing from you.

GET IN TOUCH Course enquiries

Admissions team

School of Computing and Engineering

Tel. +44 (0)1484 473969 Email.

+44 (0)1484 473116 @hudcompeng

Research team Tel. +44 (0)1484 473503 Email.


Important Information – This brochure is provided for information only and will not form part of your student contract. For full, up to date details on our courses, including when and how that information may change, visit our website at

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Computing 2017/18 Postgraduate Guide  

The complete guide to postgraduate Computing at the University of Huddersfield. (2017/18 Edition)