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The MPhil in Scientific Computing is a 12-month full-time Master’s Degree, which has a research and a taught element. The research element is a project on a science or technology topic which is studied by means of scientific computation.

The topic of the research element defines a stream within the MPhil. There are three streams, namely

Further details for each stream can be found in their respective web pages.

The taught element comprises of core lecture courses (offered by the Centre for Scientific Computing) and elective lecture courses (offered by Master's-level courses in the University) relevant to the science or technology topic of the project. Most of the projects are expected to make use of the University’s High Performance Computing Service.

The structure of the course
Length: 12 months
Course structure:

Core taught courses: Michaelmas Term
Elective taught courses: Michaelmas and Lent Terms
Research Project/Dissertation: Lent and Easter Terms
Entrepreneurship/Simulation in Industry seminars: Easter and Lent Terms

Teaching methods: Lectures, practicals, tutorials, and supervision (for the dissertation)
Forms of assessment and weighting:

Written assignments (start of Lent Term), 25% credit
Examinations (Lent or Easter Term), 25% credit
Dissertation (15,000 word limit, submission date in August), 50% credit, examined by viva voce examination (September)

The students will attend lecture courses during Michaelmas Term (some courses may be during Lent Term) and then they will undertake a substantial Research Project over the next 6 months (from March to the end of August) in a participating Department. The research element aims to provide essential skills for continuation to a PhD programme or employment, as well as to assess and enhance the research capacity of the students. It is based on a science or technology topic which is studied by means of scientific computation. Research project topics will be provided by academic supervisors or by the industrial partners who are working with the participating Departments and may be sponsoring the research project.

A timeline of the year is shown below:


There is equal examination credit weighting between the taught and the research elements of the course, which is gained by submitting a dissertation on the project and by written assignments & examinations on the core and elective courses, respectively.

Weighting of the assessed course components is as follows: Dissertation (research) 50%; written assignments on the core courses 25%; written examinations on the elective courses 25%.