Computer Science

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The Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University is a leading computing department in Wales and one of the major UK departments for research and for teaching.

We are a research-driven computer science department, with research groups in Intelligent Robotics; Vision, Graphics and Visualisation; Advanced Reasoning; and Bioinformatics and Health Informatics. All research groups investigate and develop techniques and applications of intelligent systems where we actively encourage close inter-group working, giving a high degree of coherence to our research.

An MPhil degree in Computer Science is an opportunity to explore an area of research, supported by supervisors from our specialist research groups. There are about 20 students pursuing postgraduate research programmes in the Department at present, working alongside lecturers and research associates in a lively and well-integrated research community.

Grants from Research Councils and other sources may be available through the Department.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements 2:1 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants should submit a full research proposal at the point of application

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Course Overview

Members of staff are always happy to discuss possible MPhil research programmes with suitably qualified graduates.

PhD supervision is normally offered in areas which align to our research groups:

We also have considerably and widely recognised expertise in Software Engineering and Network Technology. Industrial collaborators include Ford, Jaguar Cars, Unilever, Daimler Benz, Integral Solutions Ltd., Costain and Glaxo.

We have a dedicated Physical Sciences library on campus that houses excellent research material for the study of computer science, mathematics and physics.

Researcher Development Programme

Aberystwyth is committed to the provision of an appropriate level of training for all its postgraduate students. As part of this commitment, the University has established a programme designed to help students develop the skills required to successfully complete their research degrees and also to improve their future employability. As such, all research postgraduates will undertake some institutionally-provided research training modules as part of theResearcher Development Programme.

About this course

Those interested in PhD study are encouraged to contact the department so that a viable research topic can be developed through discussion with members of staff with relevant research interests. Members of the department are always happy to consider research proposals relating to their research interests. 

To apply for a place on the MPhil programme you will need to prepare a research proposal, personal statement, complete an application form and provide two references. Please see the How to Apply pages for more detail.


To discuss possible research projects, please contact the Department at

For more information on the application process, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at or +44 (0)1970 622270.

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


Funding opportunities may be available; please check our funding calculator for details.