Machine learning, data mining and high-performance computing are concerned with the automated analysis of large-scale data by computer, in order to extract the useful knowledge hidden in it. Using state-of-the-art artificial intelligence methods, this technology builds computer systems capable of learning from past experience, allowing them to adapt to new tasks, predict future developments, and provide intelligent decision support. Bristol's recent investment in the BlueCrystal supercomputer - and our Exabyte Informatics research theme - show our commitment to research at the cutting edge in this area.
This programme is aimed at giving you a solid grounding in machine learning, data mining and high-performance computing technology, and will equip you with the skills necessary to construct and apply these tools and techniques to the solution of complex scientific and business problems.
You must then complete a project that involves researching, planning and implementing a major piece of work. The project must contain a significant scientific or technical component and will usually involve a software development component. It is usually submitted in September.
This programme is updated on an ongoing basis to keep it at the forefront of the discipline. Please refer to the University's programme catalogue for the latest information on the most up-to-date programme structure.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
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Minimum required score (Grade C):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
Funding for international postgraduate students is limited and you must have enough funding in place for your living costs and your tuition before you arrive at university.Master's degrees
Funding for taught Master's degrees is limited to the DfID scheme, which is only open to students from Commonwealth developing countries coming to this University to study specific courses.Research degrees
PhD funding is more general - there are no limitations placed on nationality or course, providing Bristol is able to offer supervision for the topic being researched. A limited number of studentships are available for each area of study.
We recommend that you contact the British Council in your home country, and the department you want to study in at University, to see if they know of any funding available.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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