High Performance Computing
Awards: MSc, PgDip
Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
Programme website: High Performance Computing
You will study at EPCC, the UK’s leading supercomputing centre and a Centre of Excellence within the University's College of Science and Engineering. EPCC is a major provider of high performance computing (HPC) training in Europe with an international reputation for excellence in HPC education and research.
Our staff have a wealth of expertise across all areas of HPC, parallel programming technologies and data science.
This MSc programme has a strong practical focus and provide access to leading-edge HPC systems such as the UK national supercomputing service, currently ARCHER (118,000 processing cores), although it is possible during academic year 2019/20 that you will also receive access to its successor system.
HPC is the use of powerful processors, networks and parallel supercomputers to tackle problems that are very computationally or data-intensive. You will learn leading-edge HPC technologies and skills to exploit the full potential of the world’s largest supercomputers and multicore processors. This is a well-established programme that has been successful in training generations of specialists in parallel programming.
The MSc programme takes the form of two semesters of taught courses followed by a dissertation project.
Your studies will have a strong practical focus and you will have access to a wide range of HPC platforms and technologies. You will take six compulsory courses, which provide a broad-based coverage of the fundamentals of HPC, parallel computing and data science. The option courses focus on specialist areas relevant to computational science. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.
Compulsory courses: *
- HPC Architectures (Semester 1)
- Message-Passing Programming (Semester 1)
- Programming Skills (Semester 1)
- Threaded Programming (Semester 1)
- Software Development (Semester 2)
- Project Preparation (Semester 2)
Optional courses (at least 4 of): *
- Numerical Algorithms for High Performance Computing (Semester 1)
- Design and Analysis of Parallel Algorithms (Semester 1)
- Advanced Parallel Techniques (Semester 2)
- Advanced Message-passing Programming (Semester 2)
- Parallel Design Patterns (Semester 2)
- Performance Programming (Semester 2)
Optional Extension Courses (maximum two of, access may be subject to meeting individual course prerequisites):
- Fundamentals of Data Management (Semester 1)
- Data Analytics with High Performance Computing (Semester 2)
- Extreme Computing (Semester 1)
- Compiler Optimisation (Semester 2)
- One SCQF Level 11 course from the College of Science and Engineering
After completing the taught courses, students work on a three-month individual project leading to a dissertation.
Dissertation projects may be either research-based or industry-based with an external organisation, with opportunities for placements in local companies.
Industry-based dissertation projects
Through our strong links with industry, we offer our students the opportunity to undertake their dissertation project with one of a wide range of local, national and even international companies.
An industry-based dissertation project can give you the opportunity to enhance your skills and employability by tackling a real-world project, gaining workplace experience, exploring potential career paths and building relationships with industrial partners.
Our graduates are employed across a range of commercial areas, for example software development, petroleum engineering, finance and HPC support. Others have gone on to PhD research in fields that use HPC technologies, including astrophysics, biology, chemistry, geosciences, informatics and materials science.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You must also be a competent programmer, for example in C, C++, Python, Fortran, or Java.
We will also consider your application if you have equivalent work experience.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section
PTE(A): total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores
CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper
Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*
(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)
Find out more about our language requirements:
- Fees for MSc High Performance Computing - 1 Year (Full-time)
- Fees for MSc High Performance Computing - 3 Years (Part-time)
- Fees for PgDip High Performance Computing - 9 Months (Full-time)
Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:
- Postgraduate loans and bursaries for Scottish/EU students
- Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarships for UK and EU students
- John Fisher HPC Masters scholarships
- Edinburgh Global Scholarships
Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
MSc High Performance Computing - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc High Performance Computing - 3 Years (Part-time)
PgDip High Performance Computing - 9 Months (Full-time)
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.
Applications for our postgraduate taught programmes can be submitted at any time during the year, and will be evaluated as they are received. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but please do not be concerned if you do not hear initially as offers are regularly made in batches.
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