MSc Parallel and Distributed Computing

Simon Taylor taylors at
Mon Jun 27 09:58:02 EST 1994

MSc in Parallel and Distributed Computing

The MSc in Parallel and Distributed Computing is a specialist, modular
postgraduate programme for computer scientists.  The MSc is also appropriate
for engineers, mathematicians and scientists with a good level of computing
skills.  Whilst maintaining high academic standards, the course is strongly
oriented towards the current requirements of industry and commerce in this
field.  Students may study in full-time (one year) or part-time (up to four
years) modes.

The course consists of taught modules and a project module.  Compulsory core
modules, comprising half the taught material, cover the following main topics:
Parallel Programming, Parallel Computer Architecture and Distributed
Processing Systems.  Elective modules, based on advanced topics or state of
the art applications, currently include: Performance Engineering, Mathematics
of Communicating Systems, Functional Programming Systems Implementation,
Scientific Computing, Discrete Event Simulation, Intelligent Vision Systems,
Control Systems, and Distributed Databases.  The project module is oriented
towards major research or industrial applications.  In most cases students
perform the project work in industry.

Job Prospects and Career Opportunities

Parallel and Distributed Computing is now making a significant impact on the
whole of information technology and there has been a recent rapid increase in
employment opportunities for graduates skilled in this discipline.  This trend
is driven in part by the replacement in industry of large mainframe computers
with networks of distributed workstations and personal computers.  Another
driving force is the need for high performance supercomputers in a number of
significant areas in the commercial and scientific worlds.  For a number of
years, the University of Westminster has been engaged in research in parallel
and distributed computing and has developed a close relationship with many
companies which are currently developing or using his technology.  The Centre
for Parallel Computing forms the research focus within the University.
Additionally, the University as a whole has a strong employment-oriented
ethos, and is ideally positioned to offer this MSc in central London.

Most students on the course can undertake their project in industry, and their
project is related to the objectives of the participating company.  The
students are fully itegrated into the company environment and are subject to
company disciplines during this period.  The students gain valuable work
experience from this scheme, which enhances their employment prospects.  The
placement also offers the students a major opportunity to establish their
future career with the host company.  Companies recognise the benefits of the
scheme, which include a unique opportunity to appraise a future employee in
the context of the company workplace.  The scheme operates very successfully,
and in most cases, industrially placed students have been offered immediate
contracts by the host company on completing their degrees.  In general terms,
the employment prospects of students graduating from the MSc in Parallel and
Distributed Computing are very good.  The majority of former graduates are in
full employment, using skills acquired on this course.

Enquiries to:

School of Computer Science and Information Systems Engineering
University of Westminster
115 New Cavendish Street
London W1M 8JS

Email:  taylors at
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