Advanced Computer Science: Multi-Core Computing [MSc]
Microprocessor manufacturers have recently presented the software industry with its most serious challenge ever, by switching from serial execution architectures clocked at ever-increasing clock rates to ever-more parallel multi-core architectures clocked at a constant (or even decreasing) clock rate. The consequences will be profound because parallel computational activities will need to be handled as the norm, rather than the exception; programmers of the future will need skills that are currently possessed by very few, due to the inherent complexities of parallel systems.
Pathways and specialisation
In the School of Computer Science, we recognise that it is not always possible to know in advance whether and within which academic field you wish to specialise. Therefore, you can start on the ACS course, choose themes and course units following our information sessions during Welcome Week, and even change your specialisation after arriving.
For example a student who enrols on the Advanced Computer Science course might decide during their studies that they wish to have a specialisation reflected in their degree title. If the student's study choices fit one of our pathways, then they can opt to have this pathway added as a specialisation at any time whilst studying at Manchester.
We have also made it easy for a student who enrols on a specialising pathway to decide later that they would prefer to have a broader skills set reflected in their degree title. To enable this we have made it very easy for a student to transfer from a pathway to the Advanced Computer Science course.
Please see the left hand navigation for a list of available pathways.