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70 New MSc Scholarships in Computing & Engineering At Ulster

20th August 2013

The University of Ulster’s Faculty of Computing and Engineering is offering 70 new scholarships for postgraduate courses at its Jordanstown and Magee campuses.

Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry today announced that DEL would fund additional places on Masters courses at the University of Ulster.

The Minister said: “This investment in economically relevant Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) postgraduate courses will help improve the skills of our graduates to meet the needs of local employers and support economic growth.”

The Faculty of Computing and Engineering will use the DEL funding to offer 70 scholarships for full-time MSc courses.

Forty places will be allocated to a new MSc in Computational Intelligence in the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at Magee, while the remaining 30 places will be divided equally between two existing courses in the School of Engineering at Jordanstown – the MSc Advanced Composites and Polymers,  and the MSc in Biomedical Engineering. 

Professor Richard Millar, Dean of the Faculty of Computing & Engineering said: “We are delighted to receive DEL funding for these 70 places on our MSc degrees in subjects so important to the Northern Ireland economy. 

"These MSc programmes draw extensively from the Faculty's internationally-recognised research in computer science and engineering and will ensure that the students are equipped with highly sought-after expertise.

“The students will develop advanced and specialist skills in areas such as artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering, composites and polymers. These courses have been developed with industry to produce graduates who will be able to take the lead in a wide range of sectors including bioinformatics, financial market prediction, aerospace, transport and nanotechnology.” 

"These valuable scholarships will cover the university's fees for the one-year full time Masters degrees. This funding announcement is good news for the student and good news for the local computing and engineering industries."

Professor Millar continued: “While the main beneficiaries of this funding will be the graduates who are successful in gaining a scholarship, this initiative should also be seen as providing support for Northern Ireland’s burgeoning computing and engineering industry, as well as a vote of confidence in Computing and Engineering at Ulster. DEL’s support for these courses should be welcomed by all.”

Competition for the scholarships is expected to be very strong and anyone interested in securing a funded place on these MSc courses should apply as soon as possible. 

The MSc in Computational Intelligence is aimed at computing/electronic engineering or similar graduates who wish to develop advanced skills in the fast-growing area of artificial intelligence. It will equip students with highly sought after computational intelligence expertise in a wide range of applications and sectors including big data, financial services and medical and manufacturing informatics.

The MSc Advanced Composites and Polymers is aimed at engineering, technology or science graduates who wish to develop specialist skills in composites and polymers and has been designed to meet the needs of the local aerospace, transport and polymer processing industries. It draws extensively from the School of Engineering’s research in polymers, thermoplastic and thermoset composites and nanotechnology. 

The MSc Biomedical Engineering is a research led course based in the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC) which has been designed to support the growing Biomedical Engineering sector. It will recruit from a wide range of engineering/science/technology graduates who wish to pursue a career within Biomedical Engineering with typical dissertation topics including tissue engineering, biomaterials, signal processing and nanotechnology.

All Masters of Science courses in the Faculty will provide an excellent grounding for those interested in progressing to study at PhD level.

For further details about the computing scholarships, and eligibility, contact Course Director, Dr Tom Lunney, email:, telephone 028 7167 5388 or Michelle Stewart, email:, telephone 028 7167 5382.

For further details about the engineering scholarships, and eligibility, contact the Course Director, Dr Dorian Dixon, email, telephone 028 9036 6153.

All courses will commence in autumn 2013. To find out more about these and other postgraduate courses, click on Postgraduate Courses

Funding applies to NI, GB, EU (including RoI) students

Apply online

The application deadline for funded places is Friday 6th September at 4pm.


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