The School of Physical Sciences is a partnership between the Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. The three Departments have a common academic ethos, strong mathematical and computational interests, and are dedicated to curiosity-driven research at the highest international levels. The Departments are research intensive and internationally focused. Each of our three subjects received the highest ratings of 4* and 3* in RAE 2008. The Departments enjoy a large degree of autonomy with individual research, teaching and financial strategies reflecting their distinct scientific cultures
This new MSc draws together expertise from the three departments that make up the School of Physical Sciences (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics) through a unifying theme of data, and in particular the role of uncertainty in modelling scientific data. It is intended that the themes developed in the MSc will be highly relevant to the new High Performance Computer (HPC) Facility to be established in Swansea. The programme both complements and extends the University's initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and their peripheries.
The key aim of the programme is to provide a broad education in modelling, uncertainty and the efficient analysis of (large) data sets. An important feature of the programme is that the techniques are not to be concentrated on one small area within a subset of the STEM subjects. The strategy is to provide a portfolio of cross-cutting techniques with emphasis on both theory and application so that problems in all STEM subject areas can be addressed. All departments within the School of Physical Sciences have expertise in the key modelling techniques to be delivered and each can contribute a number of highly relevant modules from their existing portfolios.
The platform of modelling tools to be delivered falls neatly into four categories;
•probability, statistics and numerical analysis
•programming and visualization
•distributed computation and data sets
•modelling of physical systems
currently centred primarily in Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics.
The programme provides a high-level education in modelling, not constrained by focusing on only one narrow subject area, and will allow graduates access to a wide range of career opportunities. The opportunities to embark on PhD programmes with a strong modelling flavour will be greater for graduates of this programme.
International Student Requirements:
Overseas equivalent qualifications may be considered.