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The Department of Computer Science is an international centre of excellence and is located in the Merchant Venturers Building in the centre of Bristol along with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, bringing together the research in computing, communications, electronics and photonics within the University.

The Bristol region has one of Europe's largest concentrations of high-technology industry. Computers, communications and microelectronics are well represented, alongside digital media, computer games and electronic commerce. The Computer Science Department has close relationships with many of these organisations via collaborative projects, staff secondments and visiting industrial staff.

Research groups The Department of Computer Science has a large programme of research supported by industry, the European Union, and UK government research establishments and public corporations. The academic research programme is organised into the following groups:

The The undertakes innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research resulting in world leading technology in the areas of computer vision, image and video communications, content analysis and distributed sensor systems. Current research includes: images and video search and retrieval; video tracking; visual SLAM; medical and bio-imaging; machine vision; 3D and multi-view processing; colour science; high dynamic-range imaging, vision and graphics.

Our Members of the Our The newly formed We are also involved in a number of research centres spanning across different parts of the University. For example, the pioneering


Key research interests Centre for IT and Law Mr Andrew Charlesworth, Cryptography and information security.

Cryptography Dr Elisabeth Oswald, Cryptography and information security.

Dr Dan Page, Cryptography and information security; languages and architectures.

Professor Nigel Smart, Algorithms; cryptography and information security.

Dr Martijn Stam, Cryptography (hash functions); provable security.

Dr Theo Tryfonas, Information security; systems security; forensics

Dr Bodgan Warinschi, Cryptography and information systems.

Intelligent Systems Dr Rafal Bogacz, Computational neuroscience.

Dr Tilo Burghardt, Animal biometrics.

Dr Raphael Clifford, Algorithms.

Professor Peter Flach, Exabyte informatics; learning from structured data.

Dr Julian Gough, Bioinformatics.

Dr Steve Gregory, Complex network analysis.

Dr Conor Houghton, Mathematical and computational neuroscience.

Dr Tim Kovacs, Reinforcement learning; evolutionary computation.

Dr Oliver Ray, Scientific theory formation and revision.

Interaction and Graphics Dr Kirsten Cater, Graphics; public computing.

Dr David Coyle, Human-computer interaction.

Mr Colin Dalton, Vision.

Professor Mike Fraser, Mobile and wearable computing; public computing; robotics.

Dr Sriram Subramanian, Public computing; human-computer interaction.

Microelectronics Professor David Cliff, Large-scale complex IT systems; complex adaptive systems; financial markets; algorithmic trading; natural computing, especially evolutionary optimisation.

Dr Kerstin Eder, Design automation and verification.

Dr Simon Hollis, Computer architecture.

Dr Ian Hoyler, Languages and architectures.

Professor David May, System design and verification; languages and architectures; mobile and wearable computing; robotics.

Professor Dhiraj Pradhan, Design automation and verification.

Dr Chris Preist, Sustainable computing systems.

Mr Simon McIntosh Smith, New algorithms for novel architectures; many-core processor architectures; scaling applications to run on millions of cores; Microprocessor 2000.

Robotics Dr Andrew Calway, Mobile and wearable computing; robotics; vision.

Dr Neill Campbell, Robotics; vision.

Professor Mike Fraser, Mobile and wearable computing; public computing; robotics.

Dr Walterio Mayol-Cuevas, Mobile and wearable computing; robotics; vision.

Professor Majid Mirmehdi, Robotics; vision.

Visual Information Laboratory Dr Andrew Calway, Mobile and wearable computing; robotics; vision.

Dr Neill Campbell, Robotics, vision.

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Image and video processing; image fusion.

Dr Walterio Mayol-Cuevas, Mobile and wearable computing; robotics; vision.

Professor Majid Mirmehdi, Robotics; vision.

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

University requirements

Undergraduate applicants may use UCAS system or Common App (for all courses except medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences). International students may find country-specific admission criteria on the website. For instant, student from Russia with a Certificate of secondary education may be admitted to the Univeristy of Bristol only after foundation/bridging program, while those with International Baccalaureate/A-level degree may apply directly to undergraduate programs.

Graduate students have to use university's website for application. All documents should be uploaded on this website and the admission decision will also be provided on the website.

International students should provide English test results in order to apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs. University of Bristol accept various tests, including IELTS, TOEFL, CAE/CPE and some others. Language requirements may depend on the type of program: they are typically higher for Art&Humanities and lower for Science programs. For instance, the highest IELTS score required (profile A) for undergraduate and graduate programs is 7.5 (7.0 in each section).

Program requirements


An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Computer Science or related subject.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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