PhD Computer Science / Overview
Year of entry: 2021
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- Degree awarded
- 36 months full time (or 72 months part time)
- Entry requirements
The minimum academic entry requirements for a Doctorate programme are either:
i) a 2:1 UK Honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD
ii) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above and Masters award at Merit level in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD, or equivalent international qualifications
Whilst the most common first degree is Computer Science, we also consider students with backgrounds in an appropriate subject for the research topic (e.g. mathematics, physics, engineering, biology and medicine).
The Department may require a 1st Class Honours degree or international equivalent for some research projects. This requirement is specified at the discretion of the academic supervisor involved under the relevant advertised project.
- How to apply
- Apply online
You should include details of your previous study, your research project title and the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research.
We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor before submitting an application.
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The PhD is a three-year (or six year, if taken part-time) degree resulting in a substantial thesis.
As one of the largest Departments of in the UK we cover a huge spectrum of Computer Science topics. We currently have ten individual research groups ranging from Advanced Processor Technologies to Text Mining. Our core Computer Science research is augmented by interdisciplinary research taking place at the interface with discipline areas including mathematics, physics, medicine and biology. A detailed overview of the Department's research groups and core and interdisciplinary research themes can be found in the 'research' section of our website .
We're keen to receive applications from potential research students in all areas. Although your application is through the Department, you are basically applying for a place in a research group or with a particular supervisor. You therefore need to look through the research groups to find a suitable topic or potential supervisor. Alternatively you can identify a possible PhD project from our list of available projects.
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK students (per annum): £4,500
International, including EU, students (per annum): £24,500
UK students (per annum): £2,250
International, including EU, students (per annum): £12,250
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
Each year the Department provides a number of studentships, predominantly for UK and EU nationals. These studentships pay tuition fees and a stipend to cover living expenses for three years. Whilst funding for international students is limited, the Department sometimes offers funding (usually a contribution to tuition fees) to international PhD students with an exceptional academic background, or who have secured partial funding. Further information about Computer Science funding opportunities can be found in the funding section of our website .
In addition to Department level funding, Project Studentships are often available at various points throughout the year. The Project Studentships are attached to specific research projects taking place in the Department and are usually fully funded by the EPSRC, other Research Councils or Industry. They typically pay tuition fees and maintenance for three years. A list of current project studentships is available on our project studentship page .
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