PhD Computer Science / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2023

How to apply

Apply online  

Before applying we strongly recommend that you:  

  1. Either identify the research project or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) you'd like to apply for as given at , or produce your own research proposal (including research project title) as outlined at .
  2. Liaise with the supervisor you'd like to supervise your research.
  3. Decide how your research will be funded.

In your application you'll need to refer to; a) your chosen research project or own project name, b) your supervisor, c) your chosen funding option, and d) the details of your previous study – so make sure you’ve got that info to hand.

Advice to applicants

We require the following documents as part of an application.
  • Degree certificates and academic transcripts of previous university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must provide an official translation.
  • CV summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research. You must include the following:
  1. Work experience
  2. Any prizes/competitions that you have won for your academic work
  3. Experience of presenting your work at conferences/during your degree and list any research you have published
  4.  Details of your final year undergraduate project work and if appropriate your MSc project work
  5. Service and leadership (in any domain including extra curricula)
  6. Community activity (hackathons, societies etc)
  7. Teaching or training experience (including peer support and extra curricula)
  8. Soft skills: creativity, ability to work without constant supervision, good time management.
  • Research Proposal outlining your research project. You must include the following:
  1. Explain the importance of your research in the context of current knowledge
  2. Clearly identify the objectives of the research
  3. Literature review
  4. Explain the methodology to be employed
  • Two academic letters of reference provided by people who have knowledge of your academic ability. An automated e-mail will be sent your referees after submission of the application to make the reference request.

If English is not your first language, we also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

This information will also be used to shortlist you for funding interview if appropriate; you should therefore ensure that you address all requirements as outlined above.

How your application is considered

We consider your full academic history including which course units you have taken and the marks obtained. Even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant undergraduate and postgraduate taught course units in our final decision making.

If you graduated more than three years ago, we will also consider the information contained on your CV and any relevant work experience you have to assess if you are still able to fulfil the entry criteria.

Interview requirements

An interview is required for entry to this programme of study. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the admissions team.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

If you have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, please send a copy of your previous CAS statement to us as it will assist with the issue of your new CAS statement. This includes study in the UK on study abroad programmes and any study that you did not complete.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. The Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.


Admissions staff will decide whether to offer places to applicants for deferred entry on their courses and you should not assume that they will grant all such requests. If you request deferral for more than one year, you would normally be required to re-apply, as your chosen course, and your suitability for it, would change over time. English Language test results can only be considered to be current for two years from the test date.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.