PhD Computer Science / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2023

How to apply

Before applying we strongly recommend that you:

  1. Identify the research project, CDT or dual-award you'd like to apply for or determine your own research proposal (including research project title)
  2. Find a supervisor and speak to them about supervising your research
  3. Decide how you will be funding your research and discuss this with your supervisor

In your application you'll need to include; your chosen research project or the name of the project you are proposing (and your research proposal) , the name of your supervisor , how you plan on funding your research , details of your previous study , and names and contact details of your two referees .

Once you have all of this information, you’re all set to apply online:

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Advice to applicants

Before you start your application, you should have:

You’ll also need to make sure you have the following to hand:

  • Certificates: Certificates and final transcripts of any completed university-level qualifications and interim transcripts for qualifications in progress. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, you must provide an official English translation.
  • CV: Summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your potential to conduct research.
  • Research proposal: If you are proposing your own project, your proposal should typically range between 1,000-1,500 words and should clearly outline your project title and supervisor. For information on how to write a research proposal, visit our research proposal page .
  • English language proof: All applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language so you'll need to include a certificate or evidence of your English language ability. Applications can be considered without this evidence but any offer would be conditional on meeting minimum requirements.
This information will be reviewed and used to shortlist you for a funding interview if appropriate; you should therefore ensure that you address all of the above requirements.

Interview requirements

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


It is normally possible to defer entry to another entry point within the academic year, with the approval of your supervisory team and funder (if applicable).

You can request a deferral by contacting the Doctoral Academy Admissions Team by emailing .

If you request deferral for entry in a subsequent academic year you may be required to re-apply.