Faculty of Science



  • Full-time PhD 2-4 years
  • Part-time PhD 3-6 years

Entry requirements: We normally require a student to have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components)

Tuition fees


E-mail: fsci-pgadmissions@bath.ac.uk

PhD in Computer Science

Research in Computer Science is very broad, and very active - spanning areas from mathematics to engineering and psychology. The subject is still comparatively new, and research students have real opportunities to make significant contributions to emerging theories and technologies, which will have major impact on society. You will research fields as diverse and important as industry, education, health, entertainment and communication.

Our main research interests include Human Computer Interaction, Graphics and Media Technology, Mathematical Foundations, and Intelligent Systems. Research is pursued both in fundamental theoretical development and a range of application areas.

Why study Computer Science with us?

  • The Department is research focussed. It contains internationally recognized research leaders, working closely with students and postdoctorates from around the world.
  • We have strong and fruitful links with industry and collaborations with other research centres of excellence both nationally and internationally.

What will I learn?

Our research is strongly inter-disciplinary and combines practical application with a strong theoretical understanding. It is concerned with systems-wide issues in computer science ranging from mathematical foundations through visual and cognitive processes to media technology, human-centred design and collaborative systems.

A research degree in Computer Science from the University of Bath will equip you with the skills and understanding to shape the next generations of technologies which are transforming our world, whether as a leader in academic or industrial research, developing new products and systems, or applying your highly valued skills in any of the multitude of areas in which computers play an integral role in further progress.

At a glance

To find out more about opportunities for post graduate research please see our Computer Science PhD projects page.

For further information please see our department pages

Programme structure

Most research students who ‘do a PhD’ register in the first instance as probationer for the degree of PhD. Candidates are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

The confirmation of the PhD programme (and the end of the probationary period) is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and on oral examination which usually takes place 12 months after the initial registration.

The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.