Computer Science PhD
Programme information was correct at 23 July 2013.
Qualifications and durations
- Full-time MPhil 1-3 years
- Full-time PhD 2-4 years
- Part-time MPhil 2-4 years
- Part-time PhD 3-6 years
Most students are registered in the first instance for the degree of MPhil. Students 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 transfer from MPhil to PhD is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination.
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.
Academic entry requirements
We normally require a student to have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject.
IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components).
TOEFL 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in the TWE or 92 (internet-based test) with not less than 21 in each of the components.
Two references are required.
For MPhil/PhD enquiries
Tel +44 (0) 1225 383410
See the Tuition Fees Schedule.
Research in our Computer Science Department is centred around a number of focused areas or themes. To find out more, please see our:
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The new Department of Computer Science began life in August 2001, emerging from the Computing Group of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. It is a research-led department with a strong record in interdisciplinary research and postgraduate teaching.
Our Masters programmes are designed to give you a wide range of knowledge so that you can build a career in the fast-moving industry of computing. The programmes are taught by recognised experts in each field, offering you, the student, a cutting-edge experience and a qualification which is both academic and commercially relevant. You will be exposed to the latest science and technology in your chosen specialist area, to complement previously-gained knowledge and skills from your undergraduate degree.
The Department supports a strategic range of computer science research at PhD level and beyond. 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.
EngD in Digital Media
The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Digital Media is an alternative to the traditional PhD for students who want a career in industry. A four-year programme combines PhD-level research projects with taught courses, and students spend about 75% of their time working directly with a company.
Facilities and equipment
LAN and WAN, state-of-the-art HCI laboratory, audio laboratory.
International and industrial links
The Department has active collaborations with academics in leading universities in Europe, Australasia, the USA and Japan. Strong links with industry, e.g. HP labs, Airbus, Qinetiq, Westland, Toshiba and Vodafone.
High employment records for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Good links with employers