Faculty of Science

PhD in Computer 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: doctoraladmissions@bath.ac.uk

A research degree in Computer Science will equip you with the skills and understanding to shape the next generations of technologies which are transforming our world.

You can use these skills in academic or industrial research, to develop new products and systems in areas in which computers play an integral role.

Why study Computer Science with us?

We are one of the most research active computer science departments in the UK (see the latest UK Research Excellence Framework results) and we will support you to become a leading expert in academia or industry.

You will be supervised individually by academics who are at the forefront of computer science and offered specialised research training courses. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with academic and industrial partners in and outside the UK.

Our research is strongly interdisciplinary and combines practical applications with a sound theoretical understanding. Our main research interests include but are not limited to:

How to apply

Candidates are encouraged to have a look at our research projects and contact groups directly to discuss project and funding opportunities. You will then need to submit a formal application, following the instructions.


We offer various funding opportunities including the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (ART-AI) and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training: Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE).

At a glance

Find out more about opportunities for postgraduate research, or go to FindAPhD.com to see our projects. Go to our department research page to find out more about our research.

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.