Postgraduate research courses
Our School has a large and thriving graduate research community. We
provide an active and stimulating environment to carry out your doctoral
research and have an extensive range of
specialist labs and facilities. We offer various routes to a research
If you wish to study for a PhD by research (with no taught element) then
you will initially be enrolled on a combined MPhil/PhD pathway. In your
second year of study, depending on your progress, a decision will be made as
to whether you will proceed towards an MPhil or a PhD.
An MPhil involves a minimum of two years of full-time research, the
product of which is a 50,000 word thesis on a topic which has an element of
A PhD requires a minimum of three years full-time research. The resulting
thesis is 80,000 words in length and is expected to extend the understanding
of a specialist topic beyond the current state of the art.
Following your two or three years of research, you are likely to need a
further period of up to one year for writing your thesis. Reduced
(completion) fees are charged during this time.
Our MPhil and PhD by research courses have no taught element but you may attend course modules on an informal basis (and see our New Route Integrated
PhD for an alternative that includes a taught element).
The MSc by dissertation involves a minimum of one year of full-time
research, during which you will produce a 30,000 word dissertation. Students
registered for this type of course usually have some prior experience in the
area they wish to research, for example from work in industry or a project
carried out during a first degree.
There is no taught element, although you may attend course modules on an
informal basis. You also have an option to upgrade to an MPhil or PhD by
research if you make good progress.
Our new route integrated PhD is for students who wish to complete both a
taught MSc and a PhD. In your first year you will follow the normal
programme of study for a specialist taught Masters degree. You will then
proceed to full-time research and would normally follow the MPhil and PhD by
The new route integrated PhD normally takes four years of full-time study
and research to complete. Following this you are likely to need a further
period of up to one year for writing up your thesis. Reduced (completion)
fees are charged during this time.
We offer this course in the area of computer science, with the first year
spent studying for our
We welcome applications from Home and EU students wishing to study
part-time, and from candidates working in UK industry who would like to
register for our MPhil/PhD by research or MSc by dissertation though
external research at their place of work on a part-time basis.
Our MPhil/PhD is also available to overseas candidates via distance
learning. You will initially register for six years of part-time research,
though this may be reduced to four or five years if your thesis is completed
within a shorter time period. As a distance learning PhD student you will be
expected to visit our University for at least one month every year, usually
in the summer, and must have suitable facilities available at your place of
work in your home country.
research finder lists all of the PhDs that we offer. If you have any
questions about undertaking postgraduate research in our School, please
Research topics and supervision
We offer postgraduate research courses spanning the computer science and
electrical engineering disciplines. You will find a range of research areas
in our School, from practical engineering through to theoretical
foundations, and from established subjects to newly emerging technology,
applications and fundamentals.
You do not have to choose a supervisor before you apply. If you indicate
your research topic or area of interest on your application form then we can
match you with a suitable project supervisor. However, please do feel free
to browse our
staff research interests and email
individuals to discuss your proposal. You can also
contact us and our Graduate Administrator can put you in touch with
potential supervisors as well as help with your application, visa and
Our Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI)
offers studentships in digital game research, design and development and artificial intelligence.
See Fees and Scholarships for
information about other funding opportunities.