School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Research Degrees

Female student working with computers

A creative powerhouse

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 and we offer various routes to a research degree.

As well as technical skills, as an Essex graduate you will leave with both technical knowledge and transferable skills such as communication, team-working, analytical and numerical skills, time management and project management. Most of our undergraduate courses give you the option of spending a year on an industrial placement or studying abroad, which can make you stand out from the crowd in the graduate job market. Our School actively seeks out talent around the world, and helps them to develop into international researchers by providing Faculty and School scholarships.


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 and their 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 general enquiries.

PhD studentships

Our Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI) offers studentships in digital game research, design and development and artificial intelligence. Our scholarships and studentships page gives information about other funding opportunities.

I get to improve the world of video games and AI. Not only that, but I also have support from academics and other IGGI students, at one of the best institutions in the world when it comes to video games and AI. 
Mihail Morosan pHd Computational intelligence and game balance
Our Research

We have an international reputation for the outstanding quality of our research which is grouped into two themes: artificial intelligence and communications systems. In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework, more than two-thirds of our computer science research was classed as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).

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