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 in our research groups to carry out your doctoral research under the supervision of one of our experienced academic staff.

We have an extensive range of specialist labs and facilities. We offer full-time and part-time routes to a research degree, and research programmes last 1, 2 or 3 years (MSc/MPhil/PhD).

As well as research skills, as an Essex research graduate you will acquire both technical knowledge and transferable skills in communication, time management and project management, and analytical and numerical skills. You will have the opportunity to present your work to peers within your research group, and at international conferences.

Our School actively seeks out talent around the world, and helps its students to develop into international researchers by providing Faculty and School scholarships.

Research topics and supervision

We offer postgraduate research courses spanning computer science, computation (incuding finance), and electronic 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

For more information on other funding opportunities please visit our scholarships and funding page.

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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