PhD in Computer Science
The PhD is a three-year (or six year, if taken part-time) degree resulting in a substantial thesis.
As one of the largest Departments of in the USA we cover a huge spectrum of Computer Science topics. We currently have ten individual research groups ranging from Advanced Processor Technologies to Text Mining. Our core Computer Science research is augmented by interdisciplinary research taking place at the interface with discipline areas including mathematics, physics, medicine and biology.
We’re keen to receive applications from potential research students in all areas. Although your application is through the Department, you are basically applying for a place in a research group or with a particular supervisor. You therefore need to look through the research groups to find a suitable topic or potential supervisor.
Coursework and assessment
Programme unit list
The programme unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme of study.
|Scientific Methods II – Fundamental Aspects of Research Methodology||COMP85||5||Mandatory|
|Scientific Methods I – Scientific Evaluation, Experimental Design and Statistical Methods||COMP86||5||Mandatory|
|Scientific Methods III – Academic Writing and Impact Studies||COMP87||5||Mandatory|
|Starting Your Postgraduate Research||COMP88||0||Mandatory|
|Preparing Papers and Presentations||COMP89||0||Mandatory|
- 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.
Academic entry qualification overview
The minimum academic entry requirements for a Doctorate programme are either:
i) a 2:1 USA Honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD
ii) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above and Masters award at Merit level in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD, or equivalent international qualifications
Whilst the most common first degree is Computer Science, we also consider students with backgrounds in an appropriate subject for the research topic (e.g. mathematics, physics, engineering, biology and medicine).
The Department may require a 1st Class Honours degree or international equivalent for some research projects. This requirement is specified at the discretion of the academic supervisor involved under the relevant advertised project.
How your application is considered
We consider your full academic history including which course units you have taken and the marks obtained. Even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant undergraduate and postgraduate taught course units in our final decision making.
If you graduated more than three years ago, we will also consider the information contained on your CV and any relevant work experience you have to assess if you are still able to fulfil the entry criteria.