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How to apply for a PhD

Applications can be made online from the College page on MPhil/PhD in Computer Science and Information Systems. Please include the following documents together with your application:

In addition, international applicants must meet College's General English Language requirements.

Given that this is a research programme, we do consider an applicant's proposed area of research when considering an application. Our admission process includes an interview that is conducted by at least two members of staff, including the potential supervisor of the PhD student, to discuss about the proposed research. We are, thus, unablle to process applications without a research proposal. The only exception is applications that relate to a specific research project, such as projects funded by industry, or R&D funding agencies (national or international), where the research plan is already described.

In the last research evaluation of academic departments (Research Excellence Framework-REF 2014), almost all of the Department's research activity was judged as being of international significance. Specifically for research outputs, which include research published by our PhD students, 32% were judged as being world-leading (the highest possible category, placing us 11th out of 89 Computer Science departments in the UK) and 45.1% as internationally recognised.

Potential applicants are welcome to contact academic staff about their research before making a formal application. Information about the Department's research groups is here, and the research activities of individual staff can be found their personal web pages. The Research Admissions Tutor, Professor George Magoulas, can also be contacted with general enquiries about research activities.

A small number of studentships covering fees are available in the Department each year. Demand for these is very high and early application is advised. Please refer to the College's pages on financial support for MPhil/PhD students for further information.

There are also a very small number of studentships to cover maintenance costs each year, and these can only be awarded to exceptional applicants. Early application for these is strongly recommended. Other sources of funding are Research Assistant (RA) and Teaching Assistant (TA) posts. These studentships and posts are advertised here when available. RAs and TAs are able to register for research degrees as part-time students.

Please contact the Research Administrator for details of current availability of studentships and bursaries.