Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Study

The School of Computing and Communications is a world-renowned centre of excellence for research and teaching.

We combine excellence in research and teaching with practical, experimental approaches to deliver real world impact.

Providing both Taught Masters (MSc) and research degrees (PhD), our programmes will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your career aspirations – we are top in the UK for graduate prospects, and ranked 12th Computer Science Department in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Rated ‘excellent’ in our last Periodic Quality Review of Teaching, our MSc courses provide a unique blend of academic teaching with practical and professional training. We also offer our students organised placement activities with our industry partners or within our world-class research labs.

The School provides access to state-of-the-art facilities and services for all of our students, including dedicated teaching laboratories, individual supervision, and mentoring by members of academic staff. In addition, you will receive access to our Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), which links with over 500 ICT related businesses to provide an invaluable resource for finding employment or starting your own company.

We welcome applications for the degrees of PhD (3 years full-time, 4-6 years part-time), MPhil (2 years), and MSc (by Research, 1 year) in any of our research areas from well-qualified, able and enthusiastic students. In addition, we offer a PhD (Professional Route) for those with a track record of research in an industrial environment interested in gaining a recognised doctoral qualification.

Studying for a research degree is a highly rewarding and challenging process. 91% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent, and under close supervision from our leading academics, you will work to become a leading expert in your topic area. You'll have the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals, pushing forward at the very edge of the discipline, with active seminar programmes and cutting-edge facilities giving you plenty of ideas and technologies to stimulate your development as a research scientist. In addition, research skills courses support you to improve your scientific methods and communication skills, helping you realise your work’s maximum potential. Annual progress review panels will ensure that you keep your research on track.