Computing and Communications Research

We are committed to conducting world-class research with high impact. We publish in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences, play significant roles in the international research community, engage closely with industry and research users, and are active in developing new interdisciplinary research agendas.

Research Themes

Interdisciplinary Research Centres


The School has identified three interdisciplinary areas as key growth areas:

  • Data Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Health

We actively pursue research agendas that cut across traditional field boundaries to achieve transformative developments in several sub-fields simultaneously.


Our research is recognised for its exceptional quality and international reputation. The UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 overall ranked us 12th in the UK for Computer Science, with 91% of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (and 7th in the UK for producing work in these two categories). An International Review of UK Computer Science cited us as one of only a handful of centres undertaking "leading edge systems research".


We are proud of our vibrant research culture in the School. Over 80 full-time academic and research staff and over 100 research students have been attracted to Lancaster from all over the world. Across all our activities, we share a strong engineering ethos in our research that emphasises understanding of real-world challenges and development and experimental evaluation of systems.


Our research is supported by grants from the UK Research Councils, the European Commission and industrial sponsors. The total value of our current grants exceeds £12M. Our grant portfolio reflects our commitment to collaborative research, including on an international scale.

To become part of our research team you can apply for PhD study at Lancaster.

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Research Courses

Starting a Masters by Research or PhD at Lancaster University is an ideal way to begin your own research career.