PhDs in Computer Science and Communication Systems

Studying for a research degree is a rewarding and challenging process. As part of our vibrant research community, you will develop the skills you need to enjoy a rewarding career.

The School of Computing and Communications (SCC) at Lancaster University is an international centre of excellence. It was ranked 7th in the UK in terms of "world-leading and internationally excellent" research by the UK government’s REF2014 evaluation. SCC is a research-intensive environment comprising of over 60 academics and 130 researchers, with a grant portfolio exceeding £21m from a wide range of sources including EPSRC, Innovate UK, the EU and industry.

SCC is a diverse, inclusive, and fair working environment with a wealth of expertise covering a vast number of research areas. Our research is divided into nine different research groups. We offer a stimulating multidisciplinary environment that includes enormous opportunities to engage via our interdisciplinary research institutes in Cyber-Security, Data Science and Social Futures, and capitalise on significant new investments including our £42m Health Innovation Campus.

Before you apply

Admissions policy

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Distinction BSc level degree in computer science, communication science, or relevant disciplines such as mathematics. Candidates who have additional academic or technical experience as evidenced by MSc, or equivalent degree, or industry experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fees and Funding

Information on the funding available, tuition fees and living costs in Lancaster are at Postgraduate Fees and Funding.

Choose which kind of PhD you would like to apply for

We offer a number of different routes to beginning your PhD study.