School studentships

International (Non-EU) applicants

For overseas candidates, the School has a number of 'Full Overseas Fee Bursaries and Overseas Fee Reduction Bursaries' scholarships for suitably qualified international PhD students wishing to join our traditional 3 year PhD programme.
The criteria are academic qualifications, supporting statements from referees familiar with the demands of academic research and the quality of a ‘research proposal’ and personal statement. The full overseas fee bursaries will pay the full tuition fee of £19,000 per annum for 2015/16. The reduction scholarships will pay the difference between Home/EU fees (£4,052 for 2015/16) and overseas fees (£19,000 for 2015/16).  The University cannot make any contribution towards living expenses, nor any further contribution towards fees, and must be satisfied that the applicant has sufficient external funding to support the required three years of study.
 

Closing date: Applications (including all required supporting documentation) must be submitted online by 3rd March 2017. 

 
How to apply

You may either contact potential supervisors to negotiate a possible PhD topic or select a PhD research topic from the list in Research Projects. A list of members of the academic staff with their research interests is available on the page: People in Computer Science.

To submit an application, follow the instructions available from the Apply page. You will be asked to complete an application form which requires you to propose a Research Supervisor, enter a Research Title and enter ‘Details’ of the research you wish to become engaged in.

Please attach a 'research proposal' and a personal statement ('statement of purpose') as separate documents. Advice on writing a research proposal may be found here. The research proposal should be based on an original idea, or a PhD project selected from our list. It should present your own perspective of the proposed project, why it is important and worth studying and a methodology that may be adopted. In the personal statement, include any other information you consider relevant including your reasons and motivation for applying. We would be very interested to know about any publications you have produced or are in the process of producing. These two attached documents will be assessed by the School funding committee when it considers your application.

Each application will be processed in two phases:

  1. In the first phase, your application and qualifications will be considered by the School and prospective supervisor(s). If your application is successful, you will receive an offer for a place in our PhD programme.
  2. In the second phase, if you wish to be considered for funding, your application will be presented to the School's funding panel which meets periodically throughout the year. Decisions will be conveyed as soon as possible after each meeting. The criteria are academic qualifications, supporting statements from referees familiar with the demands of academic research and the quality of a 'research proposal'. The student will also need to demonstrate the ability to cover the cost of home tuition fees and living expenses through other funding.

School funding applications will be considered following the conclusion of the PDS/Deans awards in March 2014. 

Once all funding has been allocated, applications can still be considered and if successful, will be kept on a 'reserve list' should funding come available.

Further Information

If you are interested, you are encouraged to approach potential supervisors and suggest a possible PhD topic or browse through a list of suggested PhD projects available from: Research Projects. 
A list of members of the academic staff with their research interests is available from: People in Computer Science.

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