Computer Science PhD


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Degree awarded: PhD

Duration: 36 months full time (or 72 months part time)

Entry requirements:

The minimum academic entry requirements for a Doctorate programme are either:

i) a 2:1 UK Honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD

ii) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above and Masters award at Merit level in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD, or equivalent international qualifications

Whilst the most common first degree is Computer Science, we also consider students with backgrounds in an appropriate subject for the research topic (e.g. mathematics, physics, engineering, biology and medicine).

The school may require a 1st Class Honours degree or international equivalent for some research projects. This requirement is specified at the discretion of the academic supervisor involved under the relevant advertised project.

Course fees: For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,260
    International students (per annum): £22,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,130
    International students (per annum): £11,000

Scholarships/sponsorships:

Each year the School provides a number of studentships, predominantly for UK and EU nationals. These studentships pay tuition fees and a stipend to cover living expenses for three years. Whilst funding for international students is limited, the School sometimes offers funding (usually a contribution to tuition fees) to international PhD students with an exceptional academic background, or who have secured partial funding. Further information about Computer Science funding opportunities can be found in the funding section of our website .  

In addition to School level funding, Project Studentships are often available at various points throughout the year. The Project Studentships are attached to specific research projects taking place in the School and are usually fully funded by the EPSRC, other Research Councils or Industry. They typically pay tuition fees and maintenance for three years. A list of current project studentships is available on our project studentship page .

Contact email: pgr-compsci@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: 44 (0)161 275 0699

How to apply:

Apply online *

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Course description

The PhD is a three-year (or six year, if taken part-time) degree resulting in a substantial thesis.

As one of the largest Schools of in the UK we cover a huge spectrum of Computer Science topics. We currently have ten individual research groups ranging from Advanced Processor Technologies to Text Mining. Our core Computer Science research is augmented by interdisciplinary research taking place at the interface with discipline areas including mathematics, physics, medicine and biology. A detailed overview of the School's research groups and core and interdisciplinary research themes can be found in the 'research' section of our website .    

We're keen to receive applications from potential research students in all areas. Although your application is through the School, you are basically applying for a place in a research group or with a particular supervisor. You therefore need to look through the research groups to find a suitable topic or potential supervisor. Alternatively you can identify a possible PhD project from our list of available projects.

Course aims

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a period of supervised research and training, the results of which show convincing evidence of the capacity of the candidate to pursue research and scholarship and make an original contribution and substantial addition to knowledge. The results of this research shall then be embodied in a thesis or other appropriate form and must contain material of a standard appropriate for peer-reviewed publication.

Academic entry qualification overview:

The minimum academic entry requirements for a Doctorate programme are either:

i) a 2:1 UK Honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD

ii) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above and Masters award at Merit level in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD, or equivalent international qualifications

Whilst the most common first degree is Computer Science, we also consider students with backgrounds in an appropriate subject for the research topic (e.g. mathematics, physics, engineering, biology and medicine).

The school may require a 1st Class Honours degree or international equivalent for some research projects. This requirement is specified at the discretion of the academic supervisor involved under the relevant advertised project.

English language:

English language:

Students whose first language is not English must obtain the required English language score indicated below:

IELTS: greater than or equal to 6.5 overall (with a 6.5 in the written component and no other subtest below 5.5)

IBT TOEFL greater than or equal to 90 overall (with 22 in the written component and no other subtest below 20)

               

English language test validity: Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test results must be valid on the start date of your course.

               

Further information can be found at: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/international/admissions/language-requirements/

Other international entry requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Advice to applicants

Applications should include copies of any relevant certificates, including IELTS scores if appropriate, a full CV, 2 academic references, transcripts, a research proposal, and/or an indication of the research group or project preferred.

To avoid delays in the processing of applications please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the application process and fully understand the level of information required. Detailed guidelines are available in our 'how to apply' section .    

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Progression and assessment

As a research student you would typically work in an office with three/four other researchers from your group. You would be encouraged to present papers at conferences and publish your results in academic journals. We run several research training course-units and you can take course-units on a number of our Masters programmes. Opportunities are also provided to supplement income by undertaking laboratory demonstrating and other teaching support work.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk
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