The Department of Computing provides up to 30 fully funded  PhD Studentships for UK, EU and overseas students per year.

PhD applications

We are one of the largest computer science departments in the UK and a world leader in academic research, offering an exciting research environment for prospective postgraduate students.

The Department is actively involved in a number of Centres for Doctoral Training and hosts the EPSRC Centre for High Performance Embedded and Distributed Systems (HiPEDS). Every year between 50-70 successful applicants are accepted for the PhD programme in the Department. We have a wide variety of scholarships for PhD students, including funding from research councils, research projects, industry, and teaching scholarships. More than 80% of our PhD students receive funding.

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Distinction Masters level degree, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific or technical discipline, such as computer science or mathematics. Candidates who have only a Bachelors degree will not normally be considered, but they can apply to first do an MSc Degree in the Department.

Applications are now open for 2018 entry and can be made at any time in the year. However, there will be an initial round of funding for applications made by 30 November. We would particularly advise all students requiring funding to apply by the January deadline, but there may still be some funding available for applications received after January.

Application deadline (Oct 2018 entry)Notification of acceptance and funding
 10 November 2017  31 January 2018
 19 January 2018  31 March 2018
 23 March 2018 31 May 2018

Application deadlines for 2019/20 entry will be published on this page later this year. 

We have a wide range of funds and we do our best to find the most appropriate for each candidate. To give you an idea of what funds are available please see the scholarships page

Please note that we will normally consider your application only after you have formally applied and your application has been received by the Department. Therefore we recommend that you submit an application prior to contacting academics about research topics.

Details on the application process are available in the application guidelines page. After preparing your application, you can submit it using the College online application system, which you can access by going to the

Applications are formally processed by the Department only when the full paperwork has been received and processed by the College Registry. So we strongly advise you to read:

The Department has an equal opportunities policy and encourages applications from people with disabilities. You are invited to declare your disability to our PhD Admissions Tutor in order to discuss early on suitable arrangements for your PhD studies. Please also see the College's arrangements for people with disabilities.