Research course

Computer Science

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the degree of MPhil or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD will normally be required to hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

The main areas of interest within our PhD Computer Science programme include pedagogical applications of online virtual environments, technologies for supporting visually impaired people, cloud computing and virtualisation, spatial and other data visualisation techniques, avatar animation and portability, creative on-line design, internet technologies, image processing, mobile device technologies and other media applications. The specialist knowledge of our staff is resident in image manipulation, animation, virtual worlds, gaming, 3D and 2D modelling, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, internet technologies and mobile media technology.

Related projects include the pedagogical use of second life; the calibration of satellite images from the high resolution stereo camera (Mars Express); the application of mobile and desktop technology to support visual impairment; electronic systems modelling and design, and controller optimisation and implementation. Much of our research in this area is collaborative in nature and includes joint ventures with industry (e.g. Transmitton Ltd, John Henry Group, Cambridge Recycling Services Ltd, Goodrich Corporation, Sustainable Technology Solutions Ltd, I-Dash Ltd, Trevor Benton Ltd, Quickmap Ltd).

Our PhD Computer Science programme is supported by our Digital Modelling Research Group (DMRG).

Researcher profile

Kenneth J. Spiteri is a Senior Lead Consultant with an IT consultancy firm, providing business systems, solutions and IT consultancy services. He is also currently also studying for a part-time PhD in Science and Technology, specialising in Cloud Computing concepts. The research is both relevant to his professional work and also significant to new academic developments in this field. Whilst research may be more arduous and can take longer to gain the PhD award when compared to full-time study, he believes this is outweighed by the enhancement in his contribution to this IT sector that will arise through being at the academic forefront of his professional career.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students

Aside from self-funding or funding by your employer, charities and trusts (competitively sought after, as are Research Council Awards), career, graduate, and professional study loans may be available. Visit: for information on educational trusts, or for bank loans at competitive rates. Alternatively, visit your local high-street bank for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months


part time
30 - 48 months
full time
18 - 36 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Science & Technology
+44 (0) 845 271 3333