Research course

Computing and Information Science

ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

  • PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
  • MPhil or PhD with progression from MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.

Please note we consider candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil in the first instance. If you want to be considered for direct entry to the PhD route then this can be discussed at interview if you are shortlisted. Please note you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this request.

If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Our research groups are shaping the world with innovative technologies and applications, often in collaboration with industry. We encourage PhD candidates to take an active role in our School's research community, in areas currently ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science and Applications, Imaging Technologies, Vision and Acoustics, IoT, Digital Systems and Cloud Computing, Semantic Web, Educational Technologies and Cyber Security.

We have a large multidisciplinary academic team ready to support you in your studies working across our two research groups, Computing, Informatics and Applications and Cyber Security and Networking.
Much of the research our Computing, Informatics and Applications (CIA) research group undertakes is both applied and collaborative, and includes links with industrial partners. We’re particularly interested in how computational and artificial intelligence (AI) methods can be used to improve people's lives and increase productivity. The group has specific expertise in image and signal processing, data visualisation, mobile devices, 2D/3D modelling, distributed computing, wireless environments, the application of sound and imaging technology in assisted living, online virtual environments, the Internet of Things (IoT), and sensor technology.
Our Cyber Security and Networking (CSN) research group has close working strategic relationships with industry, professional bodies, law enforcement, government agencies and academia in the delivery of operationally focused applied information and application security research. The primary aims of CSN are to help the UK and partner nations tackle cyber-crime, be more resilient to cyber-attacks and educate its users for a more secure cyberspace and operational business environment. The CSN research group also incorporates a Cisco Networking Academy Programme (CNAP). The goal of which is to bring infrastructure technologies and techniques to a wider audience and research new ways of applying them.
As a postgraduate researcher, you’ll have access to wide-ranging expertise, as well as first-rate computing facilities, at our campus in Cambridge, where you’ll enjoy formal research training as part of our research programme. A significant number of our students choose to pursue their programme part-time, integrating their research degrees with their professional lives. Equally, if you wish to join us full-time, you’ll be part of a group that collaborates with industry on theoretical and applied research, as well as consultancy projects.
There will be opportunities to present your work and represent us at internal, national and international scientific conferences, and you'll be fully immersed in our research activities.
In addition to our Computing and Information Science PhD, we've also identified a range of innovative research project opportunities for you as a postgraduate researcher.
We also offer the opportunity to combine doctoral research with your full-time career, making a substantial contribution to the development of professional practice in your area, through our Professional Doctorate in Science and Engineering DProf.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,500 (full-time, per year) - £2,250 (part-time, per year)
International students
£13,900 (full-time, per year) - £6,950 (part-time, per year)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    36-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    42-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    30-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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