Research course

Computer Science and Information Systems

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Computer Science and Information Systems
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

A master's or upper second class degree in computer science.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The research programme leads to either an MPhil or PhD degree. Both research degrees involve individual study of a specific research problem. To be awarded a PhD, your research work must result in a significant original contribution to the field of study (although this is not a requirement of the MPhil). You initially register for an MPhil degree, with transfer to PhD after satisfactorily completing an initial period of study and if it seems likely that your thesis will contain significant original work.

Students who successfully complete this MPhil or PhD degree will have gained expert knowledge in their chosen research area and the ability to perform research-led activities in a broader context. In addition, students who successfully complete the PhD degree will have gained the ability to identify and solve complex problems arising in their chosen research area, and will have made a substantial original contribution to this area.

Our research focuses on data science, theoretical computer science, algorithms, internet of things, data mining and machine learning, knowledge representation and reasoning, logic and artificial intelligence, semantic web technologies, search engines, mobile and ubiquitous computing, computer vision, bio-inspired computing and social networks.

Find out more about the research interests of current MPhil/PhD students in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Department specialisms

Our research focuses on data science, theoretical computer science, algorithms, internet of things, data mining and machine learning, knowledge representation and reasoning, logic and artificial intelligence, semantic web technologies, search engines, mobile and ubiquitous computing, computer vision, bio-inspired computing and social networks.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 2187 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 4121 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 6050 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 11995 pa

Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us.

Find out more about research funding opportunities at Birkbeck.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
60-72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Email
phd@dcs.bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+ 44 (0)20 7631 6622
Fax
+ 44 (0)20 7636 6727