Research course

Computer Science Research

King's College London · Department of Informatics

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Entry requirements

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in computer science or a closely related subject, and a good background in the area of intended research.

Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate requirements but have or are currently studying an additional Masters with Merit (or international equivalent) in computer science or relevant subject may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Informatics has a rapidly rising research profile, with increasing numbers of major externally funded projects, a strong publication profile and significant research activity. Our research is organised around our research groups, and you can find details of the range of current research projects and interests on the Department's research pages.

If you are interested in joining us to undertake PhD research, you should identify topics and academic staff in your area of interest. If you cannot find your chosen topic or area on our individual research section or subgroup pages, contact a relevant member of academic staff for further information and then follow the application procedure.

We are a medium-sized department with many internationally recognised researchers and visiting academics, large groups of PhD students, research assistants, national and international projects, collaborations with other departments and the School as well as links with industry. We offer an exciting environment and excellent opportunities for research.

Our PhD students have access to good library facilities, a personal work area including a desk and high-specification computer, new PhD laboratories, weekly departmental seminars and regular group seminars, and college-based training in transferable and research skills.

We provide MSc specialist courses that you can attend; School and College induction courses; a week of training per year in transferable and research skills and the opportunity to attend one week EPSRC sponsored courses on career prospects for research students. There is also a centrally provided programme of computing and related skills training.

Our research students are also encouraged to submit papers to conferences, and we try to provide financial support for them to travel to present their papers.

The Department of Informatics is located at the Strand Campus of King's College London, in the heart of central London, overlooking the river Thames. Our facilities are within easy reach of the British Computer Society and the Institute of Engineering a& Technology (and the IET Library), with access to a formidable collection of scientific journals and other technical material.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Office
+44 (0)20 7848 1648