Research course

Computer Science

Lancaster University · Computing

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in an engineering or associated discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

We welcome applications from well-qualified and motivated students for PhD study (three years full-time, four to six years part-time).

You’ll work under individual supervision to become a leading expert in your area, while research training courses will support your learning and help you realise your maximum potential. Annual progress review panels keep your work on track and our seminar programmes and state-of-the-art facilities provide access to ideas and technologies to stimulate your development as a research scientist.

There will be numerous opportunities to collaborate and to present your research nationally and internationally via our extensive research and industrial partnerships. Also, you will have the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant on our taught programmes; a valuable source of experience and income.

We recommend that you visit our website to read the latest information about our research interests and projects, . Here you will also find details on preparing PhD proposals, on contacting individual staff and on funding.

Department specialisms

Our research spans eight major sub-fields: • Communication Systems • Data Science • Distributed Systems • Interactive Systems • Networking • Pervasive Systems • Security • Software Engineering Our research shares a strong engineering ethos that emphasises an understanding of real-world challenges and focuses on the development and experimental evaluation of systems. We are actively engaged in interdisciplinary research in areas ranging from signal processing and wireless networking to innovative user interaction, software engineering, cyber security, natural language processing and data science.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0) 1524 510515
+44 (0)1524 510492