Research course

Computing Science and Informatics

Institution
London South Bank University · Information Systems and Information Technology
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) in order to study this course. This is a requirement for enrolment at the University or for obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) if you need to make a Tier 4 General visa application. Please note, an ATAS certificate is not needed for you to submit an application for a course at LSBU and to receive an offer.

You can find more information about whether you will require this via the FCO website and in our MyLSBU guide to the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.

The process for obtaining an ATAS certificate can take some time so it is important that you check whether you need one as early as possible so that you can make your application for the certificate to obtain it in good time. Failure to produce a valid ATAS certificate could result in delays to receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enrol you at the University.

Months of entry

January, November, October, September, May, April, March, February

Course content

The School of Engineering has a strong culture of research and enterprise. We are the top modern university in London for world-leading and internationally excellent research and Grade Point Average in General Engineering - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

REF awarded 80% of our research into General Engineering the two highest quality ratings (4* or 3*) for 'impact' (research and significance). This success is underpinned by a strong record of external income generation with the total current contract value of research and enterprise awards exceeding £4m.

Income is generated from a wide range of sources including the research councils, European Union, industry, Government, charities, consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships where the School is one of the leaders nationally. Our research is to a very large degree interdisciplinary and collaborative with strong national and international links.

Big Data and Informatics Research Group

The Big Data and Informatics Research Group (BDIRG) works collaboratively with external bodies and has an interdisciplinary approach, working across business, science and engineering projects. Recent projects have included work on graphic shapes and fonts for information visualization and electronic government, focusing on the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Areas of interest include:

  • Big data analytics
  • Business intelligence
  • Visualisation and graphics
  • Software metrics
  • Business process re-engineering

A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community.

A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk
Phone
020 7815 6100