Research course

Computer Science

Institution
Newcastle University · School of Computing
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and/or a merit master's degree, or international equivalent, in computer science or a related discipline.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Our Computer Science MPhil and PhD programme gives you an opportunity to make a unique contribution to computer science research. Your research will be supported by an experienced computer scientist within a research group and with the support of a team of advisers.

Research supervision is available under our six research areas, reflecting our strengths, capabilities and critical mass.
Open Lab
Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS)
Scalable Computing
Secure and Resilient Systems
Teaching Innovation Group
Research Excellence
Our research excellence in the School of Computing has been widely recognised through awards of large research grants. Recent examples include:
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data Doctoral Training Centre
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics
Wellcome Trust and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Research Grant: a £10m project to look at novel treatment for epilepsy, confirming our track record in Systems Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics.
Delivery
On starting the programme you will identify and research an open question before formulating an approach to answering it. After agreeing a topic with your supervisor, you will conduct a literature review and refine your research goals. You will be supported through our Research Development Programme, which includes modules on personal development training, research skills, innovation and career development.
Following your initial research you submit a project proposal and give a presentation about your work. Once your project proposal is approved you will conduct your supervised research and write a thesis. Your thesis is also assessed by an oral examination.
Throughout the course of your research you will write research papers for conferences and journals, travel to present your work and discuss your project with experts from around the world.
Our cohesive research community means that you will experience joint research with other students, staff and guests, as well as being part of our active research groups. You will have opportunities to visit other universities and research labs to discuss your research and collaborate.
Thesis and viva
Your research is completed by writing a thesis describing your work and successfully defending this in an oral examination, called a viva. At the viva, you will discuss your research with two examiners, including a leading researcher from outside Newcastle.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Secretary
Email
computing.admissions@ncl.ac.uk