Research course

Computer Science (CDT)

The University of Manchester · School of Computer Science

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement for this programme is a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Whilst the most common first degree is Computer Science, we also consider students with backgrounds in an appropriate subject for the intended research (e.g. mathematics, physics, engineering and medicine).

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Computer Science is a division of the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. Further details can be found on the CDT programme webpages.

PhD study through the Centre for Doctoral Training has benefits both in terms of the value-added activities offered as part of the programme, but also as a result of the unique student experience on offer.

In the first year, the students will be trained as a cohort, and will have a wide range of activities together. In the second and subsequent years students will become part of a research group or project team, participating in research group activities, and ultimately giving presentations at international conferences and workshops associated with their research area. However, a number of activities will run across the latter years of the programme to maintain group cohesion including a mentoring scheme, graduate seminar series and the use of social networking and e-learning tools.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English need to achieve a minimum of IELTS 7 (with 7 in writing), Cambridge Proficiency minimum level C or IBT TOEFL score of 100 (minimum) overall with 25 in the writing component and no lower than 22 in any other component.

Students who have been in full-time higher education in the UK for 3 years or more are exempt from this requirement.

More detailed information can be found on our English language requirement page .

Fees and funding

Each year the School provides a number of studentships, predominantly for UK and EU nationals. These studentships pay tuition fees and a stipend to cover living expenses for three years. Whilst funding for international students is limited, the School sometimes offers funding (usually a contribution to tuition fees) to international PhD students with an exceptional academic background, or who have secured partial funding. Further information about Computer Science funding opportunities can be found in the funding section of our website .

In addition to School level funding, Project Studentships are often available at various points throughout the year. The Project Studentships are attached to specific research projects taking place in the School and are usually fully funded by the EPSRC, other Research Councils or Industry. They typically pay tuition fees and maintenance for three years. A list of current project studentships is available on our project studentship page .

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

School of Computer Science
+44 (0)161 275 0699
+44 (0)161 275 6200