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. The programme consist of an initial `foundation period' of six months followed by a 3.5 year period of focused PhD level research, carried out under the supervision of a PhD supervisor.

Course aims
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 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 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.

Special features
The Manchester Centre for Doctoral Training in Computer Science is led by Professor Steve Furber and proposes a new model of PhD training which preserves the deep technical research study associated with the UK PhD, while augmenting this with training and practical experience in creativity and innovation, scientific evaluation, and experiences working with and communicating with users from outside academia.

Department specialisms

Advanced Processor Technologies; Bio-Health Informatics; Formal Methods; Information Management; Informatics Process; Machine Learning and Optimisation; Nano Engineering and Storage Technologies; Software Systems; Text Mining; Visual Computing; Advanced Interfaces; Imaging Sciences

Fees and funding

We are able to offer in the region of 10 fully funded studentships for UK and EU students. Studentships pay all tuition fees and a full stipend for 4 years.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer
+44 (0)161 275 0699
+44 (0)161 275 6200