Research course

Computer Science

UCL - University College London · Computer Science

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Work experience may also be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

UCL Computer Science has built a reputation as one of the major university centres for applied computer science research in Europe. Because we have some of the top UK research groups in many fields, you will be supervised by academics at the very forefront of computer science, in a wide range of areas.

Joining the UCL PhD programme in computer science means working in research groups, which are among the best in Europe and becoming part of a faculty with a bold vision to 'change the world'. You will be involved in solving real problems, such as helping clinicians to detect illness in premature babies, you will also have the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers in world leading institutions like Facebook, Google and Microsoft. You will also join a friendly community with a tailored in-house training programme and recieve exclusive support from the graduate school to develop your career.

Department specialisms

Bioinformatics: protein structure; genome analysis; transmembrane protein modelling; de novo protein design methods; exploiting grid technology; mathematical modelling of biological processes Financial computing: software engineering; computational statistics and machine learning; mathematical modelling Human centred systems: usability of security and multimedia systems; making sense of information; human error and cognitive resilience Information security: cryptology; digital watermarking; cryptoanalysis; steganography Intelligent systems: knowledge representation and reasoning; machine learning Media futures: digital rights management; information retrieval; computational social science; recommender systems Networks: internet architecture; protocols; mobile networked systems; applications and evolution; high-speed networking Programming Principles, Verification and Logic’: logic and the semantics of programs; automated tools for verification and program analysis; produce mathematically rigorous concepts and techniques that aid in the construction and analysis of computer systems; applied logic outreach in AI, security, biology, economics Software systems engineering: requirements engineering; software architecture; middleware technologies; distributed systems; software tools and environments; mobile computing Virtual environments: presence, virtual characters; interaction; rendering; mixed reality Vision and imaging science: face recognition; medical image analysis; statistical modelling of colour information; inverse problems and building mathematical models for augmented reality; diffusion tensor imaging

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

The department offers funding for overseas and UK/Eu students. Please see the computer science website for more information. Scholarships available for the department include: CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship - Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarship Council aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the UK and China

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
+44 (0)20 7679 3553
020 7679 3001