Entry requirements

A UK Master's degree in a relevant discipline with Merit, or 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 is one of the leading university centres for computer science research in Europe. The PhD programme in UCL Computer Science is a 4-year programme in which students work within research groups on important and challenging problems in the development of computer science.

We have research groups that cover many of the leading-edge topics in computer science, and our students are supervised by academics at the very forefront of their field. Each student is assigned a first and second supervisor who will guide the student in the development of their research project and their abilities as a researcher. The research groups, the department, and the college, provide numerous opportunities for students to learn more about their field (e.g. seminars, conferences, and journal clubs) and their skills they require to develop their research and future careers (e.g. training courses). Many of students publish results from their research in internationally leading conferences during their time on the PhD programme.

Code written at UCL is used across all 3G mobile networks for instant messaging and videoconferencing; medical image computing has led to faster prostate cancer diagnosis and has developed tools to help neurosurgeons avoid damaging essential communication pathways during brain surgery; and our human-centred approach to computer security has transformed the UK government's delivery of online security.

This MPhil/PhD in Computer Science is a research degree programme that will not only challenge and stimulate you, but also has the potential to lead a varied and interesting career and introduce you to a valuable contacts in academia and the industry.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.

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