Research course

Computer Science / Cognitive Science

University of Birmingham · School of Computer Science
MSc by researchPhD

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Entry requirements

Students applying for an MPhil have normally obtained a good (usually Upper Second) undergraduate degree, while students applying for a PhD have either a very good undergraduate degree (First Class) or a taught postgraduate degree (MA or MPhil). Work-related experience is also taken into account for registration.

Months of entry

January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December

Course content

The School of Computer Science welcomes highly motivated and well qualified graduates to join us to work towards a doctorate. Our work is regularly presented in international conferences and journals, indicating the high standards we achieve in research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the School was ranked equal 7th in the proportion of 4* awards, for research quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Our research is grouped into the following main themes:
  • Artifical intelligence
  • Nature-inspired computation
  • Computing and systems
  • Theoretical computer science

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Department specialisms

Artificial intelligence; Nature-inspired computation; Computing and systems; Theoretical computer science

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005