Research course

Computer Science (Higher Degrees by Research)

University of Chester · Department of Computer Science

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Admissions team will be able to advise you.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.

To assist you, we offer access to modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities, and are also able to support prospective students in developing their research proposals.

The Department’s research activities focus on specific aspects within these areas and are increasingly directed towards application in a practical context. Particular areas of expertise within the Department are:

  • Agent Technologies and Parallel Processing
  • Cyber Security
  • Games Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • Image Processing
  • Project Conceptualisation and Practitioner Development
  • The Practical Application of Artificial Intelligence


  • Interactive Digital Multimedia in Diverse

Environments (including mobile technologies)

  • The Application of eLearning Techniques.

Additionally, the Department hosts the Informatics Centre which includes a software development environment providing solutions for regional organisations. Students are actively involved in the team and we welcome enquiries from those wishing to undertake applied research into technical and managerial issues in current software development practice. We are particularly keen to establish partnerships with regional enterprises to supervise applied research that is likely to enhance the knowledge and expertise of key organisational personnel. Details of recent projects are available at

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
48-84 months


full time
12-48 months
part time
24-72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000