Research course

Computing and Electronic Systems

Institution
University of Essex · School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Qualifications
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Good honours degree or Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

PhD, MPhil, MSc by research.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Our research activity and supervision for PhD Computing and Electronic Systems is concentrated in the following principal research areas: biometrics, evolutionary-fuzzy systems, neuro-genetic systems, computational intelligence and games, embedded systems, intelligent inhabited environments and robotics. Our cross-disciplinary projects draw on the expertise of our electronic engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists and psychologists.

Studying within our School provides both the recent graduate and the practising engineer with an opportunity to gain new skills or enhance existing ones. Our graduates have progressed to a variety of senior positions in industry and academia. Some of the companies and organisations where our former graduates are now employed include: Alcatel Submarine, BT Group, QinetiQ, Dolby Laboratories, Fujitsu, Royal Air Forces, and within our University and Imperial College, London.

We also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and research, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) 95 per cent of our computer science research was rated of internationally recognised quality, with 15 per cent rated as 'world-learning'.

We are one of the largest and best resourced schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities and software aids, together with a wide range of test and instrumentation equipment. Our research covers a range of topics, from materials science and semiconductor device physics, to the theory of computation and the philosophy of computer science, with most of our research groups based around laboratories offering world-class facilities. Our impressive external research funding stands at over £4 million and we participate in a number of EU initiatives and undertake projects under contract to many outside bodies, including government and industrial organisations.

Department specialisms

Research in our School covers a range of topics, from materials science and semiconductor device physics, to the theory of computation and the philosophy of computer science. Most of our groups are based around research laboratories, many of which offer world-class facilities.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
research-csee@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 874 879