Taught course

Networks and Communications

University of Portsmouth · School of Engineering
MPhilPhD by taught

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Why take this course?

The School of Computing has a thriving and active research culture that pushes the boundaries of computing and the application of computer systems. Research covers a wide range of areas, with projects ranging from highly theoretical to very practical.

The School of Creative Technologies is centred around the application of new technologies to support creative areas. This includes games design and development, animation, video and sound, as well as other application areas, such as healthcare or security. We work closely with cultural heritage organisations worldwide to develop better methods of safeguarding digital assets. Our research is organised around five themes: Virtual Reality and Advanced Interactive Technologies, Digital Preservation, Computer Games Design and Technology, High Performance Visualisation, Computer Animation.

Module Details


Our researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:

Computational intelligence:

  • Data mining
  • Neural networks
  • Fuzzy systems
  • Evolutionary optimisation
  • Machine learning
  • Pattern recognition
  • Computer vision and bioinformatics

Pervasive computing:

  • The design and development of novel technological advancement that appears in everyday devices
  • Wireless and mobile computing
  • Internet connectivity and connectivity to services in large scale distributed systems
  • Secure infrastructures
  • Human interaction modelling

Systems and information systems:

  • Systems analysis
  • Systems security
  • Digital forensics
  • e-commerce
  • e-government systems relevant to organisational, technological and cultural applications

Student Destinations

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Fees and funding

UK students
full-time students: £TBC p/a, part-time students: £TBC p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
International full-time students: £15,100 p/a* International part-time students: £7,550 p/a* *All fees are subject to annual increase

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

PhD by taught

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Centre - Faculty of Technology
023 9284 2993