Research course

Computer Science

University of Surrey · Department of Computing

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).

English language requirements:

IELTS Academic, 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

Months of entry

January, April, July

Course content

Our PhD research programme provides you with the opportunity to study a wide range of computer science topics. These include technologies and systems for securing online businesses and our lives, technologies inspired by nature for solving complicated real-world problems in areas such as transport and health, and real-world applications of advanced technologies in cyber security and machine learning. Our expert supervisors, highly rated research activities and excellent facilities mean you’ll be a specialist in your field by the time you complete your PhD.

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS), led by the Department of Computer Science, is one of only 19 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research recognised by the UK government. It is particularly strong in interdisciplinary research with other departments, with links to Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Business, Sociology and Law. We also have strong ties with global research institutes, such as the University of Oxford, Microsoft Research Cambridge, KU Leuven (Belgium), McMaster University (Canada) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for joint PhD projects.

Many PhD projects are collaborative with industrial partners. We strive to excel in our research, with many members of staff publicly recognised as experts in their respective fields.

The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 puts Surrey 7th in the UK for research outputs in Computer Science, with 100 per cent of those outputs recognised as either world-leading (57.1%) or internationally excellent. 100 per cent of our computer science postgraduate research students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, HESA).

Information for international students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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