Research course

Computing, artificial intelligence and IT

University of Sussex · School of Informatics

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Cognitive Science
  • PhD in Informatics
  • MPhil in Cognitive Science
  • MPhil in Informatics
  • As a research student, you are associated with one or more research groups in the Department of Informatics and allocated a computer and working area in comfortable shared offices. You have full access to your research group’s specialist facilities and laboratories.

    The Department is engaged in a wide range of highly rated research, covering many areas of artificial intelligence, computer science and cognitive science. We can supervise in all areas of faculty specialism.

    Applicants wishing to pursue interdisciplinary research involving artificial intelligence (AI), including computational philosophy of mind or AI of biology, may apply to do research degrees in cognitive science.

    Research/industry links

    Research is motivated by social, economic and industrial needs. Strong links have been developed with local and national industry – not least because most practical problems requiring research also demand an interdisciplinary approach. These relationships are further exemplified in the University’s Innovation Centre, where several of the companies are drawing on research carried out at Sussex.

    Supervision and review of progress

    Students are assigned two supervisors for the duration of their studies. They meet their primary supervisor regularly on an informal basis, and for a documented review meeting every month. A formal review of progress is conducted each year.

    Research training

    Students admitted to research courses take a Research Skills Development module in their first two terms, which is specifically designed for students in the School of Engineering and Informatics. In addition, specific MSc modules may be recommended to enhance your subject knowledge where necessary.

    The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

    Academic activities

    Research students make a substantial contribution to the research output of the Department of Informatics, and frequently present their work at conferences and in journals.

    Postgraduate students are encouraged to attend and give talks in the various specialised seminar series in the Department. In addition to the seminar series run by each research group, there are seminar series run by other disciplines and the interdisciplinary research centres, which students regularly attend.

    Recent thesis titles

    A framework for the design, prototyping and evaluation of mobile interfaces for domestic environments

    An inertial motion capture framework for constructing body sensor networks

    Automated reasoning for reflective programs

    Bio-inspired approaches to the control and modelling of an anthropomimetic robot

    Biometric storyboards: a games user research approach for improving qualitative evaluations of player experience

    Chaotic exploration and learning of locomotor behaviours

    Cognitive modelling of complex problem-solving behaviour

    Data-driven techniques for animating virtual characters

    Evaluating computational creativity: a standardised procedure for evaluating creative systems and its application

    Evaluation of the usability of constraint diagrams as a visual modelling language

    Graph-based approaches to word sense induction

    Individual differences in synaesthesia: qualitative and fMRI investigations on the impact of synaesthetic phenomenology

    Model development and analysis techniques for epidemiological and neurobiological dynamics on networks

    Module hierarchy and centralisation in the anatomy and dynamics of human cortex Neuronal oscillations, information dynamics, and behaviour: an evolutionary robotics study

    Video analytics for security systems

Department specialisms

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Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
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