School of Computer Science

Postgraduate research

Studying for a PhD in Computer Science

The School of Computer Science offers high quality supervision from world leading academics for research degrees.

A PhD from Nottingham is a qualification that is well regarded by employers and will provide opportunities for students to work in both research and development. Our PhD program is an excellent route for conducting world-class and high-impact scientific research in Computer Science. 

We expect applicants to the PhD research programme in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham to have a strong academic record in previous taught courses. In addition, applicants should have a strong motivation for conducting scientific research and demonstrate good skills for academic writing.

It is very important that prospective applicants identify potential supervisors according to their particular areas of interest. For this, prospective applicants would find it useful to browse the School research pages. It is also advisable that prospective applicants establish contact with potential supervisors to obtain advice in completing their application. An application to our PhD programme that does not indicate specific area of research and/or prospective supervisor(s) might take longer to process.

What we're looking for

We are looking to recruit highly motivated individuals to join us and work towards a doctorate.

Applicants for PhD should ideally have a first-class degree but need at least a 2:1 or equivalent degree to be eligible. 

English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6 in any element)
CELE pre-sessional course "Pass with Merit"

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Why Nottingham?

World leading research

We organise our research through seven research groups who cover many sub-disciplines of Computer Science. Our research covers a diverse range of interdisciplinary areas, informs our teaching and has strong links with industry. The school‘s research structure centres around well-funded, world leading research groups, laboratories and centres. 

In the latest independent Research Excellence Framework, the School is ranked in the top ten Computer Science departments in the UK for ‘research power’ with 88% of our research considered of international level. The School also received the second highest rating in Computer Science in the UK for ‘research environment’ reflecting the School’s commitment to providing an international-class research environment for its staff and students.

Regular representation at international conferences and frequent contribution to journals from both academic and research staff reflects the high standards we achieve in this area.

Find out more about our research

Fantastic student experience

Researchers have frequent opportunities to attend conferences funded by either the school itself or industry partners of the school. Last year for example, I attended one summer school in Italy, a conference on affective computing in Geneva and two big conferences on computer vision and human computer interaction in Sydney, all of which were amazing experiences. 



Timur Almaev, PhD student

 These fantastic experiences, through my time at Nottingham, are also helping me a lot with developing valuable skills for future employment. Either remaining in academia or transferring into research and development in industry, these skills together with a degree from Nottingham will ensure that you stand out from the crowd! 




Study in China and Malaysia

The University of Nottingham has Computer Science departments on its campuses in Ningbo, China and Semenyih, Malaysia.

Find out more about on our overseas campuses:

University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Interdisciplinary Research

There are also opportunities to complete interdisciplinary research between departments. We have strong research links with the School of Mathematics, Engineering Faculty, School of Biosciences and many others, giving our students the opportunity to have joint supervision across academic disciplines.

School of Computer Science

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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