The School of Computer Science offers high-quality supervision from world-leading academics for research degrees.
We provide you with the opportunity to work in both research and development. Our PhD programme is an excellent route for conducting world-class and high-impact scientific research in computer science.
The school's research activity centres around the following research groups:
The University of Nottingham has campuses in the UK, Malaysia and Ningbo China. There may be opportunities for joint supervision to be agreed between the UK and one of the University’s international campuses.
A small number of EPSRC awards are available for suitably qualified candidates. All research students are involved in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme.
The school's energetic research culture also involves a programme of visiting speakers and regular symposia organised by staff and students.
The school offers research students:
- advanced research training
- expert supervision (from staff who are global leaders within their field)
- support and help with publishing research
- school research seminars/work in progress sessions
- access to a dedicated research director, whose role links into the school’s PG research learning community forum and research committee
- well-equipped work bases, with excellent library facilities and some dedicated research based spaces such as the robotics and mixed reality laboratories
- support for research trips and conference attendance
- library facilities and online resources provide a level of access to material that students could only expect in a research-intensive university
- excellent IT facilities including high-speed networking, in-house servers and specialist school technical services staff
The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University, with dedicated study spaces, training courses and placement opportunities.
A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond.
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.
We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Details of research supervisors at the University can be found on our research A to Z.
Careers and professional development
Average starting salary and career progression
94.4% of postgraduates from the School of Computer Science secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,250 with the highest being £30,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
Fees and funding
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.