Masters by Research or PhD Computing and IT (Postgraduate)

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Conduct your own piece of unique research in an area of interest. Get one-to-one support from research-active academics with individual specialisms. Engage with the concerns of the user, the needs of businesses, and rapid digital developments.

Department specialisms include software development, e-business, application development and human-computer interaction on platforms including mobile and ubiquitous technology, and the use of digital technology to support teaching, learning and assessment.

There are keen interests in e-learning using mobile applications; programming paradigms and methodologies with applications in e-business; system modelling, visualisation, engineering and robotics; information assurance; understanding threats to security; investigation through forensic computing; applications of functional languages to robotics; training and virtual reality; patient and therapist support tools; risk management strategies in SMEs; 3D human face modelling and simulation for bio-robots; investigation of the relationship between software and energy usage.

Entry requirements

  • MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


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Develop your skills with specialist training in research methods

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

Focus your  research on the commercialisation of specialist digital products

There is a keen interest in supporting research relevant to the commercialisation of specialist technology-based products supporting design, manufacture, marketing and retail. This is due to the School of Computing and IT hosting the university's new Applied Design for Business Research Unit.

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