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Technical and Applied Computing PhD

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What is Technical and Applied Computing?

Undertake postgraduate research while drawing on university expertise. Our specialisms include applied computing, artificial intelligence, cyber security, big data and data mining, business intelligence, e-business technology, application and management, IoTs, IT and IS, e-learning and digital forensics, and system modelling.

There’s a strong applied research focus in our School of Computing & Engineering – and particular interests in work that engages with the concerns of the user, the needs of businesses and the rapid developments within the IT industry and engineering sectors.

We may also be able to offer you effective supervision for cross-disciplinary projects that link to business management. As a research degree candidate, you’ll be supported by a supervisory team with expertise in your subject and/or research approach. A research degree will open the door to work in full-time research or teaching, or provide a greater understanding of professional practice.

Research environment

The School of Computing & Engineering is active in pure and applied research, knowledge transfer and industrial projects. There are a number of dedicated laboratories for researchers. This strong and dynamic background means postgraduate researchers will join a group of about 30 research candidates involved in extending both new knowledge and professional practice.

All postgraduate researchers are required to initially take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers. We also offer a range of further research training events, postgraduate researcher-led seminars, conferences and summer schools – as well as training offered through other universities and bodies.

This diverse range of events helps you gain the skills and confidence you need to underpin your research journey.

This research contributes to the research priority area Applied Business and Technology.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area

    • A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic

    • We actively encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Fees and costs

Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Feb 2022 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) £5,000 £10,000
Oct 2022 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) TBC TBC
Feb 2023 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) TBC TBC
Oct 2023 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) TBC TBC
Feb 2024 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) TBC TBC

Industry links

You’re also encouraged to attend national and international academic conferences in the latter stages of your research to present your ideas, and receive feedback at such events.

We also support publication opportunities, where with the help of your supervisors, you may want to submit journal articles as part of your researcher development.


Engineering technologies

We’re building on our established and developing base in this domain. We’re taking forward diverse work that encompasses general engineering, analytics and optimisation and bionics (learning from nature). These areas will develop with a strong applied focus and draw on the university’s expanding facilities at C11, Berkeley.

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Develop your skills with specialist training in research methods

Research students who haven’t already completed a relevant Master’s 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.

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Focus your research on the commercialisation of specialist digital products

There’s a keen interest in supporting research relevant to the commercialisation of specialist technology-based products supporting design, manufacture, marketing and retail.

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