Computing postgraduate research degrees
If you're ready to start your journey towards a postgraduate research qualification – and put your skills in Computing to work solving the pressing issues of the future – look no further than Portsmouth.
As a postgraduate researcher here, you could research everything from cyber security and digital infrastructure for business, to the ways in which computational intelligence, paradigms and algorithms can be used in robot-enhanced therapy, limb motion recognition, and autism spectrum disorders intervention.
Our research is already creating impact and helping address issues facing organisations, businesses and individuals, with 100% of our research impact in Computer Science and Informatics was rated as outstanding or as very considerable in terms of reach and significance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 – and when you study for a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll play your own part in turning our expertise into impact.
Find out about our PhD, MPhil, and PhD by Publication opportunities in Computing below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.
Computing PhDs and MPhils
Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Computing, or submit your own research idea.
PhD and MPhil projects
- Detection and utilisation of learning-related emotion using machine learning within an education setting
- MOCHA - model checking with agility
- Embedding intelligence in UVA swarms by learning of task manoeuvre and cooperative behaviour
- Detection of emotional states from speech and text
- Machine learning for digital marketing and consumer behaviour prediction
- Modelling strategic management with multiple intelligent agents
- Dynamic rail timetabling to improve punctuality and sustainability
- Development of a framework for IoT Forensics
- Multimodal Motion Analysis for Rehabilitation Exoskeleton Robot Control
- Ambient Assisted Living Technologies
- Mutation Testing and Analysis with Application to Smart Energy Systems
- Hybrid AI for image interpretation and isotopic identification
- Semantic Identification of objects of interest using Convoluted Neural Networks
- Outcome and Mortality Prediction in Intensive Care Units using Machine Learning
- Improving EV critical infrastructure resilience through AI-powered IoT system vulnerability assessment
- Investigating state interference on Twitter
- Machine learning approach to identifying side channel attacks on cloud computer systems
- Analysing security and reliability effects of mutations in communication protocols
- A framework for security policy definition and enforcement in database-defined networks
- Clinical data science
- Deep learning for pattern recognition, identification, And classification from big datasets
- Self-learning for computer vision asset management
- Ambient assisted living with multiview low data rate imaging
- Recognising routines in video for safe ambient assisted living
- Maritime cyber risk assessment and mitigation using Artificial Intelligence
- Property preserving refinements in formal software engineering
- Recognising Routines in Video for Safe Ambient Assisted Living
- Consumer decision making based on cutting-edge digital technologies and sustainable retailing models
- AI for energy reconstruction in detectors for nuclear medicine
- The problem of anonymisation on graph data
- Personalized health early warning measure
- A novel deep learning framework for user identification via their network activities
- Cyber threats prediction using experience sharing model and ensemble learning algorithms
- Blocks-based environments for learning programming in text-based languages
- Integrated AI framework for grasp and manipulation of intelligent robots
- Exploring the impact of information standards and computerised health records upon inpatient medicines optimisation: Improving shared understanding for patients and practitioners
- Software Design and Development as an Intrinsic Part of the Compositional Process (Music/Sound)
- Deep Learning for Pattern Recognition Identification and Classification from Big Datasets
- A Novel Framework for Robot Training and Tutoring Using Natural Language
- Analytics Theory and Applications for Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Multi-modal Intelligent Sensing and Recognition for Human-Robot Interaction collaboration
- Integrating User Generated Online Content in Software Development Processes
- Self-adaptive machine learning methods for outcome prediction in real-world complex datasets
- Ambient Assisted Living with Multiview Low Data Rate Imaging
- Clinical outcome modelling
- Energy-aware routing for wireless sensor networks for structural health monitoring
- Emerging and future technologies for visualisation
PhD by Publication
A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.
Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.
For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.
Duration, fees and funding
What do my tuition fees cover?
If you're self-funding your PhD, you'll pay tuition fees to the University to cover course and university costs.
Your tuition fees cover:
- The cost of your postgraduate research programme* at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision, and examinations
- Bespoke training, professional development courses, networking, and research support through The Graduate School
- Research seminars and workshops (university-wide and faculty-specific)
- A contribution to funding to attend a conference or development activity in your research field
- Tailor-made weekly and monthly events, including weekly, themed experienced researcher-led talks and workshops
- Helping you become part of our thriving research community, including Research and Innovation services where 78% of our research impact was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in REF 2014
- Your graduation ceremony
- Viva examination and administration costs
- The facilities and equipment you need to complete your studies, such as computer rooms, access to laptops, the Library, and laboratories
- Access to resources including electronic journals, alternative guide to funding, and thousands of hours of educational videos on LinkedIn Learning
- University support services including academic, financial, careers and wellbeing support and personal tutors
- Membership of the Students' Union (giving you the right to vote in elections, join clubs and societies, and get free independent advice)
- Access to software such as Microsoft Office, SPSS and Adobe Creative Suite (this includes Photoshop, InDesign, and Adobe Premiere Pro)
*Please note that some research programmes may come with additional bench fees.
How long will my research degree take?
- MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
- PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
- PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time
How much will my research degree cost?
2021/2022 fees (applicable to October 2021 and February 2022 start)
- Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a*
- Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a*
- International full-time students: £17,600 p/a*
- International part-time students: £8,800 p/a*
- Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a*
- Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a*
- International full-time students: £16,300 p/a*
- International part-time students: £8,150 p/a*
PhD by Publication
- External candidates: £4,407 p/a*
- Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,720 p/a
All fees are subject to annual increase. If you are an EU student starting a programme in 2021/22 please visit this page.
*This is the 2020/21 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) maximum studentship fee; this fee will increase to the 2021/22 UKRI maximum studentship fee when UKRI announces this rate in Spring 2021.
Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.
MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.
For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.
Entry requirements for PhDs and MPhils
The entry requirements for a PhD or MPhil include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.
If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Support and facilities
When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
You can use high-tech laboratories with the latest technology, including multimedia studios, a large-scale 3D immersive Virtual Reality room used for Virtual Reality Research, advanced motion capture facilities, and advanced interface devices including haptic feedback and EMG sensors used for Intelligent Systems Research Support.
What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?
Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.
Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.
Explore the work we're doing across our areas of research expertise in Computing.
Our research is studying computational paradigms, with the aim of designing and developing algorithms which can be implemented with human machine systems.
We're exploring how technology and professionals can support the strategic, managerial and operational activities of a business.