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COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH DEGREES

Ready to start your research career? Explore our postgraduate research degrees in Computing and Information Systems

If you're ready to start your journey towards a postgraduate research qualification – and put your skills in Computing and Information Systems 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.

Research degrees

Find out about our PhD, MPhil, and PhD by Publication opportunities in Computing and Information Systems 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 and Information Systems, or submit your own research idea. 

PhD and MPhil projects

Submit your own idea

If you already have a research idea, find a supervisor whose research interests match yours by searching our Find a PhD Supervisor page. Once you've identified someone suitable, contact them to discuss your idea.

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.

Fees, entry requirements and duration

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?

PhD and MPhil 

Computing:

  • Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,327 p/a*
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,164 p/a*
  • International full-time students: £16,400 p/a*
  • International part-time students: £8,200 p/a*

Creative Technologies:

  • Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,327 p/a*
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,164 p/a*
  • International full-time students: £15,100 p/a*
  • International part-time students: £7,550 p/a*

PhD by Publication

  • External candidates: £4,327 p/a
  • Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,550 p/a

*All fees are subject to annual increase

Funding support

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.

Apply

Apply for a research degree in Computing and Information by completing our online form.

October (2020 start)

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