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PhD, MPhilComputer & information sciences

Research opportunities

You can study an MPhil over the course of one year or a PhD over the course of three years here in Scotland.

You also have the option of studying a PhD in Saudi Arabia over three years, four years or five years.

Part-time study is available too.

You can study either option in any of our eight research groups:

Current research opportunities

Scottish Funding Council Highly Skilled Workforce Digital Health & Care Institute Scholarship Programme 2015/16

The Digital Health & Wellness research group in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde has been awarded eight Masters scholarships by the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) under the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Highly Skilled Workforce (HSW) programme.

Find out more about the scholarships.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) programme 

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD). 

This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.

It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:

  • the knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct your research
  • the personal qualities to succeed in your research and chosen career
  • the standards, requirements and conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
  • working with others and communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences

All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.

Find out more about the PG Cert RPD programme.

Fees & funding

Fees

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Here are our fees for 2017/18:

Scotland/ EU

  • £4,195 (full-time)

Rest of UK

  • £4,195 (full-time)

International students

  • £16,000 (full-time)

Funding

We have a couple of opportunities for funding available right now through the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Please contact David McMenemy for more information.

If you can't find what you're looking for, try our scholarship search instead.

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

How can I apply?

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Entry requirements

We look for a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a computer sciences discipline from a recognised academic institution.

If English isn't your first language, you'll also need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 as proof of English proficiency.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English is not your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250-1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated.

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Supervisors

Research supervisors are assigned to you by the department of Computer and Information Sciences.

Let us know who you'd like to work with in your application and the department will team you up with the best supervisor for your project.

Once we've received your application, your research proposal is passed to potential supervisors for consideration.

If it's not compatible with the researcher's current projects and they cannot supervise then it's passed along to another for consideration.

If they can supervise you, then the supervisor will confirm and nominate a potential second supervisor.

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

If you accept, you'll be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you'll have provided.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

International students

An ATAS clearance certificate will be a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate students in science, engineering and technology.

You do not need an ATAS certificate if:

  • you are a UK/EU/EEA national
  • you require a Tier 4 student Visa, Entry Clearance or Extension to Stay to study in the UK
  • you wish to study within certain subject areas at the University where the exit award will be a doctorate or postgraduate masters degree

Find out if you need an ATAS certificate.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and help you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Careers

We have a great careers service at Strathclyde that can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have loads of different support for all students here at our University. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

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