PhD, MPhil Computer & information sciences

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Research opportunities

You can study an MPhil over the course of one year or a PhD over the course of three years. Part-time study is also available.

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

Saudi Arabia programme

Female members of academic staff in some Saudi universities may be eligible to apply for PhD entry under our External Joint Supervision Programme. This allows for study to take place in Saudi Arabia with occasional student visits to Strathclyde. In the first instance, prospective applicants should contact the External Joint Supervision Programme administrators in their home institution as local university support is required.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

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Find out about funding opportunities through our scholarship search.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

*Fees have not yet been set by research councils.

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Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert 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:

  • knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct your research
  • personal qualities to succeed in your research and chosen career
  • 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 PgCert RPD programme.


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Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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Research supervisors are assigned to you by the Department of Computer & Information Sciences. Let us know in your application who you'd like to work with, but 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 are unable to supervise, it's passed along to another for consideration. If they can supervise you, they’ll 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.

When you accept our offer of study, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you'll have provided.

NameResearch methodologies & topicsCurrent PhD student topics
Dr Robert Atkey 
  • formal analysis of programming languages via type theory, denotational semantics, and theorem provers
  • resource aware type theory
Dr Diane Pennington
  • data collection - data mining such as hashtags and comments or other online metadata, surveys, interviews, case studies. Analysis: descriptive/nonparametric statistics, discourse analysis, multimodal analysis, geospatial analysis, qualitative and quantitative content analysis.
  • social media for national libraries, online self-harm information on social media, academics' social media use, hashtags for information retrieval, mental health information access, credibility of tweets for dementia information, resource discovery in heterogeneous digital content environments. 
Dr David Bevan  
  • the evolution of the random permutation as the number of inversions increases
  • the asymptotic structure and enumeration of permutation classes
  • permutation grid classes
Dr Murray Wood
  • case study, experimental research, quantitative and qualitative techniques
  • software design, use of design practices such as inheritance and Interfaces, Design Properties of Open Source Systems.
Dr Sergey Kitaev
  • methods in enumerative, algebraic and bijective combinatorics, combinatorics on words, and graph theory; discrete analysis approach; algorithmic approach; computer based experimentations. 
  • patterns in combinatorial objects, representations of graphs, uniform distribution of resources.
Dr Leif Azzopardi
  • qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, mixed methods, data analytics, user studies, simulations, economic models. 
  • conversational search agents, human agent interaction, neural and deep learning for information retrieval, search engine and algorithmic bias, search user interfaces, models of search and information behaviour, predictive analytics of user behaviour.
Dr Mark Dunlop
  • user-based research particularly in mobile and activity support, qualitative and quantitative usability studies, technology probe development, machine learning for interaction 
  • investigating smart-app support for:
  1. speech therapy
  2. independent travel for people with Down's Syndrome
  3. medical consultation for people with mild learning difficulties
  4. people getting dialysis treatment

Our research

We research a wide range of areas including theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, information sciences and software systems. 

Our research projects are funded by a wide range of organisations including the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Economic & Social Research Council and the European Union.

Find out more about our research

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Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

Read our step-by-step guide on how to submit your application.

How to apply
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Entry requirements

We look for a first-class or upper second-class 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.

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 (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate is a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate students in science, engineering and technology.

Find out if you need an ATAS certificate.

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Contact us

Computer & Information Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3189


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