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Computer Science Research Degrees PhD

Computer Science Research Degrees PhD

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Full time | University of Hull | 3 years | 01-FEB-21

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Computer Science Research Methods (Science)

Course type


Course Summary

About our programmes

Whether you choose to study at Masters or PhD level, you'll find that Computer Sciences at Hull combines research expertise and cutting-edge facilities to deliver a unique experience in your postgraduate journey. The qualification you earn will allow you to face the challenges that lie ahead in the rapidly-developing world of computer science and to gain a head start in your career. The research we do in Computer Science - from AI and informatics to gamification, computational science, robotics and visualization - builds on a long history of successful research and innovation.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the UK's assessment of research quality, we were ranked joint fifth in the country for the international, real-world impact of our research. Studying with us for a postgraduate research degree means you get to benefit from this expertise to solve a world-leading research problem of your own. Along the way, you will also acquire a wealth of other vital skills and enjoy being part of our active and friendly postgraduate student community.


Our academic experts welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of topics.

Artificial Intelligence and Informatics

Decision support and data mining (in telehealth)
Applied distributed information systems (privacy and security)
Big data
Digital healthcare technologies

Computational Science

Agent-based modelling
Data structures and analytics
Domain-specific languages
Crowd-sourced data
High-performance computing

Computer Gamification and Instruction

Using game technologies to improve motivation and engagement
Technology enhanced learning
Intelligent and personalised systems
Data mining (including educational data mining)
Human-computer interface aspects
Mobile and web-based applications

Dependable Systems

Optimal design refinement and allocation of dependability requirements - automation of processes in dependability standards
Automated dependability (safety, reliability, availability) analysis
Multi-objective optimisation of system architecture and maintenance
Automatic test data generation
New generation user interfaces for system design tools
Meta-heuristics, intelligent agents and application of AI in system design


Intelligent robots
Intelligent diagnostic tools
Cognitive architectures
Fuzzy logic and robotics
Assistive living robots

Simulation and Visualization

Applications of simulation and visualization
Underpinning technologies

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£4,407 per year. The mentioned fee is for year 19-20 there may be slight increase on 20/21.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£17,200 per year. The mentioned fee is for year 19-20 there may be slight increase on 20/21.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in Computer Science or related discipline with reasonable programming skills and experience. You should check our existing research areas and tailor your research proposal accordingly.