Postgraduate research

If you are interested in contributing to computer science then we offer individually tailored research projects as part of our PhD course. This will provide you with a unique experience in which you will study to become an expert in your chosen field.

Apply for a PhD

All PhDs are individually tailored for you. Further details can be found on our Research page or click on our course below.

Funding opportunities

Our department offers a number of funding opportunities for postgraduate research students which are listed below. For further information please visit our fees and funding section.


The University routinely advertises studentships for postgraduate research studies.

Verification of security and privacy in modern communication protocols

Funding information:
A stipend of £16,000 per annum, tax-free, subject to nationality and residence status. Fees are covered for UK/EU students. Additional fees for international applicants are not covered, but top up funding may be obtained by applying to Surrey University for the Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme studentships (ORS).

Satellite systems security

Funding information:
Open for EU/UK students only. The appointed candidate will receive a PhD stipend of GBP 20,000 per year for 3.5 years within which the candidate is expected to submit their thesis. This stipend is significantly higher than an average UK PhD stipend. Additional funding is available to support conferences, travel and engagement with the NCC Group.

Learning, prediction and decision control in complex systems

Funding information:
A stipend of £16,000 per anum subject to nationality and residence status. Fees are covered for UK/EU students (in value of £4,260). Directly funded project (European/UK Students only).

We are offering tuition fee only scholarships for PhD students funded by China Scholarship Council (CSC).

Although not currently on the list of the CSC's official partners in the UK, the University of Surrey's Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science (FEPS) offers tuition fee only scholarships for a number of successful applicants who will be able to secure a CSC PhD scholarship. Our department will select up to two PhD applicants and support them with their application to the CSC for getting a PhD scholarship.

Please note: CSC scholarships are for Chinese nationals only, but can support some Chinese nationals who are currently studying overseas. Check CSC website for more guidelines.

University of Surrey's Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science (FEPS) has an annual call for up to two University Research Scholarships (URS, covering full costs for UK/EU students only) and up to four Overseas Research Scholarships (ORScovering the tuition fee difference between UK/EU students and non-UK/EU students*).

The Department of Computer Science will select up to two applications for URS and two applications for ORS to participate in the faculty-wide competition for such scholarships.

  • Application deadline: 15 March 2018 (predicted)
  • Expected start date of PhD study: July 2018

To apply please contact Dr André Grüning.

We also consider externally-funded postgraduate research students to study with us. Although we cannot provide funding for such students, we can make an offer letter if an applicant passes our quality check, which can normally help applicants to secure external funding e.g. PhD scholarships from their governments.

For applicants from Commonwealth countries, Commonwealth Scholarships is a good source for getting such funding. More external scholarships for PhD studies in the UK can be found at Postgraduate Studentships.

For such opportunities, there is no application deadline and students can start in January, April, July or October of each year.

We welcome short-term and long-term visiting postgraduate research students for visits between 6 to 12 months.

For further information on when and how to apply, as well as any fees you will be charged, take a look at our visiting postgraduate researchers application guidance.

Research tailored to you

All postgraduate research students work on individual projects within one of our research groups. A postgraduate research degree normally lasts for 48 months. During this time you will undertake a critical review of your chosen field of study to bring you to the cutting-edge of knowledge, propose a novel solution to your chosen problem, whether theoretical or empirical, and evaluate it. Along the way you will demonstrate your progress during your postgraduate research probationer transfer, publish at either an international conference or through an international journal, before finally defending your thesis in your viva examination.

During your studies you are supported by two academics who you will meet with regularly. You will also be part of the larger Doctoral College community, which brings together researchers from all parts of the University. As part of the Doctoral College, you will attend a training programme that will help you gain the skills you need to become a fully-fledged researcher, whether that is brushing up on your project management skills or learning how to get published.

If you have an idea for a topic, or want to talk to someone about their current work, please get in touch with individual academics.

Key contact

Director of PGR Studies and Admissions Tutor - Dr André Grüning

Phone: +44(0)1483 682648