Research activity

Research activity in the Institute for Communication Systems (formerly the Centre for Communication Systems Research, CCSR) takes place largely through our PhD courses where the centre has over 90 doctoral candidates at a time including some on a part time programme, which supports stronger links with the industry.

Postgraduate research

PhD opportunities

We are always looking for good PhD students. Applications are always welcome from self-funded or locally supported prospective students. Funding for exceptional applicants is available through the yearly ICS scholarships.

Another possibility is to apply for a Research Fellowship in case of vacancies in our research projects and pursue a part-time PhD; this requires a suitable background and research experience (and implies a longer path towards a PhD).

If you are seeking a scholarship or have self funding, in the first instance you may wish to send your CV to an academic member of staff in ICS to see what suitability you have for a scholarship and discuss research topics as appropriate.

A more plausible path to obtain a scholarship for a PhD is by doing a MSc at Surrey and getting a distinction; this increases significantly the chances of a scholarship.

Each year we have a limited amount of EPSRC funding available. UK students may be eligible for tuition fees and living allowance in the form of an EPSRC grant, and EU students may obtain tuition fees from the EPSRC.

Research Fellowship opportunities

From time to time, we advertise for high calibre research staff, to come and work at the Institute on one of our research projects. Current vacancies at the university are listed by human resources.


Research papers authored by ICS (formerly CCSR) staff and students may be located in two ways.

The University's Research Publication Archive (SRI)

View all ICS research papers starting with the most recent (link directs to the SRI website)

Researcher's pages

ICS staff and students frequently host personal copies of their publications on their personal pages.

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Institute for Communication Systems
James Clerk Maxwell building
University of Surrey