PhD Computer Science

Our Computer Science PhD programme offers advanced training and research opportunities in various areas of computer science. It offers rigorous training, opportunities for collaboration, and the chance to make meaningful contributions to advancing technology and knowledge.

Key course information

Entry requirements
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Start date
October 2024
4 years
UK fees
Overseas fees
Subject area
Computer science

Why choose this

Our PhD research programme provides you with the opportunity to study a wide range of computer science topics. These include technologies and systems for securing online businesses and our lives, technologies inspired by nature for solving complicated real-world problems in areas such as transport and health, and real-world applications of advanced technologies in cyber security and machine learning. Our expert supervisors, highly rated research activities and excellent facilities mean you’ll be a specialist in your field by the time you complete your PhD.

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS), led by the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, is one of only 19 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research recognised by the UK government. It is particularly strong in interdisciplinary research with subject areas including electrical and electronic engineering, biomedical sciences, psychology, business, sociology  and law. We also have strong ties with global research institutes, such as the University of Oxford, Microsoft Research Cambridge, KU Leuven (Belgium), McMaster University (Canada) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for joint PhD projects.

Many PhD projects are undertaken in collaboration with industrial partners. We strive to excel in our research, with many members of staff publicly recognised as experts in their respective fields.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 ranks Surrey 7th in the UK for research outputs in computer science, with 100 per cent of those outputs recognised as either world-leading (57.1 per cent) or internationally excellent. 100 per cent of our computer science postgraduate research students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA).

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