As a Computing PhD student, I work in a very friendly environment, with members of staff always ready to assist me. From the very beginning the department and the University has offered me all the equipment and support that I needed to start my research project. Moreover, the Department of Computing, through the seminars and the annual conference that it holds, is giving me all the essential experience to become a skilled researcher.
Our PhD research programme provides you with the opportunity to study a wide range of computer science topics – from the rapid rise of the software industry, forensics of multimedia security through to digital ecosystems and media analysis. Our expert lecturers, highly-rated course and excellent facilities mean that by the time you complete your PhD, you will be a specialist in your field.
Computing at Surrey has a booming postgraduate research programme of over 60 PhD students, with many industrial sponsorships. We have the best computing resources to support your research, including an Access Grid-equipped seminar room and a Grid infrastructure supporting leading-edge distributed technologies, as well as a number of high-performance servers.
The Department of Computing strives to be world-leading or internationally excellent in all its research, with many members of staff being publicly recognised as experts in their respective fields. Employment levels for our computing students are exceptionally high, and the Department performs well in student surveys.
Our PhD programme offers the opportunity to study in a wide range of interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research areas of computer science, with good support from academics and peers within a University committed to the personal, professional and academic development of its students.
There are currently around 60 PhD students in the department. The PhD community is very active and well organised when it comes to arranging research and social activities for students. An annual PhD conference, which has been successfully run for over ten years, is organised by the students to showcase their research work.
Why not read some of our recent news, including a feature on one of our PhD students, who was recently named best speaker in a Research Spotlight competition.
New technologies for security and safety-critical domains, ranging from trustworthy voting systems, to formal methods integration for software systems development, and formal models for UML.
Building up computational models for understanding biological and social intelligence and developing algorithms inspired by natural intelligence for solving complex real-world problems found in optimisation, signal processing and pattern recognition, decision-making, and self-organisation of collective system.
Why not explore our research in greater depth?
There are a number of fully funded PhD studentships for suitably qualified UK and EU nationals who can demonstrate the appropriate residency requirements. Other funding opportunities are also available within different research centres.
We have received major awards for research from the following:
Dr Anna Lisa Ferrara
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A first or upper second-class 2.1 degree in engineering or physical sciences, or equivalent overseas qualification, or a lower second 2.2 plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).
Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.
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Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
The University of Surrey has been ranked sixth in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.
"Demanding modules...really give you the opportunity to push your boundaries and advance your coding abilities"
Anna Vartapetiance won the top speaker prize at the annual London Hopper Colloquium for her presentation on online deception detection.
“I’m in a great position as Surrey has prepared me well for a career in academia or industry”
“I feel like my degree has not only given me extensive internet computing knowledge which will be useful in my career, but also important skills including project management, time-keeping and professional communication”
Professor Alan Woodward has been appointed as an academic adviser to EC3, the Europol agency set up to fight cybercrime.
A Surrey professor has become one of the first contributors to a newly formed website looking at in-depth current affairs.
The University’s four faculties got together on 16 January to celebrate the achievements of the three-year MILES programme and the launch of its successor, Collaboration Surrey.
At Surrey we are committed to enhancing our portfolio of postgraduate programmes to meet the demands from industry. This year we have introduced 8 new Postgraduate programmes which will prepare the way forward for your exciting future.
This lecture was also the keynote lecture of the VoteID 2013 conference, the 4th International Conference on e-Voting and Identity hosted by the Department of Computing on July 18, 2013.
The Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has been a member of the House of Lords since 1999. She spoke about issues relating to trust and the need to be able to assess who is trustworthy for which purposes.
She currently works on practical judgement and normativity; conceptions of public reason and of autonomy; trust and accountability; the ethics of communication (including media ethics), and on Kant's philosophy.
"Surrey’s academic reputation and status as a research-led institution confirmed my belief in the University. "