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The PhD Computer Science programme provides the opportunity to investigate and contribute with innovative solutions to state-of-the-art technologies, research and challenges in Computer Science.

An introduction to the Department

The Department of Computer Science is part of the larger School of  Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences, which includes our world leading Department of Meteorology and several national research centres. We have an active community of about 40 PhD students.

We work with a wide variety of industrial and academic partners to achieve significant social and economic benefits.

What we offer

We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our PhD is available for study on a full-time basis over 3-4 years and part-time over 5-6 years. Both full-time and part-time variants are available for study in Reading or at a distance.

Research topics

Our programme includes research topics such as advanced computing and programming paradigms (Parallel and Distributed Computing, Cloud and mobile computing), computational intelligence, machine learning, data mining, predictive analytics, big data and computer vision.

If you are interested in PhD opportunities related to: cybernetics; neurorehabilitation robotics; brain computer interfaces; applied machine learning; systems neuroscience; human computer interaction; wearable sensors; or biomedical imaging, sensing and diagnostic technologies, see Biomedical Engineering.

The Graduate School

All postgraduate research students automatically become members of the University-wide Graduate School. The Graduate School provides training, professional development, study space, advice and administrative support in a dedicated building for the postgraduate research community at Reading.

Careers

Career prospects for students of our courses tend be strong, as the knowledge and skills acquired are very relevant not only to the IT and high-tech industry, but also in the large majority of the industrial and scientific domains.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications in all research areas related to Computer Science. Master's degree is desirable, but not essential.

PhD opportunities

You may contact our academics to discuss potential research topics and supervision. Here are some examples of available research projects:

 Research Topic

 Supervisors

 Closing date for applications

Big Data Analytics and Data Stream Mining Dr Frederic Stahl Applications accepted all year round
Big Data Analytics and Mining for Parallel and Distributed Computing Paradigms Dr Giuseppe Di Fatta Applications accepted all year round
Exploring sparse random projections for streaming algorithms Dr Frederic Stahl Applications accepted all year round
Interactive data visualisation for sense making Dr Lily Sun
Dr Frederic Stahl
Applications accepted all year round
Investigation of anti-spoofing mechanisms in face recognition

Dr Hong Wei
Professor James Ferryman

Applications accepted all year round

If you are interested in PhD opportunities related to: cybernetics; neurorehabilitation robotics; brain computer interfaces; applied machine learning; systems neuroscience; human computer interaction; wearable sensors; or biomedical imaging, sensing and diagnostic technologies, see Biomedical Engineering.

How to Apply

Applications for a PhD programme can be made online and must include the following documents:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Contact details for two academic references
  • A research proposal

For candidates whose native language is not English, proof of competency is required. The University also provides pre-sessional  English language courses if a candidate's English ability is not yet at the required standard.

Preparing a research proposal

Your research proposal helps the School identify a potential PhD supervisor. Your proposal is an opportunity to show your potential and enthusiasm for scientific research. The University offers useful guidelines on writing a research proposal.

We welcome original proposals by prospective students. It is preferable, but not essential, to agree on a research proposal with one of our academics prior to the application. We can also provide a list of research projects that are of particular interest to our academics.

Apply now

Please don't hesitate to contact us for any further enquiries: pgcompsci@reading.ac.uk

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