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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.

We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our PhD is available for study on a full-time basis over three years and part-time over four to six 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.



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.

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.

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