Computer Science MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £14,890 part time fees

Fees vary according to the exact nature of the research project.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

MPhil/PhD supervision is organised into five main research groups, each encompassing a number of leading-edge topics. The groups are:

Biology, neuroscience and computing
Bioinformatics; synthetic biology; software systems for bioinformatics; integrative computational biology; bio-ontologies; bio-inspired computation; computational modelling of biological systems; computational neuroscience; analysis and modelling of complex systems (Dr P Andras, Dr J Hallinan, Dr M Kaiser, Dr P Lord, Professor A Wipat).

Concurrent asynchronous systems
Theoretical aspects of concurrency; higher-order algebraic methods; analysis and development of concurrent systems; formal methods for VLSI; formal methods for systems biology; support systems for formal development of software (Dr J Fitzgerald, Professor C Jones, Dr V Khomenko, Professor M Koutny, Dr M Pietkiewicz-Koutny, Dr J Steggles).

Technologies for resilient systems; system and information security; password technologies; fault-tolerant architectures; dynamic systems and reconfiguration for dependability; interdisciplinary approaches to dependable systems; formal development methods and tools (Professor T Anderson, Dr J Fitzgerald, Dr T Gross, Dr F Hao,  Professor C Jones, Dr L Marshall, Dr C Mu, Professor B Randell, Dr S Riddle, Professor A Romanovsky, Dr K Wolters, Dr J Yan).

Human–computer interaction
User-centred computing; ubiquitous computing; user experience analysis; life experience enhancing and improving applications for the elderly and people with cognitive impairment; immersive technologies; digitally supported social inclusion; psychological, sociological and anthropological aspects of human–computer interactions (Dr M Balaam, Dr D Kirk, Dr L Marshall, Professor P Olivier, Dr T Plotz,  Professor P Wright).

Middleware for service-oriented computing; computer networks; distributed virtual environments; protocols, algorithms and services for security and reliability; quality-of-service management; ad-hoc networks and applications; game technologies; virtual environments; mobile computing; enterprise computing; probabilistic modelling, performance evaluation and optimisation of computer systems; distributed, grid and peer-to-peer databases; frameworks for e-science; human-computer interaction in mobile and pervasive systems; ambient intelligence; ubiquitous systems (Dr N Cook, Dr P Ezhilchelvan, Dr T Gross, Dr F Hao, Dr G Morgan, Dr J Palmer, Professor S Shrivastava, Dr N Speirs, Dr N Thomas, Dr A Tully, Professor A van Moorsel, Professor P Watson).

There are also cross-cutting research themes that involve staff from several research groups including: complex systems; cultural computing; security; e-science; pedagogical research; and cybercrime.

For more information about staff specialisms please see the School's website.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

The School of Computing Science offers an exciting environment for graduate students in its five research groups and its recognised specialist centres. The School has consistently been awarded high research ratings in national and international assessments. The PhD provides substantial training in research methods and tools and gives you an opportunity to make a unique contribution to computer science research. You work under the guidance of an experienced computer scientist within a research group and with the support of a team of advisers. Before you begin, you choose a broad area of interest within computing science and a supervisor with appropriate expertise.

The first year involves background research to help you identify an open research question and to formulate an approach to answering it; you also take short courses on research skills, innovation and career development. Following approval of your detailed research topic, the remaining time is spent conducting your supervised programme of research, and writing a thesis which is assessed in an oral examination. The MPhil programme provides a grounding in research skills and works towards a thesis which shows self-direction and originality in solving research-related problems.

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School also provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development, hosts postgraduate events and has links with several specialist graduate training networks.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree and/or a merit at master’s degree, or international equivalent, in computer science or a related discipline.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme, applicants will be informed of this in the offer letter.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year, although specific deadlines for funding may apply.

There are three possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 28 April 2014
  • 22 September 2014 

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Admissions Secretary
School of Computing Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8072

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Computer Science.

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