Our Computer Science Integrated PhD combines taught computer science modules with research. It gives you an opportunity to make a unique contribution to computer science research. You will work within a research group, guided by experts and supported by a team of advisers.
Our Computer Science Integrated PhD (IPhD) allows you to match your studies with your interests. You can choose from a wide range of modules and select your own focus for your final project.
Based in the School of Computing, our research reflects our strengths, capabilities and critical mass. Research supervision is available under our six research areas:
Advanced Model-Based Engineering and Reasoning (AMBER)
The AMBER group aims to equip systems and software engineering practitioners with effective methods and tools for developing the most demanding computer systems. We do this by means of models with well-founded semantics. Such model-based engineering can help to detect optimal, or defective, designs long before commitment is made to implementations on real hardware.
Digital Interaction Group (DIG)
The Digital Interaction Group (DIG) is the leading academic research centre for human-computer interaction (HCI) and ubiquitous computing (Ubicomp) research outside of the USA. The group conducts research across a wide range of fundamental topics in HCI and Ubicomp, including:
- interaction design methods, eg experience-centred and participatory design methods
- interaction techniques and technologies
- mobile and social computing
- wearable computing
- media computing
- context-aware interaction
- computational behaviour analysis
Applied research is conducted in partnership with the DIG’s many collaborators in domains including technology-enhanced learning, digital health, creative industries and sustainability. The group also hosts Newcastle University's cross-disciplinary EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics, which focusses on the use of digital technologies for innovation and delivery of community driven services. Each year the Centre awards 11 fully-funded four-year doctoral training studentships to Home/EU students.
Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS)
ICOS carries out research at the interface of computing science and complex biological systems. We seek to create the next generation of algorithms that provide innovative solutions to problems arising in natural or synthetic systems. We do this by leveraging our interdisciplinary expertise in machine intelligence, complex systems and computational biology and pursue collaborative activities with relevant stakeholders.
The Scalable Systems Group creates the enabling technology we need to deliver tomorrow's large-scale services. This includes work on:
- scalable cloud computing
- big data analytics
- distributed algorithms
- stochastic modelling
- performance analysis
- data provenance
- real-time simulation
- video game technologies
- green computing
Secure and Resilient Systems
The Secure and Resilient Systems group investigates fundamental concepts, development techniques, models, architectures and mechanisms that directly contribute to creating dependable and secure information systems, networks and infrastructures. We aim to target real-world challenges to the dependability and security of the next generation information systems, cyber-physical systems and critical infrastructures.
Teaching Innovation Group
The Teaching Innovation Group focusses on encouraging, fostering and pursuing innovation in teaching computing science. Through this group, your research will focus on pedagogy and you will apply your research to maximising the impact of innovative teaching practices, programmes and curricula in the School. Examples of innovation work within the group include:
- teacher training and the national Computing at School initiative
- outreach activities including visits to schools and hosting visits by schools
- participation in national fora for teaching innovation
- market research for new degree programmes
- review of existing degree programmes
- developing employability skills
- maintaining links with industry
- establishing teaching requirements for the move to Science Central
The excellence of our research has been recognised through awards of large research grants. Three recent examples are:
- Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data. Funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics. Funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- A £10m project to look at novel treatment for epilepsy. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Research Grant
Our teaching staff have international reputations, including some with extensive experience as practitioners. All our staff will work to support you in your studies, from admissions to graduation and your career beyond.
To get the most out of your study experience, we will encourage you to take part in a variety of activities. This includes taking part in seminars delivered by distinguished external speakers.
The IPhD combines taught Master's level modules with research. As an IPhD student, you will initially study alongside students on one of our masters' courses in computer science. You can choose from one of the following:
- Advanced Computer Science MSc
- Bioinformatics MSc
- Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics MSc
- Synthetic Biology MSc
- Computational Systems Biology MSc
- Computer Science MSc
- Computer Security and Resilience MSc
- Computer Game Engineering MSc
- Cloud Computing MSc
You must get an average of 65% in your taught modules to proceed with your research. If you get less than 65% you can continue with a Master's level research project. You will then graduate with an appropriate Master's degree.
Your first research year will be spent identifying a hypothesis and developing an approach to answer it.
You will also take short courses on research skills, innovation, personal and career development. The study skills you gain will help you manage your research project. You will receive training in:
- technical skills
- teaching skills
Once your supervisor has approved your research topic you can conduct your research. Your assessment includes:
- a written thesis
- an oral examination called a viva
At your viva you will discuss your research with two examiners. This includes a leading researcher from outside Newcastle University.
Members of our industry advisory group help to ensure that the programme is relevant to the needs of business and industry today. There are opportunities to choose a project for your final dissertation that has some industry involvement associated with it.
We have a policy of seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all of our degrees, so you can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.
You will have dedicated computing facilities in the School of Computing, including access to the latest tools for system analysis and development. For particular projects, special facilities for networking will be set up as required.
All of our students enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support their studies including:
- over 300 dedicated PCs running Linux and Windows
- an immersive virtual reality suite
- motion capture facilities
- 3D printing facilities
Our new £50M Science Central building currently being built will enhance the excellent facilities available to our students and academic community.
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Training & Skills
As this is an integrated PhD you will complete taught modules and receive support from our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
Researcher Development Programme
Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme aims to help you develop the skills and experience that the UK Research Councils expect you to have, or to develop, during your research degree.
Our programme will help you to:
- complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
- use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
- identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
- gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cloud Computing for Big Data
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cloud Computing for Big Data is a multi-million pound initiative, training the next generation of experts in the analysis of big data using advanced statistical methodologies and the latest cloud computing technologies. MRes plus PhD studentships are offered in this new area in which there is an acute skills shortage.
Computing scientists and statisticians work together on challenging problems in this exciting area. The CDT is supported by many industrial partners worldwide. It also has strong academic links with international groups.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Digital Civics
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £21,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree and/or a merit master's degree, or international equivalent, in computer science or a related discipline such as:
- systems engineering
We also value relevant industrial computing experience and transferable skills.
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- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
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You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.
How to Apply
Before you apply you should find and contact a research supervisor from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.