The School of Computing Science is one of the longest established in the UK and our reputation, built up over more than 50 years, means that we are able to secure research funding from sources such as the UK research councils, the European Union and industry. Our current portfolio of projects is worth over £10 million.
The most recent (RAE) 2008 Research Assessment Exercise classed 80 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and 20 per cent as ‘world leading’.
Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.
Our programmes benefit from selected teaching and supervision by staff from different parts of the University.
For example, the MSc in Bioinformatics and the MSc in Neuroinformatics are taught jointly with the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the MSc in E-Business (Information Systems) is jointly taught with Newcastle University Business School. This ensures high-quality input for interdisciplinary work and adds to the opportunities for project work with industrial partners.
Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.
Research and MPhil/PhD supervision is currently clustered in five groups:
• neuroscience and computing
• concurrent asynchronous systems
• digital interaction
All our groups are supported by, and in many cases lead, large multisite national and international projects involving the active engagement of both industry and other research disciplines.
We also offer an Integrated PhD in Computer Science designed for professionals and graduates who wish to pursue a research career in computer engineering or computer science in industry or academia.
We have four research units that further stimulate our research and encourage working across themes that do not necessarily fall neatly into a group:
• Centre for Software Reliability
• North East Regional e-science Centre
• Digital Institute
• Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security
As you would expect, we have excellent computing facilities. As a postgraduate student, you will enjoy access to dedicated PC clusters running Windows and Linux and personal workspaces for research and MSc students.