Computer Science Integrated PhD


Student Profile

About me

Name: Phyllis
Course: Computing Science Integrated PhD
Study mode: Full time
Where I’m from: Nigeria

Choosing Newcastle

"I chose to study my postgraduate degree at Newcastle as it was the only university that had an IPhD programme that suited my academic plans. As I was coming from an industry background I wanted to gain the breadth of knowledge necessary to become a lecturer or consultant, which is why I chose the IPhD which takes me through both Master’s and PhD."

Studying at Newcastle

"Studying at Newcastle has been an invaluable experience. I found out that there is more than enough support available to assist me in accomplishing my dreams. I’ve had a lot of support from my supervisors and access to a great range of resources. The library offers journals, books, e-books and loads more, but mostly I’ve valued the opportunity to interact with leading specialists in my field. My supervisor also ensures that I have the equipment I need for my studies.

"My IPhD has given me a gradual introduction to what I will face as a lecturer or researcher in the long run – during my Master’s I have done exams and projects but my IPhD has allowed me to undertake these and use the experience to better prepare for the research I will be undertaking and with the full range of knowledge I need.

"As a postgraduate you must know how to structure and manage your time. You are responsible for your own learning. With my Master’s I had structured deadlines, whereas my PhD involves work which is much more spread out so I’m having to set my own deadlines.

"I do still have enforced deadlines, but they are mostly for things I’m doing outside my course, such as submitting papers.

"Really, the most important thing is that you must be self-motivated."

Postgraduate Community

"I’ve used postgraduate spaces to work in the library and I also work in an office. I’ve also been part of postgraduate training sessions in the SAgE faculty. I’ve had the chance to attend conferences and also worked collaboratively with my supervisor. I also work as a demonstrator in my School. As such, there are many parts of both the University’s and the wider research community’s postgraduate community that I have experienced."

Funding my studies

"I received information about funding via the University website and through emails, saying that I might be eligible for a £1,000 scholarship as an international student.

"I am sponsored by a Nigerian Government parastatal, NITDA (Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency). This opportunity was advertised in Nigerian newspapers, which is how I found out about it. I applied, did an aptitude test and was shortlisted as one of the six to be awarded sponsorship. I could go anywhere in the world and I chose to come to Newcastle because of the specialisms in the department and also the fact that it would only take me four years to complete the IPhD, whereas some of my friends had had to spend seven years to get the same level of qualification."

Career aspirations

"I aspire to be a world class specialist in my area of research. Newcastle is giving me a good platform to start this career. My supervisors don’t hesitate to push me in the right direction and we also have a top class visiting lecturer in the department who is providing guidance."


"I am renting from a private landlord near Fenham. I lived in Leazes Terrace in my first year which was big and spacious. I organised my accommodation this year through a local letting agency, and the student advice centre at the University helped me to go through the contract which was very useful. Where I live is good as it’s close to transport and also to good shops."

Living in Newcastle

"Newcastle is a lively place and fun to live in. I love shopping so I often go to Eldon Square in the city centre. Depending on where you shop you can get really good deals! Newcastle is vibrant and has friendly people. I know it’s a cultural city but I haven’t yet explored it properly, although I have been to the nearby city of Durham which is cute and quaint."

Remembering Newcastle

"The highlight of my time here would be the learning process – there’s been a lot to take in and also lots to give out! I’ve been appreciating what’s already been done and also finding a niche in my own area of research – all of it’s been an interesting journey."