The Computer Science Centre for Doctoral Training and Research (CDT) provides a stimulating and enriching environment for our PhD and MSc-R students to become world-class researchers. Our Department not only offers a variety of programmes to gain foundational training, specialist knowledge, and multi-disciplinary expertise, but also ample opportunities to foster leadership skills and forge links with industry and organisations outside of the University.
Computer Science at Warwick is renowned for producing high-quality high-impact research. Our students are trained to publish their research in premier venues and present their work at leading international conferences.
The CS PhD students are active members of their respective research communities and the community as a whole. Their research aligns with one of our four research themes:
AI tool developed to help grade cancer based on cell divisions
An Easy-Sounding Problem Yields Numbers Too Big for Our Universe
FacilitiesCS CDT benefits from state-of-the-art facilities in the new Mathematical Sciences Building, part of a £27million investment.
Training at the Centre
Our students are funded and encouraged to take up technical and transferable skills training alongside the research element of their studies. Research is a collaborative experience, and our CDT environment equips and funds students to look at real world problems from a holistic view and explore innovative ideas. We bring together multiple areas of expertise to train next generation computer scientists and engineers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to tackle today's evolving issues and future challenges.
We organise a welcome event and induction activities at the start of term to orient new students. This includes an overview of the PhD process and administrative matters, lectures by various departmental research groups, mini tutorials on fundamental and advanced topics, panel sessions with students at different stages of their PhDs, team-based hackathons, and social events. The Doctoral College provides additional information and support.
Further LearningAll students are encouraged to make use of training opportunities and modules available in the department and in the university. A variety of taught modules are available along with online material, and postgraduate students are encouraged to take modules that would help most for the breadth and depth of their research studies.
Each year our students present their research at the Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS), our annual departmental conference managed by the students themselves. The conference includes talks and poster presentations with prizes awarded within multiple tracks. Postgraduate students also engage in smaller group meetings and presentations throughout the year to share and discuss their work in a collaborative and supportive environment.
Seminars and Talks
The department hosts a distinguished external speaker every fortnight at our Computer Science Colloquium. Talks are followed by discussions with the speaker over tea/coffee and cake.
Students are able to receive training for professional and transferable skills by attending workshops dedicated to STEM disciplines. For our CDT students, it is free to undertake an expert-run, accredited Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science, consisting of modules on topics ranging from project management and academic writing to team-working and research ethics. Our aim is to solidify the range of skills necessary for a successful career in either in academia or elsewhere.
All new students attend a Preparing to Teach in Higher Education workshop run by the department, which is needed before undertaking any paid Teaching Assistant role. There is scope for further training through the Introduction to Teaching for Postgraduates in the Sciences module with the Transferable Skills team, or the accredited 6 month Postgraduate Researchers who Teach (APP PGR) programme leading to Associate Fellowship at the HEA. Submitting additional evidence qualifies attendees for the Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which can substantially enrich the portfolio of students wishing to further pursue an academic career.
Alan Turing Institute
We are one of the co-founders of the Alain Turing Institute. Through the Universities alliance with the Turing Institute, students have the opportunity to apply to spend time at the Institute. Students may apply for placement through the yearly Turing Enrichment Scheme or engage in other collaborative opportunities throughout the year with Turing researchers.