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Centre for Doctoral Training and Research in Computer Science


Scholarships and Funding

Applications to CS CDT are considered through the CS PhD Application Process
Application Advice
Funding Opportunities

Our Facilities

The Computer Science Centre for Doctoral Training and Research benefits from state-of-the-art facilities in the new Mathematical Sciences Building, part of a £27million investment.

Our People


List of current students


CDT and PGR Director:

Prof Hakan Ferhatosmanoglu

CDT and PGR Manager:

Kelly Chennery

kelly dot chennery at warwick dot ac dot uk

Research Excellence

Computer Science at Warwick is renowned for producing high-quality high-impact research. Our students are expected to publish their research in premier venues, and present their work at leading international conferences. These links provide more information on our PhD programme and research activities.

Publications by Warwick Computer Science researchers can be found on the WRAP publications service.

Further a selection of Doctoral Theses by our graduates can be found here.

About the CS CDT

Computer Science Centre for Doctoral Training and Research provides a stimulating research environment for our PhD students to enrich their experience and strengthen their research quality. The PhD students work in an interdisciplinary environment, which allow them make a lasting contribution to their field. The CDT provides opportunities for our PhD students to gain foundational training, specialist knowledge, multi-disciplinary expertise, and the leadership skills necessary for computer science researchers. It supports students to build relationships with other students, teams within the University and forge links with industry and organisations outside of the University.

Student Committee

Students are encouraged to participate in the department's postgraduate student-staff liaison committee (SSLC). The committee is student-led, with representation from all year groups and research groups, and meets together with staff representatives each term to discuss feedback and postgraduate issues. The committee is also responsible for social activities, including termly PGR Pizza lunch, CDT social excursions, PGR Boardgames evenings, and more.

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 skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today's evolving issues, and future challenges.

Induction Events

We organise a welcome event and induction activities at the start of term to orient new students. This is now online due to the COVID19 restrictions. Our pre-COVID event was done in the scenic English countryside, including 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. A formal induction event takes place online, introducing our students to our administrative and IT staff. Students are trained to build online webpages and maintain their professional skills portfolio. The Doctoral College provides additional information and support.

Taught Modules
All 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.
Postgraduate Colloquium

Each year our students present their work at the Warwick Postgraduate Colloquium in Computer Science (WPCCS), our annual departmental conference. The conference includes talks and poster presentations with prizes awarded within each track. 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. Our students are expected to attend this as part of their training programme.

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.

Transferable Skills

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 train excellent PhD students who have undertaken high quality original research and who are well-prepared for a career, either in academia or elsewhere.

Postgraduate Researchers who Teach

All new students attend a Preparing to Teach in HE 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.

Alan Turing Institute

We are one of the co-founders of the Alan 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.