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PhD in Computer Science (2021 Entry)

Group of computer science students

  • Course Code
  • P-G5P0
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • PhD
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 3-4 years
  • Part-time: up to 7 years

The PhD in Computer Science offers exciting opportunities to do cutting-edge research in an internationally renowned environment. In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), the CS department was ranked 2nd (out of 89 UK Computing departments).

The PhD program is suitable for skilled and highly-motivated students to do research at the frontiers of Computer Science in a broad range of theoretical and applied topics. The program is meant to train students for high-profile jobs in both Academia and Industry.

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Theory and Foundations

Algorithm Design and Analysis; Approximation, Online Algorithms and Constrained Optimisation; Automata Theory, Model Checking, Sublinear Algorithms and Combinatorics; Verification and Controller Synthesis.


High Performance and Scientific Computing; Business and Internet Computing; Fault Tolerant and Reliable Systems; Intelligent and Distributed Systems; Communication Networks and Data Science; Software Tools.

Artificial Intelligence

Multi-Agent Systems; Strategic Artificial Intelligence; Explainable AI; Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning; Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems; Deep Learning for Imaging Data; Intelligent Connected Vehicles.

Data Science

Data Management and Engineering; Data Analytics and Data Mining; Statistical / Machine Learning; Data Science Applications.

Applied Computing

Computational Neuroscience; Computational Pathology; Systems and Synthetic Biology; Digital Forensics; Multimedia Processing and Computer Vision.

Human-Centred Computing

Social Media Analytics; Health Informatics; Social Informatics; Smart Cities; Adaptivity and Personalisation; Educational Technology; Computer Science Education.

Students are encouraged to attend Departmental seminars given by leading experts from the research community. Students can enrol in a Transferrable Skills Training program.

Entry requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and preferably an MSc in a related subject

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

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