Postgraduate Computer Science at Swansea


Applications are invited for two EPSRC-funded PhD Studentships:

  • Application deadline: Friday 16th May 2014

See below for some of the main reasons why you might like to study Computer Science here!

The Department

  • Highest percentage of top-class researchers of any Computer Science department in Wales – and only 12 in the UK have higher.
  • 70% of the research activity assessed as world-leading or internationally-excellent.
  • Friendly staff, committed to the highest standards.
  • A university with high success rate, low drop-out rate, and excellent student support.
  • Swansea's Library spends more per student on books and other resources than any other university in Wales, and most in the UK.
Three Cliffs

The subject

  • Computer Science is at the cutting edge of modern technology, and is developing rapidly.
  • Swansea Computer Science graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects.
  • Computer Science now plays a part in almost every aspect of our lives - science, engineering, the media, entertainment, travel, commerce and industry, public services and the home.
Aerial view

The location

  • A spectacular location, next to the beach and set within a vast park.
  • Next to the beaches and scenery of Gower.
  • Three Cliffs Bay (left) is only 15 minutes away, and is only one of many beaches.
  • A city with a vibrant social and cultural life and expanding high-tech industries.
  • A Campus University, surrounded by parkland.
Three Cliffs castle image

Postgraduate Degrees

Degree schemes

Taught Masters

The MSc (Master of Science) degrees all take 12 months of full-time study, including the dissertation.

Research Masters

MRes (Research Master) and MSc by Research degrees all take 12 months of full-time study, including the dissertation.

Higher Research Degrees

The MPhil (Master of Philosophy) degree takes 2–3 years, and the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree takes 3–4 years.

Visit us

We encourage all potential applicants to visit the Department.

The University welcomes visits from prospective postgraduate applicants, and there are a number of possibilities to visit during the year.  The next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 13th November 2013.


Postgraduate (UK) admissions enquiries:

All EU/International enquiries please contact:

How to apply


Applications can be made either on line, or by filling in an application pack. You can download the application pack, and also access the online application system, from the University's postgraduate application page.


Postgraduate (UK) admissions enquiries:

All EU/International enquiries:

Scholarships and bursaries

Applicants can apply for a range of bursaries and funding. See the College of Science Postgraduate Scholarships page for general information.

See also our PhD Opportunities page for details of any PhD scholarships currently open for applications, and for a list of potential supervisors and their topics.

HPC Wales MSc Bursaries

HPC Wales is currently offering a £500 contributory bursary to eligible students on selected courses at Swansea University, including  the MSc in Computer Science and the MSc in High Performance Computing

See here and also on the HPC Wales website for further information.

EPSRC doctoral training grants

Each year the University is awarded a Doctoral Training Grant (DTG) from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), from which the Department Research Committee is usually able to allocate a number of studentships. The Terms and Conditions of the DTG require Full Awards to be made (ie, Fees and Stipend) to Home students, but only allow Fees-Only Awards to be made to EU (non-UK-resident) students.

Overseas (non-EU) students are not normally eligible for DTG support. However, we can occasionally award fees (Home/EU level) and stipend to non-UK applicants in connection with the EPSRC scheme for International Doctoral Scholars.

The initial allocation of these studentships in 2013 was made at the end of May, based on a strictly academic ranking of eligible candidates by the Department Research Committee. 

See our PhD Opportunities page for further details.

College of Science PhD scholarships

Each year the University and its Colleges co-fund a number of PhD scholarships in connection with specific projects. 

We have been awarded 6 of these multi-disciplinary scholarships in 2013

See our PhD Opportunities page for details of the remaining openings.

Project grants

Academic staff at the Department usually hold (or will be in the process of applying for) funding for research projects in specific topics. Such funding may include PhD studentships, and positions as research assistants – the latter are advertised on the Swansea University Jobs page. It is often possible to combine a position as a research assistant with PhD studies in the same research topic.

Alternative funding sources

The University provides information about alternative funding sources.

Departmental travel and equipment funding

The Department aims to support the studies of postgraduate students to the fullest extent possible, subject to the availability of resources. It generally funds conference attendance in connection with presentation of papers or posters, as well as postgraduate training activities. It also provides computing facilities, including individual desktop computers and special hardware or software needed in connection with particular research projects.