PhD/MPhil/MSc by Research Computer Science

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    Ph.D. 3Yr FT
    Ph.D. 6Yr PT
    MSc by Research 1Yr FT
    MSc by Research 2Yr PT
    M.Phil. 2Yr FT
    M.Phil. 4Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:1

Course Overview

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The Computer Science department is always keen to attract applications from highly motivated and suitably qualified candidates to undertake postgraduate research in the Department of Computer Science.

As an MSc by Research (1 year), MPhil (2 years) or PhD (3 years) Computer Science student you will be guided by internationally leading researchers and will carry out a large individual research project.

You will be fully integrated into one of our established research groups and participate in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratories, and field work.

Key Features

The Department is amongst the top 25 in the UK, with a growing reputation in research both nationally and internationally. It is home to world class researchers, excellent teaching programmes and fine laboratory facilities.

All postgraduate Computer Science programmes will provide you the transferable skills and knowledge to help you take advantage of the excellent employment and career development prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry.

Description

Computer Science is at the cutting edge of modern technology, and is developing rapidly and 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.

Entry Requirements

We normally require a minimum of a 2:1 degree or equivalent, or an appropriate Master's degree with Merit.

MSc by Research applicants should normally have a 2.1 Honours Degree or higher in Computer Science, Mathematics or a closely related discipline.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

How To Apply

Before applying, please identify a research topic or area by consulting our list of current research areas.

Once you have identified a research topic or an area, please complete a Research Proposal Form which can be downloaded, and discuss this with the Admissions Tutor, Dr Oliver Kullmann.

Home applicants: you can then submit your application via the Admissions Office.

EU and Overseas applicants: you can then submit your application via the Admissions Office.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £4,120 £14,850
Ph.D. Part-time £2,060 £7,400
MSc by Research Full-time £4,120 £14,850
MSc by Research Part-time £2,060 £7,400
M.Phil. Full-time £4,120 £14,850
M.Phil. Part-time £2,060 £7,400

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the PhD, MSc by Research or MPhil Computer Science do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

Course Structure

The Computer Science department is always keen to attract high-quality postgraduate students to join our research groups. As an MSc by Research (1 year), MPhil (2 years) or PhD (3 years) student you will be guided by internationally leading researchers and will carry out a large individual research project.

The MSc by Research degrees enable you to pursue a one year individual programme of research and would normally terminate after a year.  However, under appropriate circumstances, this first year of research can also be used in a progression to Year 2 of a PhD degree. 

The MSc by Research programmes all have a recommended initial research training module (Science Skills & Research Methods), but otherwise has no taught element and is most suitable for you if you have an existing background in biosciences or cognate discipline and are looking to pursue a wholly research-based programme of study.

You will be fully integrated into one of our established research groups and participate in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratories, and field work. 

Assessment

PhD: A thesis of no more than 100,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva).

MPhil: A thesis of no more than 60,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva). In some cases, there may be opportunities for students to continue onto a PhD.

MSc by Research: The first part shall take the form of a thesis embodying the methods and results of the research project. All theses should be presented in accordance with the University’s Guide to the Submission and Presentation of a Thesis for Research Students.

The second part shall take the form of an oral examination (viva voce).

Facilities

As a postgraduate student in the Department of Computer Science you will have access to the following facilities and software:

  • Fully networked laboratory running Windows
  • Fully networked laboratory running Linux
  • Project laboratory containing specialized equipment

The above laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog. There are also integrated programme development environments such as Visual Studio and Netbeans; the widely used Microsoft Office Package; web access tools and many special purpose software tools including graphical rendering and image manipulation tools; expert system production tools; concurrent system modelling tools; World Wide Web authoring tools ; and databases.

Research

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Swansea Computer Science ranked 11th in the UK for percentage of world-leading research, and 1st in Wales for research excellence. 40% of our submitted research assessed as world-leading quality (4*).