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There are plenty of reasons to start a PhD with us. We're internationally recognised for the quality of our research. We're developing a research culture of innovation and collaboration. We're home to experts with experience of producing important, interesting, relevant and successful research.

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Overview

If you're ready to start your journey towards a postgraduate research qualification – and put your skills in Computing and Information Systems to work solving the pressing issues of the future – look no further than Portsmouth.

As a postgraduate researcher here, you could research everything from cyber security and digital infrastructure for business, to the ways in which computational intelligence, paradigms and algorithms can be used in robot-enhanced therapy, limb motion recognition, and autism spectrum disorders intervention.

Our research is already creating impact and helping address issues facing organisations, businesses and individuals, with 100% of our research impact in Computer Science and Informatics was rated as outstanding or as very considerable in terms of reach and significance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 – and when you study for a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll play your own part in turning our expertise into impact.

What you'll experience

When you study for a PhD with us, you'll:

  • get support from our Graduate School to develop your skills as a researcher and academic
  • develop exceptional skills and knowledge
  • learn from people at the forefront of their disciplines
  • graduate with demonstrable proof of expertise in your chosen field
  • study for 3 years (full-time) or 6 years (part-time)
  • write a thesis of 40,000 – 80,000 words, depending on your subject area
  • complete a Viva Voce (an oral defence of your work)

Careers and opportunities

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

When you graduate with a PhD from the University of Portsmouth , you'll have a body of work and a prestigious qualification that can open doors to further research study – or to senior roles in your industry.

When you finish your PhD, our Careers and Employability service can help you put your skills to work in a rewarding career within your chosen field.

And for up to 5 years after you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can offer you help, advice and support as you advance in your career.

Programme Structure

Our researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:

  • Data mining
  • Neural networks
  • Fuzzy systems
  • Evolutionary optimisation
  • Machine learning
  • Pattern recognition
  • Computer vision and bioinformatics

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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October, February

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. 
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. 
  • All applicants are subject to interview.

Funding

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