• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

Overview

Key facts of the Computer Science (Research) programme offered by the University of Kent:

  • Your research should produce an original contribution in your chosen field of study. You work closely with your supervisor, a member of academic staff, who is your principal source of support. If you choose a research area that has interdisciplinary aspects, you may have more than one supervisor. In addition to regular supervision, you will be supported by a supervisory panel of three academic staff who provide further structured input and guidance.

Supporting your research

  • We offer an extensive support framework to all our research students. We support you in becoming an effective researcher through a series of weekly workshops taken in the first year. These cover research-specific subjects including how to access journals and review research publications, how to write and publish academic articles and how to present your work at seminars and conferences. You may also attend workshops on key transferable skills including communication, time management and teamwork.
  • You join one or more of our well-integrated, active research groups where you will be able to test and discuss your ideas and place your research in a broader context.
  • We host a seminar series for visiting speakers as well as holding regular seminars within our research groups where research students are encouraged to participate. We also host an annual postgraduate conference where you have the opportunity to both present your work and to gain experience as a conference organiser.

Careers

Many research students choose to continue their careers by working in academia. Our graduates have also gone on to work in:

  • software engineering
  • mobile applications development
  • systems analysis
  • consultancy
  • networking
  • web design and e-commerce
  • finance and insurance
  • commerce
  • engineering
  • education
  • government
  • healthcare. 

Programme Structure

Research areas:

  • Theoretical and architectural questions concerning designs for both hardware and software
  • Abstractions and implementations of concurrency in programming languages
  • Formal specification of systems and their architecture
  • Design patterns and tools for enabling the safe and scalable exploitation of concurrency
  • Compilers, memory managers and garbage collectors
  • Lightweight multi-threading kernels and highly concurrent operating systems 
  • Refactoring of functional and concurrent languages
  • Applications of formal methods to provably correct, secure systems

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Although there is no fixed closing deadline for applications to research degrees, we recommend you to apply sooner.
    • PhD's start dates: September, January, May.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      PhD: a minimum of three years to a maximum of four years full-time, a minimum of five years to a maximum of six years part-time.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    62

    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. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A first or 2.1 degree or advanced/specialist taught MSc in computer science or a related discipline (such as mathematics, business studies or electronics, as long as the degree has a strong computing component).
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
MSc.:
  • Part-time: UK/EU: £2,130; Overseas: £9,200
PhD:
  • Full-time: UK/EU: £4,260; Overseas: £18,400
  • Part-time: UK/EU: £2,130; Overseas: £9,200

Living costs for Canterbury

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships: The University of Kent has a scholarship fund of over £11 million to support our taught and research students including funding from the UK Research Councils, subject and location-specific scholarships, philanthropic awards and discounts and scholarships for Kent alumni.

Loans: Eligible students can borrow up to £10,609.

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