The School of Computer Science welcomes highly motivated and well qualified graduates to join us to work towards a doctorate.
Our work is regularly presented in international conferences and journals, indicating the high standards we achieve in research. At Birmingham, we work closely in small teams of researchers embedded within a broad and lively research culture.
This combination means you get the necessary focus, while keeping an eye on the bigger picture in which your work is placed.
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PhD Computer Science
“I chose the University as there are some of the leading researchers in the field of Computer Science and specifically natural computation at Birmingham, which for me was the important deciding factor as it was my chosen field of study.”
The School’s staff and research students are loosely organised into informal research themes. Researchers are free to contribute to one or more themes and each theme organises its own activities.
Cross-disciplinary research is a major feature of the school, and links exist with, for example, psychology, medicine,
language studies and electronic engineering.
Supervision is arranged on an individual basis in order to closely match the interests of the student with those of the supervisor. We can only offer supervision in the areas in which we have academic expertise. See the reseach tab for details of our research areas.
Most of our students are full-time, but a small number are part-time, usually working for UK companies. The supervision process usually takes the form of weekly meetings, (although the frequency will vary according to need), where ideas are exchanged, help is offered and written work is discussed.
School of Computer Science website: www.cs.bham.ac.uk
2:1 Honours degree in Computer Science or a subject relevant to the research topic (eg, Mathematics or Physics). Learn more about entry requirements.
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Our research lies mainly within the following themes and their sub-themes. There is a Grouping of academics associated with each sub-theme, but the groupings have a lot of overlap, and there are no formal boundaries.
- Reasoning and cognition covers research on architectures for accounting for human mental states and processes as well as recreating them in computer programs.
- Robotics research focuses on intelligent robotics and related areas, including cognitive robotics, learning robots, faultdiagnosis, machine learning and sequential decision-making.
- Natural language processing includes metaphor understanding; emotion detection; temporal information analysis and corpus analysis.
This covers both basic and applied research in areas including evolutionary computation, neural computation, artificial life, self-organising systems, emergent behaviours, machine perception, evolutionary robotics, complex adaptive systems, swarm intelligence and real-world applications.
Medical Imaging and Image Interpretation
Draws upon multidisciplinary research on computational techniques for image interpretation. The core activities relate to medical imaging and aim to develop diagnostic aids, which quantitatively characterise the properties of body tissues and organs.
Security and Privacy
Covers all aspects of computing security and privacy, tackling problems that are important to society, including government and industry. We are recognised as an EPSRC/GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.
Human Computer Interaction
Promotes research and development in theories, designs, methodologies, and systems to support people in whatever they want to achieve. Work includes visualisation, intelligent interaction, data mining, ubiquitous and mobile computing. The group acts as a focal point for research, development and expertise in anything that has the user at the core.
Focuses on methods and techniques for the development of large and complex software and systems, especially in the areas of: cloud, service orientated architectures, software tools and automated code generation. Our research spans theoretical as well as practical aspects and has resulted in a number of popular software products.
Theory of Computation Sciences
Explores fundamental concepts in computation and programming language semantics. This often involves profound and surprising connections between different areas of computer science and mathematics. From category theory to lambda-calculus and computational effects, topology to constructive mathematics, game semantics to program compilation, our research is diverse and continues to provide new insight and underlying structure.
University Careers Network
Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.
If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.