Research Degrees in

Computer Science and Informatics

in the Faculty of Science & Engineering

Opportunities are available to study for the research degrees of MPhil and PhD, either full-time or part-time.

Computing and Informatics Research (CIR) at MMU is currently organized around three main groupings: Biological and Sensory Computation, Computational Intelligence and Reasoning, and Networks and Distributed Systems.

Our very best, leading-edge research derives from national and international collaborations in synthetic biology, image analysis in human physiology, conversational agents for intelligent tutoring and gene expression analysis. Other areas of strong interest include logic and computation, optimization algorithms, grid computing, data mining, and network security. These are all areas with high growth potential, and we are well placed to apply our core computer science expertise to future problems. CIR members are the principal investigators on current research projects totalling more than £3.7 million, supported by the European Commission, EPSRC, BBSRC and the Royal College of Engineering.

The Graduate School of the Faculty of Science and Engineering has almost 200 postgraduate researchers. The School provides a focus for their activities in terms of skills development, and runs seminars and conferences where researchers can exchange ideas and develop their presentation skills.


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. 
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How to Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online

Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects important information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.
Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • And you have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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