PhD research degrees offer you an opportunity to spend an extended period working on an advanced topic in practical or theoretical Computer Science - you will become one of the world's leading experts on the specific topic which you study. Computing at the University of Dundee is highly rated for its research and you will have the chance to work alongside leading researchers in our main areas of interest - Human Centred Computing and Intelligent Systems - which include artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, information security, mathematical applications, programming languages, computer vision and space technology.
A postgraduate degree is essential if you want to work as a university academic. However, studying for a PhD degree will also demonstrate to future employers that you have the ability to think and work both independently and collaboratively, and discipline to motivate yourself over a sustained period. Research is interesting, fun and rewarding and you will have the opportunity to meet intelligent and like-minded people along the way.
We have a thriving postgraduate community at Dundee of research students studying for their PhDs. If you have a good degree in Computer Science (or a closely related discipline such as Maths or Engineering) and are interested in Computer Science research, we would like to hear from you.
A PhD is a 3-4 year full-time (or 6-7 year part-time) programme of supervised research. You will complete an independent research project and write up your results in a thesis. There is no written examination for PhD students to pass as the assessment is based on the quality of the thesis and an oral examination.
Applications for research degrees may be made at any time but there may sometimes be particular calls for applications. To apply for a PhD course:
- Consult our repository of PhD projects to find a project topic of interest.
- Contact your prospective supervisor and to discuss your application further.
- Look at the University's Postgraduate Guide for more details of life as a postgraduate student.
You should have an Honours degree at 2.1 or above, or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.
English Language Requirement: If your first language is not English, please check the University's language requirements for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.
The University offers pre-sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 26-week and 10-week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee, as long as you hold a relevant offer.
PhD Scholarships and Grants
Funding may be available for students who live in the UK or other EU countries for PhD research. We offer a limited number of PhD scholarships, on a competitive basis:
- For Overseas PhD students: the fellowship amounts to 50% of annual PhD fees.
- For Scottish and EU students: the fellowship amounts to 100% of annual PhD fees.
Additionally, Tuition Bursaries are available, to help our best students to finance their PhD studies. To apply for one of these grants, consult with your current or prospective PhD supervisor.