Computer Science

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Run by Faculty of Engineering
Awards available PhD, MSc by research
Programme length MScR: One year full-time;two years part-time; one further year to write up thesis.
PhD: Three years full-time; six years part-time; one further year to write up thesis.
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date Not fixed

Programme overview

As a city, Bristol is known for its concentration of high-technology industry. Computers, communications and microelectronics are well represented, alongside digital media, computer games and electronic commerce. The University's Department of Computer Science has close relationships with many of these organisations via collaborative projects, staff secondments and visiting industrial staff.

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol is an international centre of excellence in the foundations and applications of computing. Staff in the Department carry out internationally leading research in intelligent systems, digital media, foundations, personal systems, and architecture and design. Visit the Department of Computer Science Research Groups web page. 

The department is located in the Merchant Venturers Building alongside the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Department of Engineering Mathematics. This brings together the research in computing, communications, electronics and photonics within the University.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£4,565
UK: part-time
£2,283
Overseas: full-time
£24,600

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2022/23

A number of funded studentships are available each year, supported by research council, industry, University or other funds. View the faculty website for a list of currently available funded projects or visit jobs.ac.uk.

Self-funded or sponsored students are also very welcome to apply.

View Information on funding postgraduate study for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

PhD applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a master's degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of readiness to pursue a research degree.  

MSc by Research applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline and demonstrate readiness to pursue a research degree.  

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups

The Department of Computer Science's large programme of research is supported by industry, the European Union, UK government research establishments and public corporations. The academic research programme is organised into research groups. A list of Research Groups in Engineering can be found on the Faculty website.

Careers

The Computer Science PhD can open doors to many different stimulating commercial or academic careers. Graduates have become part of new and existing world-class research groups, as well as joining highly rewarding careers in a variety of industries around the world.

Staff profiles

Please see the staff profiles on the Department of Computer Science website.

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Application deadline

We welcome applications at any time of year.

Open days and visits

Watch on-demand recordings from November's virtual open week.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Research Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4753 or +44 (0)117 331 5232 Email: sceem-pgr-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Maths
Merchant Venturers Building
Woodland Road
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 1UB
School website: School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Maths
Department website: Department of Computer Science

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

Bristol Doctoral College

The Bristol Doctoral College facilitates and supports doctoral training and researcher development across the University.

REF 2014 results

  • Computer Science and Informatics:
  • 31% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 56% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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