Computing and Information Science MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge

January, April, September

MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.

PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2.5 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3.5 to 6 years.

PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 4 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.

For further guidance on the duration of Research Degrees please refer to the Research Degrees Regulations.

Apply online

Apply directly to ARU by 18 July 2021 (international students) or 15 August 2021 (UK students) for September 2021 entry.

For deadlines for other intakes, visit our how to apply page.

Overview

Our research groups are shaping the world with innovative technologies and applications, often in collaboration with industry. We encourage PhD candidates to take an active role in our School's research community, in areas currently ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science and Applications, Imaging Technologies, Vision and Acoustics, IoT, Digital Systems and Cloud Computing, Semantic Web, Educational Technologies and Cyber Security.

Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.

Full description

Supervision and support

We’ll assign supervisors – a primary and relevant specialists – to support you during your research. There’ll be formal two-weekly reviews, with informal help available any time.

Our supervisory staff are recognised experts in their field. Their research expertise includes:

  • Prof Marcian Cirstea - Marcian is an active professional in digital systems, focusing on artificial intelligence and the use of computer aided design tools & methods applied to digital systems modelling and rapid prototyping using VHDL and FPGAs.
  • Dr Silvia Cirstea - Silvia has over ten years' research experience in mathematical modelling for engineering and medical applications. Her research interests also include acoustic and psycho-acoustic modelling, smart technologies for assisted living, assisted living for the visually impaired and the elderly, signal processing techniques for multimodal data fusion, mobility and navigation aids for the visually impaired and, artificial intelligence.
  • Dr Razvan Dinita - Razvan's research focuses on cloud computing software development, optimisation, and security, web and software engineering, web and software security and, programming languages.
  • Dr Arooj Fatima - Arooj's research interests include semantic search, knowledge acquisition, effective user interfaces, reliable techniques to evaluate usability and intelligent web applications.
  • Dr Cristina Luca - Cristina conducts research in artificial intelligence with particular interests in semantic technologies, machine learning and neural networks. She has 18 years research and teaching experience in the general area of computer science.
  • Dr Ian van der Linde - Ian carries out cross-faculty research in the areas of computing, vision and healthcare. His research interests include vision science, image processing, behavioural psychology, eye-tracking and electrophysiology, algorithms and computational methods in psychology.
  • Dr George Wilson - George's research interests include all kinds of spatial data manipulation, including image analysis and 3D-gaming.
  • Adrian Winkles - Adrian's research focuses on malware detection and digital forensics, computer networking, network and system security, network and system management, virtualisation and cloud computing and, remote laboratory representation.
  • Dr Jin Zhang - Jin's research areas include electronic systems modelling, smart antennas, the study and design for development of novel artificial matematerials components in the mid-infrared range and microwave frequency regions. Also, the design of quasi-optical components for millimetre-wave astronomy and electromagnetic modelling and simulations.

Where you'll research

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Specialist facilities

These include high-specification workstations, audio-visual electronic hardware and specialised hardware and software for media applications.


Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2020/21 (per year)

£4,407

UK & EU students, 2020/21 (part-time, per year)

£2,204

International students, 2020/21 (per year)

£13,500

International students, 2020/21 (part-time, per year)

£6,750

UK students, 2021/22 (per year)

£4,500

UK students, 2021/22 (part-time, per year)

£2,250

International students, 2021/22 (per year)

£13,900

International students, 2021/22 (part-time, per year)

£6,950

Bench fees

In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/ exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.

Some examples of these costs are (the list is not exhaustive): equipment hire, access costs to specialist equipment/workshops, volunteer expenses, specialist tissue/cell culture, specialist reagents or materials, specialist software, access to specialist databases, data collection costs, specialist media, recording or digital storage needs.

We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full- and part-time students.

If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview, and stated in your offer letter.

For 2019/20 the bench fee bands are:

  1. £500
  2. £1,000
  3. £2,000
  4. £4,000
  5. £8,000

PhD by Published Work

Initial registration: £1,300
Full registration: £4,000

Writing up fees 2020-21

Part time: £1,000

Full time: £1,800

Funding

For advice on the doctoral loan and other sources of funding, including ARU scholarships, visit our finance guide for postgraduate researchers.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.

Careers

We provide comprehensive research training in fields such as academic writing, conference presentation and research methods. The skills you’ll develop will be invaluable in your wider career.

Additionally you’ll be invited to take part in our research activities, from internal workshops and seminars to conferences.

Contact details

If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email SE-research@anglia.ac.uk

Entry requirements

MPhil or PhD with progression from MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.

PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.

Please note we consider candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil in the first instance. If you want to be considered for direct entry to the PhD route then this can be discussed at interview if you are shortlisted. Please note you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this request. 

If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

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Studying during COVID-19

Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face access to research resources in limited circumstances where access can be justified under movement restrictions. Visit our restrictions page for details. All assessments and supervision are currently conducted online.

Study options
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and related Government guidance, your research programme will be framed, wherever possible, to be conducted away from campus and in line with movement restrictions. For some types of research attendance on campus will be essential for some activities, and these activities will need to be undertaken in a COVID-19 safe manner in line with our risk management procedures.

In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place within the UK due to the pandemic, we may need all of our researchers to work online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.

View the impact of the current restrictions.

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