School of Informatics

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is structured to train you as a researcher with a well developed all-round knowledge of your discipline and a specialist area.

Programme aims

As one of our students, you will be part of a small and specialised research community in your immediate area, as well as a member of the wider Informatics community, which includes around 400 MSc and PhD students, from all over the world. Each PhD student is hosted within one of our six research Institutes.

Informatics research institutes

Your application would normally include a short research proposal indicating your areas of interest, a potential thesis topic and how this aligns to existing research in the School. Ideally you should identify and contact a potential supervisor before you apply.

Potential research topics

Potential supervisors

Programme structure

The period of study is 36 months if studying full-time, or between 48 and 72 months if studying part-time.

The first year of PhD studies is probationary. Your supervisor will identify your training needs, if any, and invite you to attend lectures relevant to your research topic. These lectures may be selected from those offered to MSc students, or may be specialist courses and seminars organised by the School's various research groupings.

Talks and seminars

Towards the end of the first year you will be expected to submit a thesis proposal which identifies a specific research topic, reviews the relevant literature, outlines a plan of research to address the topic, and describes progress made so far.

Your progress is reviewed annually with submission of a thesis expected at the end of the third year, followed by an oral examination. You will be awarded a doctorate if your thesis is judged to represent an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen area.

PhD Introduction video