School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Research degrees

There are a multitude of opportunities for studying research degrees in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. Our staff actively conduct research and publish their results in top international conferences and journals. As well as expert supervision, the School will ensure your receive general support and training as you progress through your degree. You will also be assigned a second supervisor who can provide additional support and guidance.

Computer Science

We offer supervision for the degrees of:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - full and part-time
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - full and part-time

Find out more about applying for a PhD in Computing.

We are involved in several national and European research projects in IT, involving both industrial and academic partners, giving postgraduates a chance to participate in the shaping of the Information Society and interact with fellow postgraduates across Europe.

Mathematical Sciences

We are committed to high-quality research training across a range of subjects within the mathematical sciences, and we have a vibrant, international and expanding research profile. Commitment to research excellence means that our postgraduates work in areas where we are at the forefront of international research and are supervised by experts in their chosen field.

As a Leicester research student, your supervisor will introduce you to the fundamental problems in your field and provide you with state-of-the-art tools with which to solve them. In addition, you will receive support and training from a variety of other sources which will give you invaluable skills applicable to whatever career you choose to pursue.

Find out about studying for a Mathematics PhD or MPhil.


Besides a solid academic background and a strong motivation, it is useful to have spent some thoughts on the following before applying:

  • your research topic
  • your future supervisor
  • your financial support

The topic you propose should fit within the research themes of the School. It should lie within the research interests of your proposed supervisor. Supervisors may list some potential PhD projects on their pages. It may help your application if you explain briefly why you are interested in your proposed area of research, and what in your background makes you well prepared for this topic.

You are most welcome to contact us, and we would encourage you to discuss your research plan with your potential supervisor before applying.

Browse the research interests of our academics

Financial support

The School and University sometimes offer funded PhD positions: GTAs (Graduate Teaching Assistant) and studentships. Funded PhD positions are normally advertised on the School and University sites as well as websites such as Find a PhD.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Hub
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
University of Leicester
+44 (0)116 252 3600

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