Research degrees

We offers 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 Computer Science/Informatics.

You should frame your projects so as to fall under one or more of our research interests in order to be able draw from the collective expertise developed by staff members. Alternatively, you can choose from our list of concrete PhD topics.

We are involved in a number of 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.


Financial support

Grant proposals have to be written with care and may require communication with and feedback from the Department.

Informal Advice

Besides a solid 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 Department; it should lie within the research interests of your proposed supervisor or be chosen from the list of concrete PhD topics. 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.

Get in touch

Send an email to if you have any questions or contact us at

Postgraduate Secretary
Computing at Leicester
University of Leicester

Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 3600
Fax: +44 (0) 116 252 3915 / 3604