School of Computing

PhD and research degrees

In the School of Computing we work to support our high-quality research with a vibrant postgraduate population. We actively seek new PhD and MSc research students to join our research environment and have financial support packages for research students: studentships up to a value of £19,945 are available for research degrees, by competition.

Both pdf and online version of our postgraduate brochure is available.


Funded PhDs

PhD in Cyber Security - Apply by 13 October 2017

Interested in postgraduate study?

For a research degree in the School of Computing you will undertake original individual study in a specified area of computing under the guidance of an academic supervisor. A full-time PhD degree will require a minimum of three years’ work; an MSc research degree can be completed in one year. All research students join a Research Group and are encouraged to work within the School, and to engage with the wider national and international research communities.

Why choose Kent?

The School of Computing was ranked highly in the recent government run Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. This demonstrated the quantity and quality of academic research in the school

  • Research in depth: all our full-time research academics were evaluated
  • 81% of our research was classified as world leading or internationally excellent (considered to be the highest levels of 4* or 3*)
  • We are ranked 12th out of 89 for research intensity
  • Our research has lead to significant benefits outside of academia with 100% of our research impact considered world leading or internationally excellent

National and international recognition for our research and strong links with industry underpin all our work. Our research activity is wide ranging and takes place within focused Research Groups which provide a supportive research community for all members, staff or student. If you are interested in working in these areas, the Research Group pages will give further details of the scope of work and potential projects in that area.

Find out about employability of our graduates from Dr Caroline Ling Li and Professor David Chadwick (videos courtesy of Postgraduate search).

We offer substantial support with funding for students undertaking research degrees. See funding opportunities for further details.

Our PhD students are part of a supportive community and have the opportunity to take part in an activity weekend and PG Conference each year.

How to apply

Entry requirements and deadlines


Bursaries, scholarships and funding sources

Research in School of Computing

News, seminars and research group information

PhD profiles

Students' views on research and life at Kent

School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824180 or contact us.

Last Updated: 28/09/2017