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We are well-known for our pioneering research and pride ourselves on the many world-class cutting-edge projects in which we are involved. Joining us as a PhD student gives you the chance to experience this buzz and be part of our efforts to shape the future of electronic engineering and computer science.

As one of the UK's leading institutions for computer science and electronic engineering we offer our postgraduate students a comprehensive and supportive training environment. You will work as part of a friendly and vibrant research community under the supervision of experts in the field. As a member of one of our research groups you will be accommodated in a research laboratory alongside other PhD students and full-time postdoctoral researchers. In many cases, you will be able to participate in the funded research projects of the group.

A generous travel budget is also available to enable research students to present papers at international conferences. Budgets for expenditure on experiments, equipment and software are also available.

We offer well-integrated doctoral study programmes in our various areas of specialisation and invite applications from well qualified applicants to pursue research study in any area of interest to our research groups.

Here are some of the reasons why our postgraduate students have chosen to develop their research with us:

  • Research quality
    • Internationally leading and world-class research
    • The REF2014 results rate 94% of submitted research outputs in the top categories of 3 star (internationally excellent) and 4 star (world-leading)
    • A current research portfolio of £38 million
    • More funding in our School than 6 of the 19 Russell group universities have in their entire institutions
    • Three prestigious EPSRC platform grants, awarded to groups with internationally leading reputations and high international profiles
  • Internationally leading research groups
  • Success with interdisciplinary research - we work with:
    • psychologists developing mathematical models of human vision and errors in software
    • biologists decoding genome data and understanding cell deformation
    • musicians and actors producing better music and performance
    • medical researchers designing new monitoring techniques and decision-making strategies
    • lawyers finding ways to simplify risk and probability to juries
  • Vibrant atmosphere
    • A community of more than 200 PhD students and 60 postdoctoral researchers
    • world leading facilities in Antennas, Augmented Human Interaction and Digital Music
    • An open, encouraging and stimulating learning environment
    • Friendly and approachable staff
    • A student organised postgraduate conference
    • The most active IEEE student branch in London and one of the most dynamic in the UK
  • Progress
    • Supervision: each student has a primary and a secondary supervisor who are members of academic staff. The supervisors meet with you regularly to guide and help you plan and manage your research.
    • Monitoring: your work will be regularly reviewed, with annual checkpoints involving a supervisory panel of 3 members (usually academic staff, but can also involve industry researchers) to give feedback and high-level direction to your research



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