The School of Computer Science of the University of Manchester has up to 16 studentships to offer to highly motivated research students who wish to start a PhD in September 2008 (in exceptional circumstances the start date can be deferred until April 2009). The studentships pay tuition fees and a stipend to cover living expenses for 3 years.
In 2008/09, the stipend will be £12940 per year for students who were UK residents in the 3 years before the start of the PhD, or between £10352 and £12940 per year for students who were not UK residents in the same period and cannot demonstrate a relevant connection to the UK. The stipend is expected to rise in subsequent years. Because of conditions associated with this funding, these studentships are open to students eligible for home fees only; this includes UK and EU nationals.
The School of Computer Science of the University of Manchester is one of the leading Schools in the UK renowned for the excellence of its research. The international reputation of its research reflects on its top 5* rating in the last national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which places the School among the best 6 Computer Science Departments in the UK (the other five are Cambridge, Imperial, Southampton, York and Edinburgh). The School has a vibrant research environment with more than 150 PhD students, 90 research staff and 70 academic staff.
The studentships can cover research on any Computer Science topic. The School has a wide spectrum of research activities in a number of subject areas, ranging from engineering and systems to theory, technology and applications including many interdisciplinary activities, including, but not limited to:
- Advanced Processor Technology
- Biomedical informatics
- Formal methods
- Information management
- Machine learning and optimisation
- Software Systems
- Data and Text Mining
- Advanced Interfaces
- Computer Vision
See research groups for a more detailed overview of the research activities of the School. Two of the studentships, in particular, must relate to research in areas of interest to the Medical Research Council. See also related research studentships at the Manchester Biocentre in systems biology.
If you are interested, you are encouraged to approach potential supervisors and suggest a possible PhD topic. A list of members of the academic staff with their research interests is available from the list of Computer Science staff (potential supervisors).
To submit an application, please follow the instructions available from the Postgraduate Research Applications page. All applications will be processed in two phases. In the first phase, your qualifications will be considered and, if approved, you will receive an offer for a place in our PhD programme. In the second phase, you will be considered for funding. Processing of applications for funding will commence on June 20th. Applications submitted after this date will be considered only if there are still places remaining. Applicants who have already submitted an application and are eligible for these studentships will be considered automatically.