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Welcome to one of the UK's leading Computer Science departments, ranked in the top 100 in the world.

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We offer a range of innovative postgraduate taught courses, as well as postgraduate research options with world-leading academics.

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Discover the advances at the frontiers of the subject, taught by those doing the research on our new MSc in Advanced Computer Science

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Find out what our students really think of York: read our undergraduate student profiles and our postgraduate student profiles.

Latest news

New research signals big future for quantum radar

27 February 2015

Dr Stefano Pirandola

An international research team, led by a quantum information scientist and Computer Science academic, Dr Stefano Pirandola, has developed a prototype quantum radar that has the potential to detect objects which are invisible to conventional systems. Read the full story.  

Could you create a game in just 48 hours?

26 January 2015

A screenshot from the 2015 Global Game Jam winning game: Kevin's Adventures in Space and Time

York hosted a site in the world's largest Global Game Jam, where students competed to create a winning game in just 48 hours. The winning team included a student from Computer Science, and challenges players to fix a rift in space and time! Check out the winning game: Kevin's Adventures in Space and Time

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Study at York

Explore our new facilities

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Watch the video tour

We're housed in the newest Computer Science facilities in the UK, purpose-built for our teaching and research.


Professor Jim Woodcock, Head of Department of Computer Science

Prof. Jim Woodcock
Head of Department

Our excellence in teaching and research plus our strong industrial links make us one of the UK’s leading Computer Science departments.


Supporting women in science

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Our research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results ranked York's Computer Science:

  • 7th overall in the UK;
  • 5th for impact;
  • 6th for environment.

This result confirms the long-standing global reach and real-world significance of our research and makes us one of best Departments in the country for nurturing excellent research by staff and research students alike. All aspects of our impact and environment were judged to be of world-leading or international standard. 

Head of Department Professor Jim Woodcock: "York Computer Science has always aimed to give excellent support for the production of great research that excites the academic community and has profound real-world effect. The REF 2014 results confirm our outstanding research achievements to date. Our staff and students' creativity, expertise and enthusiasm will allow us to build on this success over the coming years."

Spotlight on PhD study

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Funding opportunities available

We have a number of studentships available, including EPSRC Doctoral Training Grants and two in Quantum Computation. Deadlines: 27 February 2015.

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A Week In The Life of a PhD Student (PDF  , 788kb)‌ explores a typical week studying for a PhD in Computer Science at York. 

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Find out more about our PhD programme

Find out what programme you will follow, and what support we offer. ‌