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Research Degree programmes

The Department of Computer Science has a strong international reputation for teaching and research excellence. Our core research strengths and research centres reflect our expertise and understanding of interdisciplinary work in the field of computer science. 

When you join one of our research programmes, you'll flourish in an exciting and diverse environment. You'll build on your existing strong foundation in Computer Science, and we'll support you as you prepare for a range of careers, including IT or a related industry, government and the public sector, or in further study and academia.

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PhD in Computer Science

A PhD gives you the opportunity to complete a piece of original research with expert guidance from world-class academics.

Join our vibrant community of world-class researchers and contribute to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Lifelong Safety Assurance of AI-enabled Autonomous Systems (SAINTS CDT)

Find out more about SAINTS - the UK's first multidisciplinary PhD programme focused solely on the safety of artificial intelligence (AI).

SAINTS brings together people from a range of diverse disciplines to create the next generation of safe AI experts.

Explore our PhD opportunities

We offer a number of research projects which will enable you to complete a PhD in Computer Science at the University of York. Some are funded studentships, while others are proposals for self-funded applicants.

Explore our list of PhD opportunities and find one that matches your research interests and funding status.

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MSc in Computer Science (by Research)

On this Masters level course, you'll carry out a research project in a specific area of interest under the close supervision of an academic member of staff.

An exciting study opportunity in its own right, this course is also a valuable stepping stone if you wish to later embark on a PhD programme.

Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (iGGi)

iGGi is a leading PhD research programme in a collaboration between the University of York and Queen Mary, University of London.

iGGi has now completed its final round of PhD recruitment. It continues to work with more than 80 partner organisations in unlocking the full potential of games research.

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Find a supervisor

Supervisors play a fundamental role in supporting students throughout their chosen research programme.

See how your interests align with our research. Before you apply for one of our courses, find out more about our Research Groups and identify a potential supervisor.


Contact us

If you'd like to find out more about our PhD and Masters (by research) courses, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team:


Telephone: +44 (0)1904 325412