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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.

Doctoral Centre for Safe, Ethical and Secure Computing (SEtS)

SEtS trains doctoral students in areas that rely on and extend the Department's research strengths.

The Centre's work centres around the view that computers can be entrusted with critical tasks. Its students and their supervisors engage in research with a common goal: to enable computer systems to be safe, ethical and secure.

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MSc in Computer Science (by Research)

An MSc by Research is a Masters level course where you carry out a research project in your specific area of interest, under the close supervision of an academic supervisor.

While being an exciting and worthwhile programme of study in its own right, a Masters by Research can also be a valuable stepping stone to students wishing to later embark on a PhD programme.

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.

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.

Working with more than 80 partner organisations, IGGI unlocks the full potential of games research by training the next generation of leading researchers, designers and developers.

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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 academic staff 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