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Our research

A highly influential and far-reaching research department working at the cutting edge of computer science.

We have an established reputation for conducting research that has real impact, tackles fundamental questions and addresses interdisciplinary problems which face today's computer scientists.

We collaborate with academic departments across the University, as well as scientific communities nationally and internationally to respond to global challenges.

Ranked 5th for impact in the Research Excellence Framework

(Times Higher Education 2014)

Ranked 7th overall in the Research Excellence Framework

(Times Higher Education 2014)

Research strengths

Computer science profoundly influences most industries – from healthcare to gaming to security. At the University of York we understand the extensive reach of computer science research and the interdisciplinary nature of many of the problems computer scientists tackle.

Our core research strengths reflect our expertise and understanding of interdisciplinary computer science research.

Impact and engagement

As well as making an impact within national and international research communities, our research influences developers and manufacturers across a range of industries and has a direct impact on the public.



Our research centres span several departments and reflect how we collaborate with researchers from different subject areas.

These centres enable us to work across disciplines to tackle major challanges that face computer science.

University research themes

Interdisciplinary research is one of our strengths. We collaborate across the University's research themes – areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. We have particularly strong partnerships within three themes:

Featured research projects

We have a number of projects and collaborations with high-profile companies, government organisations and other leading universities in the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Online library

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Research degrees

Push the boundaries of knowledge in our supportive and stimulating environment.

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Early career researchers at York benefit from a dynamic research culture and excellent facilities.

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Visiting researchers

We welcome enquiries from researchers UK and international researchers.

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