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School of Computing Science

Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

The School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow is offering up to 17 studentships to support PhD research for students starting in 2021. Funding is available to support tuition fees for both home and international students, and in most cases to support living expenses at the recommended UKRI rate (currently £15,285 per annum) in addition. 

Postgraduate students benefit from the best possible support and supervision and, on graduating, they are well qualified to take up key posts in industry and academia. In the latest Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2019, PGR students reported very high satisfaction with their supervisor's skills (93%) and availability (90%), and an 86% overall satisfaction (up 4% from 2016/17), giving positive evidence of the School's strategy of nurturing our excellent PhD students. 

More generally, the School is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK in The Complete University Guide, ranking 8th in the UK in 2021. It is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA). This is a collaboration of Scottish universities whose goal is to develop and extend Scotland position as a world leader in Informatics and Computing Science research and education. 

Our areas of research are organised according to the following sections and groupings: 

Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA) 

  • Algorithms and Complexity 
  • Formal Methods 
  • Programming Languages 

Glasgow Interactive SysTems (GIST; HCI) 

  • MIG: Multimodal Interaction Group 
  • Human-Centered Security 
  • Social Robotics and Social Signal Processing 
  • Public and Performative Interaction 
  • SUMgroup: Social, Ubiquitous, Mobile 
  • Visualisation Evaluation 

Glasgow Systems Section (GLASS) 

  • GPG (Glasgow Parallelism Group) 
  • Networked Systems 
  • Systems Engineering 
  • Cyber Security for Cyber-Physical Systems 

Information, Data and Analysis (IDA) 

  • Knowledge & Data Engineering Systems Group 
  • Information, Dynamics and Interaction 
  • Information Retrieval 
  • Computer Vision and Autonomous Systems 

Centre for Computing Science Education 

We also undertake research in the following cross-cutting themes: 

We are seeking research students who are creative and passionate about their subject. Entry requirements are normally an upper second class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent), or a master's degree, in computing science or a related discipline. 

Students can apply for admission to PhD study at any time, but to be considered for the studentships we are offering at this round, we must receive your application by 31 January 2021. For more information, see the following web pages: 

For further information please email .  We can help to match you to a potential supervisor if you describe your general area of interest. 

Information session: we will be running an information session for potential applicants on Friday 11 December from 1100-1200 GMT. The session is intended to give you an insight into the research currently undertaken in the School of Computing Science, scholarships and other sources of funding available, and how to make your application. The event will take place via Zoom; to obtain a link, you must sign up here

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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