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Computer Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #133 (WUR) York, United Kingdom| Online
Whether your interest is in how users interact with technology, or you want to work with world-leading researchers in quantum computing or artificial immune systems, our Department is the place for you to gain a degree in research. When you take a degree by research in Computer Science, you will work closely with one of our internationally respected research groups. 
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About the program

You define an area of study, and work with one of our world leading academics as your supervisor. A second member of staff - an assessor - provides further support. You become a member of one of our established research groups, and you will benefit from the accumulated knowledge and resources of your colleagues. The Biological Chemistry is offered by 

You become part of the Department, including having access to our excellent facilities and having your own desk and fully networked computer. You are encouraged to work in collaboration with others, and to present your ideas at some of the many informal research seminars held regularly in the Department.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, The University of York is a large coeducational higher education institution. The University of York offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

The PhD degree involves annual progression meetings and other formal requirements including written work, seminars and other oral deliverables.

A PhD degree could also be studied part-time over six years.

Please note that the statements on this page are for guidance only and do not fully accurately reflect the University's and the Department's examination rules.

Part-time PhD

  • The normal period of registration for part-time PhD students is six years. 
  • PhD by distance learning
  • The PhD by distance learning is a new variant of the standard York Computer Science PhD programme which is managed solely through the Department of Computer Science and awarded by University of York.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • The PhD in Computer Science is intended for students who already have a good first degree in Computer Science or a related field. Typically, you will have achieved a good Master's degree or at least an upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent).
  • They are willing to consider your application if you do not fit this profile, but you must satisfy us that your knowledge in Computer Science is appropriate for advanced study.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7350 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for York

  • 646 - 1130 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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