Ph.D. On Campus

Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Heriot-Watt University Dubai

18613 EUR/year
18613 EUR/year
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The Mathematical and Computer Sciences programme from Heriot-Watt University Dubai will enable students to work with staff and students in Dubai in collaboration with a research group in Edinburgh performing high value and fundamental research in Computer Science. Industry-based applied research can also be pursued if the right circumstances are available.


The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences welcomes PhD applications in Computer Science by Research on the Dubai campus.

The School in Dubai offers a unique opportunity to conduct outstanding research in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Information Security.  We foster a multidisciplinary research culture in collaboration with the Edinburgh Campus and are looking to strengthen mutually beneficial links with industry and government partners in the UAE. 

Students of the Mathematical and Computer Sciences programme from Heriot-Watt University Dubai will be working under the supervision of an expert academic supervisor based at the Dubai campus and supported by a second supervisor in Edinburgh, with the option of having a third supervisor if needed. In addition to time spent doing research project work, students will review scientific literature and participate in research group discussions and meetings. Students will also be expected to publish their work in high impact journals.


The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.  All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK. 

Programme Structure

Research topics for PhD supervision

  • Predictive Analytics and Big Data Analytics
  • Semantic Technologies
  • Visualization and Software Engineering
  • Mathematical and Event-Based Modeling
  • Applications in Smart Cities, Healthcare, Finance, Logistics,  Energy and Construction
  • Machine Learning/Deep learning/Trust-based AI

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Interested applicants should complete the online application form, making clear on the form that you are applying to study at the Dubai Campus.
Applicants interested in our PhD opportunities need to submit the following:
  • Copies of full academic transcripts from all previous academic degree courses and copies of certificates for degrees already awarded.
  • Confirmation of funding source and/or confirmation of sponsorship/sufficient funds to pursue studies.
  • A detailed research proposal.

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AED 81900 per year

Living costs for Dubai

5300 - 9200 AED /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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