Ph. D. On Campus


University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

84 months
15200 GBP/year
2650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Computing course at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)  aims to develop and enhance your understanding of professional practice through academic research.


 On completion of the Computing course at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)   you will have achieved a high degree of personal development and produced an original piece of work that contributes to professional knowledge in the software or IT workplace. Members of the course team have extensive experience of doing industry-based research, with a focus on Agile approaches and User Experience Design.

The learning environment is designed to be flexible to suit the needs of students who are also employed in the workplace.

Stage 1 modules are delivered in burst mode with a mix of face-to-face teaching timetabled on six weekends per year and online learning. Each module is taught by a subject-specialist from the course team. 

During Stage 2 you will write a research proposal, complete a literature review and undertake a series of research studies on a topic of your choosing related to professional practice.

Programme Structure

Courses included

  •  IT Projects and Programmes 
  • Agile Systems Development 
  • Critical Analysis 
  • Complexity and Collaboration 
  • User-centred Systems Design and Evaluation 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 84 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An Honours degree of 2.ii or above (OR a Degree and substantial relevant industrial experience, or a BCS post-graduate diploma plus PGD project, OR qualifications or experience deemed by the University to be equivalent to an honours degree).


  • Evidence of professional practice in an IT or Agile domain, through holding a professional position in the domain.
  • Applicants who already have an MSc qualification in a relevant subject will be eligible for APEL for some or all of the level 7 taught modules. Direct entry onto Stage Two of the programme will normally be on the basis of having achieved a Merit or Distinction in a Masters’ project, having completed the equivalent of a Research Methods module, and written a credible research proposal.
  • Applicants who meet the criteria for entry will be interviewed. Interviews will include discussion of the proposed research area to ensure appropriate supervisory team allocation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15200 GBP per year during 84 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2650 GBP per year during 84 months.

Living costs for Preston

751 - 1425 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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