Ph.D. On Campus

Computer Science

University of York

36 months
23900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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A research degree like the Computer Science programme from University of York gives you the opportunity to complete a piece of original research with expert guidance from world academics.


Study for your doctorate in a dynamic and challenging department, where academic rigour and excellence is at the heart of everything we do. You will have the opportunity to work with leading academics and be part of a growing community of doctoral scholars. 

We welcome applicants who share our vision and want to undertake innovative and exciting research as part of our academic community. Join researchers from across the globe, who are pushing the boundaries of their fields within the discipline of computer science.

You can define a specific area of study which aligns with your research interests. Alternatively, you can apply for one of our PhD opportunities: some are funded studentships, while others are proposals for self-funded applicants. Either way, you'll work closely with your supervisor and the wider Department to achieve your research goals.


Being a research student of the Computer Science programme from University of York isn't just about producing a piece of academic work. You will also benefit from a balanced programme of training which will enhance your career prospects. 

The Department of Computer Science and your supervisor will help you obtain the skills that are specific to your subject or research area. In addition, there are mandatory courses in broader research-related skills that you must complete in your first year. Further training is provided by the University on a wide range of topics.

Programme Structure

  • As a doctoral student, the focus of your work will be an independent research project. We provide training which will equip you with skills in a wide range of research methods to support your growing expertise.
  • During your PhD degree, your academic progress will be assessed through a range of methods including formal and informal meetings, written work, seminars and presentations.
  • Your research will culminate in a thesis of around 80,000-100,000 words and an oral examination where you are questioned about your thesis (your 'viva'). To successfully pass the course, your thesis should represent an original contribution to scientific knowledge or understanding, and have the potential to influence practice, policy and understanding in your field of interest.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

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.
  • For entry to the PhD programme, we require at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree, or a qualification equivalent to a UK Masters degree with a minimum average grade of 60%.
  • We are willing to consider your application if you do not fit this profile. However, you must satisfy us that your knowledge in Computer Science or a related field is appropriate for advanced study in your subject area of interest.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • EU/International Part-time: £11,950

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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