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Postgraduate Research 2021

Computer Science

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PhD
Entry Year
Academic Year 2021/22
Entry Requirements
2.1

Overview

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) aims to enhance the way we use technology in communication, data science, computing systems, cyber security, power electronics, intelligent control, and many related areas.

You’ll be part of a dynamic doctoral research environment and will study alongside students from over 40 countries world wide; we supervise students undertaking research in key areas of computer science, including: computing systems, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. As part of a lively community of over 100 full-time and part-time research students you’ll have the opportunity to develop your research potential in a vibrant research community that prioritises the cross-fertilisation of ideas and innovation in the advancement of knowledge.

Many PhD studentships attract scholarships and top-up supplements. PhD programmes provide our students with the opportunity to acquire an extensive training in research techniques.

Within the School we have a number of specialist research centres including a Global Research Institute, the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) specialising in Cyber Security, Wireless Innovation and Data Science and scalable computing.

Computer Science Highlights
Industry Links
  • Queen’s researchers have strong links with the local industry, which boasts a rich mix of local startups and multi-nationals. Belfast is the second fastest growing region in the UK in terms of Knowledge Economy activity (Northern Ireland Economy Report, 2018).
World Class Facilities
  • The state-of-the-art £14m Computer Science Building and the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology offer bespoke research environments.
Internationally Renowned Experts
  • You will be working under the supervision of leading international academic experts.
Key Facts

Research students are encouraged to play a full and active role in relation to the wide range of research activities undertaken within the School and there are many resources available including:

  • A wide range of personal development and specialist training courses offered through the Personal Development Programme
  • Access to the Queen's University Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme
  • Office accommodation with access to computing facilities and support to attend conferences for full-time PhD students
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Course content

Research Information

Associated Research
Research within the School is organised into research themes combining strengths by working together on major projects, in many cases in collaboration with key technology companies.
ECIT brings together internationally recognised research groups specialising in key areas of advanced digital and communications technology.

PhD Opportunities
PhD Opportunities are available in a wide range of computer science subjects, aligned to the specific expertise of our PhD supervisors.

Research Impact
Queen’s is a leader in commercial impact and one of the five highest performing universities in the UK for intellectual property commercialisation. We have created over 80 spin-out companies. Three of these -
Kainos, Andor Technology and Fusion Antibodies - have been publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Research Projects
Queen’s has strong collaborative links with industry in Northern Ireland, and internationally. It has a strong funding track record with EPSRC and the EC H2020 programme.

Research Success
The research profile produced by the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) graded 80 per cent of our research activity as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', confirming the School's reputation as an internationally-leading department.

Career Prospects

Introduction
For further information on career opportunities at PhD level please contact the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Student Recruitment Team on askEPS@qub.ac.uk. Our advisors - in consultation with the School - will be happy to provide further information on your research area, possible career prospects and your research application.

People teaching you




Learning Outcomes

Course structure

There is no specific course content as such. You are expected to take research training modules that are supported by the School which focus on quantitative and qualitative research methods. You are also expected to carry out your research under the guidance of your supervisor.

Over the course of study you can attend postgraduate skills training organised by the Graduate School.

You will normally register, in the first instance, as an ‘undifferentiated PhD student’ which means that you have satisfied staff that you are capable of undertaking a research degree. The decision as to whether you should undertake a PhD is delayed until you have completed ‘differentiation’.

Differentiation takes place about 8-9 months after registration for full time students and about 16-18 months for part time students: You are normally asked to submit work to a panel of up two academics and this is followed up with a formal meeting with the ‘Differentiation Panel’. The Panel then make a judgement about your capacity to continue with your study. Sometimes students are advised to revise their research objectives or to consider submitting their work for an MPhil qualification rather than a doctoral qualification.

To complete with a doctoral qualification you will be required to submit a thesis of approx 80,000 words and you will be required to attend a viva voce [oral examination] with an external and internal examiner to defend your thesis.

A PhD programme runs for 3-4 years full-time or 6-8 years part-time. Students can apply for a writing up year should it be required.

The PhD is open to both full and part time candidates and is often a useful preparation for a career within academia or consultancy.

Full time students are often attracted to research degree programmes because they offer an opportunity to pursue in some depth an area of academic interest.

The part time research degree is an exciting option for professionals already working in the education field who are seeking to extend their knowledge on an issue of professional interest. Often part time candidates choose to research an area that is related to their professional responsibilities.

If you meet the Entry Requirements, the next step is to check whether we can supervise research in your chosen area. We only take students to whom we can offer expert research supervision from one of our academic staff. Therefore, your research question needs to engage with the research interests of one of our staff.

Assessment

- Assessment processes for the Research Degree differ from taught degrees. Students will be expected to present write up their work at regular intervals to their supervisor who will provide written and oral feedback; a formal assessment process takes place annually.

This Annual Progress Review requires students to present their work in writing and orally to a panel of academics from within the School. Successful completion of this process will allow students to register for the next academic year.

The final assessment of the doctoral degree is both oral and written. Students will submit their thesis to an internal and external examining team who will review the written thesis before inviting the student to orally defend their work at a Viva Voce.

Feedback

- Supervisors will offer feedback on the research work at regular intervals throughout the period of registration on the degree.

Facilities
Full time PhD students will have access to a shared office space and access to a desk with personal computer and internet access.
Project name School Funding Subject Status Sort Timestamp
High Performance Graph Processing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Dr Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
CITIGEN DTP: Assessment and Improvement of Software Engineering productivity
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Software Engineering; productivity; personnel economics Dr Vahid Garousi
Supervisor
Dr Vahid Garousi
Funding
Funded
Cofunded Horizon 2020 (EU) and DfE
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1594335600
Precision-Aware Deep Learning
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Dr Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
CITIGEN DTP: Deep Learning with Limited Labelled Data: theory, algorithm and application to medical data
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Yang Hua
Supervisor
Dr Yang Hua
Funding
Funded
Cofunded Horizon 2020 (EU) and DfE
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1594335600
High-Performance Computing, Edge Computing, Aceelerators, Low-power
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Carlos Reano
Supervisor
Dr Carlos Reano
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
CITIGEN DTP: Energy-Conscious and Fault-Resilient Autonomous Industrial Robots via Algorithm-Hardware Co-Design
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Robotics, Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, Control Engineering, Software-Hardware co-Design, Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Supervisor
Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Funded
Cofunded Horizon 2020 (EU) and DfE
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1594335600
CLOSER – a Common Language Of Software Evolution in Repositories
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr David Cutting
Supervisor
Dr David Cutting
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
CITIGENS DTP: Adaptive Acceleration of Neural-Networks in Resource Constrained Edge and Cloud Environments
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Energy-Efficiency, Artificial-Intelligence, Neural-Networks, Accelerators, Heterogeneous Systems Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Supervisor
Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Funded
Cofunded Horizon 2020 (EU) and DfE
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1594335600
A Random Matrix Inference Framework for Big-Data Analytics
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr David Morales
Supervisor
Dr David Morales
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
CITIGEN DTP: Scalable Heart-Rate-Variability Analysis for Individualized Secure Health Monitoring
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Heath monitoring, ECGs, Heart-Rate-Variability, Energy-Efficient Systems Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Supervisor
Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Funded
Cofunded Horizon 2020 (EU) and DfE
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1594335600
Robust Signal Processing Methods for 6G wireless communications
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr David Morales
Supervisor
Dr David Morales
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
CITIGEN DTP: Biologically-plausible Neural Processors
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Artificial Intelligence, Spiking Neural Networks, Data Science, Neuromorphic, Memristo Dr John McAllister
Supervisor
Dr John McAllister
Funding
Funded
Cofunded Horizon 2020 (EU) and DfE
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1594335600
Post Quantum Anonymous Credential
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Jinguang Han
Supervisor
Dr Jinguang Han
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
CITIGEN DTP: Iterative Approximate Analysis of Graph-Structured Data For Precision Medicine
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Knowledge extraction, scalable algorithms, graph processing, biomedical informatics, Cancer, Coronav Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
Cofunded Horizon 2020 (EU) and DfE
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1594335600
Functional Encryption and its Application
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Jinguang Han
Supervisor
Dr Jinguang Han
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
CITIGENS DTP: Fair AI for the Public Sector: Advancing the Technological Frontier
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Fairness, Public Sector, Machine-Learning, Algorithms Dr Deepak Padmanabhan
Supervisor
Dr Deepak Padmanabhan
Funding
Funded
Cofunded Horizon 2020 (EU) and DfE
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1594335600
Model-based testing: Assessing and improving applicability and usefulness in practice
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Vahid Garousi
Supervisor
Dr Vahid Garousi
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Software Testing of AI-based systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Vahid Garousi
Supervisor
Dr Vahid Garousi
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Requirements to Microservices
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Des Greer
Supervisor
Dr Des Greer
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Retrieving Credible online documents
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Austen Rainer
Supervisor
Dr Austen Rainer
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Software Evolution Prediction from a Social Networks Perspective
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Des Greer
Supervisor
Dr Des Greer
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Brain Inspired Computing for Autonomous Systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr John McAllister
Supervisor
Dr John McAllister
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Attack-resistant intelligent network intrusion pervention systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Supervisor
Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Distributed, collaborative protection against IoT attacks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Supervisor
Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Semantic code analysis using program embedding
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Niall McLaughlin
Supervisor
Dr Niall McLaughlin
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Unsupervised and Interpretable Learning for Electronic Healthcare Records
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Niall McLaughlin
Supervisor
Dr Niall McLaughlin
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
13 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584057600
Supervisor
Dr Reza Rafiee
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Quantum Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr John McAllister
Supervisor
Dr John McAllister
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Adversarial deep learning for software and malware analysis: deception and countermeasures
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Jesus Martinez Del Rincon
Supervisor
Dr Jesus Martinez Del Rincon
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Deep Pose Estimation and activity recognition in social media videos
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Jesus Martinez Del Rincon
Supervisor
Dr Jesus Martinez Del Rincon
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Software Engineering for Trustworthy AI
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Youcheng Sun
Supervisor
Dr Youcheng Sun
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Quality Assured and Certifiable Software Development for Smart Contracts
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Youcheng Sun
Supervisor
Dr Youcheng Sun
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Story telling from Sensors:From Activities to Stories
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Son T Mai
Supervisor
Dr Son T Mai
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Interactive and Intelligent exploration of big complex data
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Son T Mai
Supervisor
Dr Son T Mai
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
13 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584057600
Adaptive Runtime Reconfiguration of Edge Applications
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Supervisor
Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Energy Scalable Neural Networks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Supervisor
Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Distributed Intelligence in Edge Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Supervisor
Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Empirical Elasticity in the Hybrid Cloud
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Supervisor
Dr Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Energy-Efficient and Fault Tolerant Cyber-Physical Systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Supervisor
Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Serverless Fog Computing: From Microservices to Nanoservices
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Supervisor
Dr Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Meaningful Object Processing in Mind and Machine
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Barry Devereux
Supervisor
Dr Barry Devereux
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Naturalistic Natural Language Processing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Barry Devereux
Supervisor
Dr Barry Devereux
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Predictive Analytics in an ICS by processing streams of physiological data in real-time
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Charles Gillan
Supervisor
Dr Charles Gillan
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Researching the use of machine learning tools in marine engineering to enhance green energy generation
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Charles Gillan
Supervisor
Dr Charles Gillan
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
13 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584057600
Artificial Intelligence for Vision Based Navigation
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Professor Neil Robertson
Supervisor
Professor Neil Robertson
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
Fog/Edge Computing (fully funded international studentship)
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Supervisor
Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
11 September 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1599778800
Deep Evidential Reasoning for Semantic Vulnerability Analysis
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Paul Miller
Supervisor
Dr Paul Miller
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1596150000
Fog/Edge Computing (one fully funded UK/EU studentship
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Supervisor
Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
11 September 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1599778800
Edge or Fog Computing for Next Generation Distributed Systems (One International PhD Studentship)
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Supervisor
Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
26 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614297600
Explaining Neural Network Models for Security Applications
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Niall McLaughlin
Supervisor
Dr Niall McLaughlin
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614470400
Edge or Fog Computing for Next Generation Distributed Systems (UK/EU PhD Studentship
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Supervisor
Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
26 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614297600
Trustworthy and Explainable Learning-Enabled Autonomous Systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Youcheng Sun
Supervisor
Dr Youcheng Sun
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614470400
"The Invisible Man": Testing and Mitigating the Control Incentive of AI
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Youcheng Sun
Supervisor
Dr Youcheng Sun
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614470400
Moving Towards End-to-End Multi-Target Tracking for Animal Welfare
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Niall McLaughlin
Supervisor
Dr Niall McLaughlin
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614470400
EPSRC ICASE with BT: Self-Healing Network against Cyber Attacks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Supervisor
Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Funded
EPSRC
Application deadline
None specified
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
DTP: GPU acceleration of discrete-event simulations of digital twins
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Carlos Reano
Supervisor
Carlos Reano
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1585609200
DTP: Fault-Tolerant Monitoring and Control in Industrial Internet-of-Things
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1585609200
DTP:Transprecise computing meets multi-physics simulation: adapting computation to precision requirements
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1584230400
DTPSCIDM: Fault-Free Digital Twins in Manufacturing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Digital Twin, Computation models, Resource allocation, high-performance computing, Industry 4.0 Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614470400
DTPSCIDM: Biohaviour: Secure Connected Manufacturing - Integrating Design and Cloud based Distributed Manufacturing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Manufacturing, Design, 3D-Printing, Cloud, CAD Dr Peter Kilpatrick
Supervisor
Dr Peter Kilpatrick
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614470400
DTPSCIDM: Modernising legacy software using microservices for the digital industrial economy of tomorrow (MoLeS-micro)
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Software Engineering / Modernisation / Architecture Industrial Software Refactoring Microservices Dr David Cutting
Supervisor
Dr David Cutting
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614470400
DTPSCIDM: GPU-accelerated Poultry Bone Fragment Detection at the Edge
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Poultry meat industry, food safety, inline, bone detection, Artificial Intelligence algorithms, GPU Carlos Reano
Supervisor
Carlos Reano
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614470400
DTPSCIDM: Deep Learning approaches to high dimensional image compression in digital pathology
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Deep learning, unsupervised learning, computer vision, Digital Histopathology, image compression Dr Richard Gault
Supervisor
Dr Richard Gault
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2021
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1614470400

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,500
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,500
EU Other 3 £22,000
International £22,000

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Computer Science costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?
1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Funded Doctoral Training Programmes

We offer numerous opportunities for funded doctoral study in a world-class research environment. Our centres and partnerships, aim to seek out and nurture outstanding postgraduate research students, and provide targeted training and skills development.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students, £10,000 for students in Scotland and up to £5,500 for Northern Ireland students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.