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School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PhD
Entry Year
2020
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. Both the MPhil and 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 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 an MPhil or 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
High Performance Graph Processing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Assessment and Improvement of Software Engineering productivity
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Software Engineering; productivity; personnel economics Dr Vahid Garousi
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
Precision-Aware Deep Learning
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
High-Performance Computing, Edge Computing, Aceelerators, Low-power
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Carlos Reano
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
CLOSER – a Common Language Of Software Evolution in Repositories
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr David Cutting
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
A Random Matrix Inference Framework for Big-Data Analytics
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr David Morales
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
Robust Signal Processing Methods for 6G wireless communications
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr David Morales
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
Post Quantum Anonymous Credential
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Jinguang Han
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
Functional Encryption and its Application
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Jinguang Han
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
Model-based testing: Assessing and improving applicability and usefulness in practice
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Vahid Garousi
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Software Testing of AI-based systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Vahid Garousi
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Requirements to Microservices
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Des Greer
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Retrieving Credible online documents
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Austen Rainer
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Software Evolution Prediction from a Social Networks Perspective
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Des Greer
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Brain Inspired Computing for Autonomous Systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr John McAllister
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Attack-resistant intelligent network intrusion pervention systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Distributed, collaborative protection against IoT attacks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Semantic code analysis using program embedding
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Niall McLaughlin
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Unsupervised and Interpretable Learning for Electronic Healthcare Records
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Niall McLaughlin
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
13 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Quantum Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr John McAllister
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Deep Pose Estimation and activity recognition in social media videos
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD 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
Software Engineering for Trustworthy AI
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Youcheng Sun
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
Quality Assured and Certifiable Software Development for Smart Contracts
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Youcheng Sun
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Story telling from Sensors:From Activities to Stories
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Son T Mai
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
Interactive and Intelligent exploration of big complex data
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Son T Mai
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
13 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Adaptive Runtime Reconfiguration of Edge Applications
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Energy Scalable Neural Networks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Distributed Intelligence in Edge Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Empirical Elasticity in the Hybrid Cloud
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
Energy-Efficient and Fault Tolerant Cyber-Physical Systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Serverless Fog Computing: From Microservices to Nanoservices
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Meaningful Object Processing in Mind and Machine
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Barry Devereux
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Naturalistic Natural Language Processing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Barry Devereux
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
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
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
13 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Artificial Intelligence for Vision Based Navigation
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Professor Neil Robertston
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Closed 2
Fog/Edge Computing (fully funded international studentship)
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
11 September 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
Fog/Edge Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 August 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
Deep Evidential Reasoning for Semantic Vulnerability Analysis
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Paul Miller
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 July 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
Fog/Edge Computing (one fully funded UK/EU studentship
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
11 September 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2
Fog/Edge Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Blesson Varghese
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
30 June 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
DTP: GPU acceleration of discrete-event simulations of digital twins
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Carlos Reano
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
DTP: Fault-Tolerant Monitoring and Control in Industrial Internet-of-Things
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2
DTP:Transprecise computing meets multi-physics simulation: adapting computation to precision requirements
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
15 March 2020
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2

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.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

  • 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) £4,407
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £4,407
Other (non-UK) EU £4,407
International £21,300

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.Doctoral Training Centres at Queen's

Queen's has eight outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and most importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.

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.