MPhil/PhD Computer Science

Duration MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
Discipline
  • Computer Science
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September, January or April

Overview

As a PhD or MPhil student in Computing, you will join the department of Computer Science. The department houses multidisciplinary teams who are tackling a wide range of important and exciting research problems. The department builds on Exeter’s international reputation for Computer Science activities, especially within areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and hydroinformatics. The department brings together Computer Scientists and Mathematicians working on a variety of modern-day, interdisciplinary topics including problems of knowledge representation, machine learning, optimisation, image and signal processing.

In the area of machine learning, pattern analysis and statistical computation, which incorporates close collaboration with the mathematical sciences, we research a range of techniques for learning from data, including statistical and nature-inspired methods. Current and recent projects in this area have focused around application areas ranging from bio-medical imaging, face and speech recognition to air-traffic control and safety-critical software design. A strong research theme in this area is shape-based computer vision and image processing, particularly for image retrieval and object classification.

Research on optimisation methods focuses on techniques for evolutionary optimisation, particularly multi-objective optimisation. This work is currently being exploited in areas such as hydroinformatics, credit-card fraud detections, mobile phone network turning and bioinformatics problems. Closely related to these is research into biologically inspired algorithms, such as neural networks, swarm intelligence and artificial life, together with applications to bioinformatics.

Artificial intelligence research interests focus on spatial and temporal knowledge representation, with applications to geographical information science, and on the philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence and computer science.

In the area of hydroinformatics we are mainly concerned with the design and multi-objective optimisation of water distribution and related networks using iterative learning algorithms and neural networks; genetic algorithms; water systems. This is supported by EPSRC, EU and British Council contracts. The work involves collaboration with numerous UK and EU universities and industrial companies.

Research areas

Research areas

A summary of our main areas of research focus is provided here. The College research webpages provide more comprehensive details about current research projects. Details on individual staff research interests and publications can be found on the College staff profiles pages.

Areas of current interest include:

  • machine learning
  • shape representation
  • nature-inspired computing
  • knowledge representation and ontology
  • optimisation

Entry requirements 2018

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.0. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 87 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

55 overall with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £23,000 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Contact us

Postgraduate research admissions

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 722730
Email: emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk