The PhD Programme in Computer Science

Applications are invited from candidates with good first degrees in computer science, electronic engineering, physics, maths, biology, neuroscience or other relevant disciplines to join projects as research students. Projects are available for PhD students (three years full time, six years part time) and for MSc by Research students (one year full time, two years part time).

Projects are available in (but not limited to) the following areas

We recommend that you discuss your proposed research with a member of academic staff at the University of Hertfordshire before submitting your application. Please name this staff member when submitting your application. Applications for projects that are not listed above should include an outline research proposal.

Find out more about our current research in Computer Science at the University and links to individual staff web pages.

For informal enquiries email Professor Volker Steuber

A limited number of studentships are available for exceptional candidates in particular areas (£15,609 per annum bursary plus the payment of the student fees). Applicants from outside the UK or EU are eligible.

Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognised as excellent in the REF 2014, with 50% of the research submitted rated as internationally excellent or world leading.

The University of Hertfordshire provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialised and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training and researcher development opportunities. The University is situated in Hatfield, in the green belt just north of London.

How to apply

Download the application form

Please note: You must download the application form to your computer before you complete it. If you complete the form in the browser window, the information you have entered may be lost when the form is saved.

The application form should be returned to:

Lynette Spelman and Emma Thorogood
Research Student Administrators
University of Hertfordshire
AL10 9AB

Preferably, please email the application form to

Applications should also include two references and transcripts of previous academic degrees. We accept applications for self-funded places throughout the year.

The next short-listing process for studentship applications will begin in spring 2022.