Computer Science research degrees

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Our programmes

Whether you choose to study at Masters or PhD level, you'll find that Computer Sciences at Hull combines research expertise and cutting-edge facilities to deliver a unique experience in your postgraduate journey. The qualification you earn will allow you to face the challenges that lie ahead in the rapidly-developing world of computer science and to obtain a head start in your career. The research we do in Computer Science - from AI and informatics to gamification, computational science, robotics and visualization - builds on a long history of successful research and innovation.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the UK's assessment of research quality, we were ranked joint fifth in the country for the international, real-world impact of our research. Studying with us for a postgraduate research degree means you get to benefit from this expertise to solve a world-leading research problem of your own. Along the way, you will also acquire a wealth of other vital skills and enjoy being part of our active and friendly postgraduate student community.


Our academic experts welcome applications for postgraduate research across a broad range of topics.

Artificial Intelligence and Informatics

  • Decision support and data mining (in telehealth)
  • Applied distributed information systems (privacy and security)
  • Big data

Computational Science

  • Agent-based modelling
  • Data structures and analytics
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Crowd-sourced data
  • High performance computing

Computer Gamification and Instruction

  • Using game technologies to improve motivation and engagement
  • Technology enhanced learning
  • Intelligent and personalised systems
  • Data mining (including educational data mining)
  • Human-computer interface aspects
  • Mobile and web-based applications

Dependable Systems

  • Optimal design refinement and allocation of dependability requirements - automation of processes in dependability standards
  • Automated dependability (safety, reliability, availability) analysis
  • Multi-objective optimisation of system architecture and maintenance
  • Automatic test data generation
  • New generation user interfaces for system design tools
  • Meta-heuristics, intelligent agents and application of AI in system design 


  • Intelligent robots
  • Intelligent diagnostic tools
  • Cognitive architectures
  • Fuzzy logic and robotics

Simulation and Visualization

  • Applications of simulation and visualization
  • Underpinning technologies


Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

MPhil: 2 years (full-time)

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)

MSc: 1 year (full-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £15,300 (full-time)

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all Computer Science research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps


For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

For entry onto a postgraduate research degree, we normally require a first or second class Honours degree (or equivalent), but we also consider applicants who can demonstrate suitable expertise in their chosen area.

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


One of the greatest advantages of studying Computer Science at Hull is our breadth of expertise and unrivalled flexibility; whatever your area of interest, you can choose an area of study that most fascinates you.

If you are considering applying, we welcome you to visit us. It's a great way to explore the campus, meet some of the staff, chat to current postgraduate students and find out what it is really like at Hull.