We pride ourselves on our excellent staff–student relations. We
foster a friendly atmosphere and provide a supportive environment
where staff and students regularly mingle over coffee and all
academics have an open-door policy. We are small enough to maintain
a friendly and purposeful atmosphere, yet large enough to offer a
range of postgraduate opportunities.
Our postgraduate students are a well-integrated and fundamental
part of our research community and contribute a great deal to the
shaping of the school. For this reason, we pride ourselves on the
individual support we provide for our postgraduate students to make
sure that they are each able to achieve their full potential.
We are ranked in joint fifth position for research
impact nationally in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF
2014), with 80% of the research we submitted being assessed as
The School undertakes high-quality international research in
applied, niche areas of the subject domain. Much of this research
is multidisciplinary, involving members of the Faculty of Science
and Engineering, other universities, commercial organisations or
healthcare providers. A key element of our research strategy is a
significant involvement with national and international research
The School’s research is organised within five groups, ranging
from artificial intelligence and informatics to simulation and
visualization. Each of these groups has dedicated laboratory space
with facilities to support research by academic staff, research
associates and assistants, and postgraduate research students.
The school also houses the Hull Immersive
Visualization Environment (HIVE), a multi-million pound virtual
environment & computer graphics research centre, which provides
a focus for interdisciplinary research.
We have a vibrant research environment and this continues to
grow thanks to the enthusiasm of our staff and student
New students are immediately welcomed into research groups
within their school. Students are encouraged to work alongside our
professors and lecturers to contribute to scholarship in their
One of the greatest advantages of studying at Hull is the added
value we provide compared to similar degrees across the UK —
opportunities and activities that we offer beyond a typical course.
Many of these extra activities outside of the taught syllabus will
give you the skills to stand out in the competitive employment
You’ll find the School is an exceptionally rewarding and
exciting place to study. From Rather Useful Seminars to Game Jams,
from Freeside to the Computer Society, taking part is great fun and
gives you an extra edge over graduates from elsewhere.
For example, our students have had outstanding success in the
Imagine Cup, a prestigious international competition which
showcases student achievement.
In fact, Microsoft have so much respect for our Imagine Cup
experience that one of our lecturers, Rob Miles, became the
Worldwide Competition Captain of the Imagine Cup Software
Our excellent relationship with industry enables us to secure
and deploy the latest technology to our teaching and research
For example, our dedicated games lab provides access to a
variety of console development platforms in teaching – including
PS3 and PS4 kits.
The School is also a member of Microsoft Academic Alliance,
which enables our students to gain access (for no cost) to
virtually the entire range of Microsoft software, including their
operating systems and Visual Studio.
We are part of the PlayStation® First Partnership Programme, a
Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Worldwide Studios (WWS)
academic partnership programme to inspire innovation across
PlayStation. PlayStation® First status is awarded by invitation
only to leading university courses, educational organisations and
The school has a long-held interest in computer games and the
technologies used to create them, and this has allowed us to build
up a range of experience and contacts in the games industry. This
has also enabled us to become accredited by Skillset, the
industrial body for the creative industries in the UK.
We believe strong links with industry are vital in ensuring the
best possible education for our students. We engage with a range of
employers to ensure that our postgraduate degrees are world leading
Employers regularly visit the School to provide guest
seminars/workshops, meet with students and provide feedback on our
syllabus. Past visits have included Microsoft, Sony, Codemasters,
Electronic Arts, and Content Master.
Hull has a reputation for excellence in games development and
software engineering, gained as a direct result of the quality of
our graduates and postgraduates.
The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS)
is a specially designed suite of modules and workshops for research
students. It is built with flexibility in mind, so that you are
able to put together a customised training programme that supports
you in achieving your goals. This may involve attending taught
modules in our school or elsewhere, or claiming credits for other
types of activities, such as teaching, presenting at conferences,
or publishing your ideas.
You can take advantage of this opportunity to not only enhance
existing skills but also acquire and demonstrate new skills. This
will be particularly relevant if you are undertaking your degree to
build your career.
But for all students the PGTS offers the training required to
ensure you successfully complete your degree.
Once completed, students qualify for the award of the
Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training (PGCert) or Diploma
in Research Training (PGDip).
We have three dedicated labs for postgraduate students in the
School. The labs are open 24 hours a day.
We also have specialist facilities for graphics research in the
Hull Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE) – our virtual
reality research laboratory – and strong commercial links via
Software Engineering Experience Development (SEED), our in-house
software development unit.
One of the most unique aspects about the School of Computer
Science at Hull is Seed Software, our in-house commercial software
Set up in 2005 with the support from Microsoft, Seed Software
provides students with the opportunity to work on live commercial
software engineering projects, gaining prized project management
expertise and sought-after business skills.
Seed Software has a highly successful product line which
provides communication facilities for the emergency services; more
than half the fire services in the UK now use software developed by
Seed. All interns and students work with Seed Software's full time
software developers, who provide comprehensive mentoring and
Seed works increasingly closely with our research groups to
develop ideas and put them into practice, serving as a possible
route to market for some of the most promising developments.
You can find out more about Seed Software on their website.
Many postgraduate research students harbour ambitions to go into
academia once they graduate. In this case, having opportunities to
gain teaching experience is also invaluable. Therefore, if students
wish, they can get involved in teaching undergraduates or mentoring
new postgraduate students.
Most of our postgraduates choose to serve as demonstrators
during undergraduate laboratory sessions, helping the students with
their work and answering any questions they might have. Others also
choose to deliver tutorials or even lectures in some cases. This
all provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience, build
skills, and earn some money as well.
Furthermore, our postgraduate students are some of our most
enthusiastic ambassadors, and they regularly get the opportunity to
represent the School at University open days, school visits, and
other major events like our annual Science
Festival. Being able to communicate complex ideas effectively
is a vital skill, and so it is important that researchers learn to
be able to explain their work not just to other academics in their
chosen field, but also to other students, children, and the general