Why study for a MPhil/PhD in Computer Science at Leicester

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The Department has an international reputation for its research, which is loosely organised in five broad themes. Students should frame their projects so as to fall under one or more of these themes in order to be able draw from the collective expertise developed by staff members. Alternatively, students can choose from the list of concrete PhD topics.

The Department runs undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and organises and contributes to a number of one-year (12/15 months) full-time postgraduate degree programmes. It also contributes to other postgraduate programmes in Bioinformatics, Financial Mathematics and Computation, and Data Analysis for Business Intelligence.

The Department is involved in a number of national and European research projects in IT, involving both industrial and academic partners, giving postgraduates a chance to participate in the shaping of the Information Society and interact with fellow postgraduates across Europe.

How to apply

Application for postgraduate study at the Department of Informatics is made via the Admissions Office of the University. Please note the formal entry requirements of the University regarding the level of your degree and the your level of English in case English is not your first language.

Informal Advice

Besides a solid background and a strong motivation it is useful to have spent some thoughts on the following before applying:

  • your research topic
  • your future supervisor
  • your financial support.

The topic you propose should fit within the research themes of the department, it should lie within the research interests of your proposed supervisor or be chosen from the list of concrete PhD topics. It may help your application if you explain briefly why you are interested in your proposed area of research, and what in your background makes you well prepared for this topic.

You are most welcome to contact us, and we would encourage you to discuss your research plan with your potential supervisor before applying.

Financial Support

Information about departmental funding opportunities can be found here.

You should also think about where financial support will come from. Grant proposals have to be written with care and may require communication with and feedback from the department.


Send an email to fdv1@mcs.le.ac.uk if you have any questions or contact us at

Postgraduate Secretary,
Department of Informatics,
University of Leicester,                  
Leicester, LE1 7RH,

Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 3600
Fax: +44 (0) 116 252 3915 / 3604

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Admissions Enquiries:
BSc: +44 (0) 116 252 5280
MSc: +44 (0) 116 252 2265
E: BSc  seadmissions@le.ac.uk
E: MSc  pgadmissions@le.ac.uk

Departmental Enquiries:
T: +44 (0) 116 252 2129/3887
F: +44 (0) 116 252 3604
E: csadmin@mcs.le.ac.uk

Dept of Informatics
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom


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