London South Bank University

Course Introduction

The School of Engineering has a strong culture of research and enterprise. We are the top modern university in London for world'leading and internationally excellent research and Grade Point Average in General Engineering 'Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

REF awarded 80% of our research into General Engineering the two highest quality ratings (4* or 3*) for 'impact' (research and significance). This success is underpinned by a strong record of external income generation with the total current contract value of research and enterprise awards exceeding £4m.

Income is generated from a wide range of sources including the research councils, European Union, industry, Government, charities, consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships where the School is one of the leaders nationally. Our research is to a very large degree interdisciplinary and collaborative with strong national and international links.

The Big Data and Informatics Research Group (BDIRG) works collaboratively with external bodies and has an interdisciplinary approach, working across business, science and engineering projects. Recent projects have included work on graphic shapes and fonts for information visualization and electronic government, focusing on the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Areas of interest include:

* Big data analytics

* Business intelligence

* Visualisation and graphics

* Software metrics

* Business process re'engineering

A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community.

A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self'direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
6 years
Distance Learning
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Qualifications required:

  • When applying for a Research Degree Programme at LSBU you are expected to have a good honours degree. If you have the equivalent of a lower second or third class honours you would also need a Postgraduate qualification at Masters level. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications.