King's College London

Course Introduction

Description

The Department of Informatics has an extensive research profile, with major externally funded projects, a strong publication profile and significant research activity. Our research is organised around our research groups, and you can find details of the range of current research projects and interests on the Department's research pages.

If you are interested in joining us to undertake PhD research, you should identify topics and academic staff in your area of interest. If you cannot find your chosen topic or area on our individual research section or subgroup pages, contact a relevant member of academic staff for further information and then follow the application procedure.

Algorithms & Data Analysis

The research scope of the Algorithms and Data Analysis (ADA) group ranges from theoretical computational-complexity issues, through design and analysis of algorithms and data structures for generic computational problems, to developing machine learning algorithms that are able to apply but also acquire new knowledge, adapt to environment, and process new inputs. Particular emphasis is placed on developing algorithmic solutions and concrete implementations for various applications, focusing on applications engaging with verticals such as health, security, and finance.

Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity (CYS) group studies design, modelling, analysis, verification and testing of networks and systems in order to tackle cybersecurity and privacy problems that are important to industry, society and everyone living in a technologically dependent world.

Our research is both theoretical and applied, and includes cryptography, security by design, security engineering, formal methods for security and privacy, protocols and web and mobile applications, malware, access control, anomaly detection and intrusion detection, business processes and workflows, policies, trust, transparency, human factors and socio-technical systems, usable security and privacy, AI privacy, AI security, safety, information assurance and information warfare, intelligent security, ethical hacking, cybercrime forensics and statistics.

Numerous industrial applications include network security solutions, cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, e-health. We also collaborate with governmental and law-enforcement agencies.

Distributed Artificial Intelligence

The Distributed Artificial Intelligence group explores the use of AI in social and economic contexts where an intelligent entity may be interacting with other entities. The group marries artificial intelligence expertise with social, political and economic theories and data to pursue research that has strong technological and societal relevance and benefit. We take inspiration from tools and techniques in human societies for the engineering of effective decentralised technology, and develop computational models for analysing social, political and economic phenomena to improve the effectiveness and fairness of policy and practice.

Human Centred Computing

The Human Centred Computing (HCC) group is concerned with the design, development and evaluation of systems with which humans interact and engage in complex and varied ways, with interest in visualisation, natural language processing and human-computer interaction. This newly created group, building on its activity on empirical designs and visual analytics, will seek to appoint staff to conduct inter-disciplinary research focusing on human involvement with systems. HCC?s aim is to develop a recognized international expertise in empirical design, user centred methodologies, visual analytics, information visualization, natural language processing, multi-modal interfaces, human factors, and human computer interaction.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,300 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,300 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £23,400 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,650 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,650 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £11,700 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree in computer science or a closely related subject, and a good background in the area of intended research. Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate requirements but have or are currently studying an additional Masters with Merit in computer science or relevant subject may be considered.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with any of the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill; TOEFL IBT: 80 overall, with a minimum 20 in each skill; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 59 overall, with a minimum of 54 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.