Computer Science and Information Systems PhD

Course Introduction

An PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of 60,000 to 100,000 words. At Birkbeck, you are initially registered on an MPhil and you upgrade to a PhD after satisfactory progress in the first year or two, and if it seems likely that your thesis will contain significant original work. You need to find a suitable academic supervisor at Birkbeck, who can offer the requisite expertise to guide and support you through your research. Find out more about undertaking a research degree at Birkbeck.

Students who successfully complete this MPhil or PhD degree will have gained expert knowledge in their chosen research area and the ability to perform research-led activities in a broader context. In addition, students who successfully complete the PhD degree will have gained the ability to identify and solve complex problems arising in their chosen research area, and will have made a substantial original contribution to this area.

Start Date

Up to four years.

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: A Master's or upper second-class degree in computer science.
  • International entry requirements: A Master's or upper second-class degree in computer science. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.