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Informatics (PhD/MPhil)

PhD 3 years, MPhil 1-2 years (Full-time) / opportunities available (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Programme Aims

Studying for a PhD or MPhil at the Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics offers you the opportunity to become part of a strong, dynamic and internationally successful research school.

Special Features

Programme Description

Studying for a PhD or MPhil in the field of informatics you will investigate new models and techniques of knowledge and information use. Recent projects have involved healthcare (secure access to necessary information in a multidisciplinary care team), Biodiversity (managing the integration of information from observations of species) and Geoinformatics (combining formal geospatial data with Web 2.0 sources).

The group makes use of both dedicated and GRID resources to conduct its research and has recently established a Security & Privacy Laboratory for use in research, in teaching and in industrial engagement. The research staff in this field continue to have a diverse range of industrial and academic partners.

Research students are at the core of the School's academic enterprise. While you study, we will expect you to contribute fully to the advancement of knowledge not just at Cardiff but more widely, participating in the international environment of your chosen academic field.

As a School we offer you the opportunity to work alongside our research staff who publish widely, edit and review for international journals, act as external examiners both within the UK and internationally, provide consultancy and secure research funding. The School’s research staff work on many interdisciplinary projects, and include members of influential government and professional advisory bodies. Each of our three research areas have strong international collaborations in Europe (including many EU projects) the Americas, Australia and the Far East.

Every research student works under the expert guidance of supervisors with interests and expertise relevant to the research topic. It is their role to advise and instruct you as you work towards your masters or doctorate.

A key element to supporting you while you pursue a research degree with us is our commitment to maintain significant investment in the research environment. The last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) noted the quality of this laboratory and infrastructure investment.

Research Areas

Within the broad field of Informatics this research group has a deep and proven interest in knowledge and information systems. Particular areas of strength and expertise include:

Current or recent major research projects undertaken by this group include:

Career Prospects

This postgraduate research programme will prepare you for a career as a leading academic or industrial research and development role.

Entry Requirements

Either a 2.1 Honours degree or a Masters degree with a distinction in the research dissertation, in computing or a related subject. Applicants with appropriate professional experience are also considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the language. Minimum requirements of 6.5 IELTS overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and a minimum of 6.0 in speaking, listening and reading.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Guidance for applicants can be found via the School of Computer Science and Infomatics Instructions to Applicants.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below

Next intake: 1st October, 1st January, 1st April each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Helen Williams  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5586 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4598 


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