In the School of Computing our high-quality research is supported by a vibrant postgraduate population. We provide an extensive framework of support for our new PhD and MSc research students.

Join us

As a research student within the School, you undertake original individual study in a specified area of computing under the guidance of an academic supervisor. You become a member of one of our research groups, where you work alongside other students and staff engaged in work in your field. 

We have many partnerships, both nationally and internationally, with universities and industry. You are encouraged to engage with these partners, as well as forge your own relationships in the wider research community. 

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PhD study is extremely rewarding, as it gives you the opportunity to contribute something completely new to your area and to establish yourself as an expert. It also requires stamina, creativity and discipline. At Kent, we make sure that you have the support you need to succeed.

Research was always something I liked, so for me I was taking my favourite parts of all my previous degrees and just doing more of it.

You can find details about the work currently taking place in our research groups on their individual webpages: 

  • Computational Intelligence
  • Computing Education
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Programming Languages and Systems.

How to apply

If you have a specific research proposal (or area) in mind, we recommend you contact a member of staff before completing your application. You can find out about the research interests of our staff on our People page.

There are lots more details about the application process, on our postgraduate How to apply page

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