PhD Funding at the Department of Computer Science for 2018/19 entry

University of York - Department of Computer Science

Location: York

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students

Funding amount: £14,553 + Tuition fee waiver (DTG) or Tuition fee waiver only (DRSA)

Placed on: 28 November 2017


The Department of Computer Science has a number of funded PhD opportunities currently available for 2018/19 entry.

The EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant (DTG) is a fully funded studentship awarded to outstanding students that covers fees for three years and an annual tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (starting at £14,553 for 2017/18). Grounds on which funding may be awarded include academic excellence and potential, as well as alignment to significant research directions of the department. The DTG award is open to UK students and EU students who meet EPSRC eligibility criteria.

The Department Research Student Award (DRSA) can be awarded to any applicant and provides a fee-waiver to cover the tuition fee for the three-year PhD programme. Grounds on which funding may be awarded include academic excellence and potential, as well as alignment to significant research directions of the department.

Before applying for DTG or DRSA funding, candidates must either:

Choose one of the research topics listed online here;
Contact potential supervisors directly and develop a research proposal jointly with the potential supervisor(s) listed here.

About the Department

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results ranked York’s Computer Science 7th overall in the UK (5th for impact, 6th for environment). This result confirms the long-standing global reach and real-world significance of our research and makes us one of best Departments in the country for nurturing excellent research by staff and research students alike. All aspects of our impact and environment were judged to be of world-leading or international standard.

The department has over 170 research students, and provides office space and workstations as standard. High-performance computing is available locally and through shared resources such as the N8 cluster, and the department has specialist research computing technicians. There are laboratories for areas such as embedded systems, quantum information processing and computer vision, and an instrumented Home Lab. The department also hosts the University’s Digital Creativity Hub and Robotics Lab.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for this funding you must:

  • possess outstanding academic ability - normally, a Bachelors: Honours 1st or equivalent or Masters: Distinction or equivalent, though applicants with strong subsequent academic or industrial careers will be considered
  • be a native or near native speaker, or educated in English, or IELTS at level 6.0 with no element below 5.5
  • meet EPSRC eligibility criteria if applying for EPSRC DTG

Apply for this studentship


Include a -2 page research proposal that evidences good academic writing and referencing styles, which can be prepared in conjunction with the proposed supervisor(s)

You will be expected to attend an interview, and demonstrate:

  • An appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
  • Clear motivation for undertaking PhD study, in York, in the chosen area, with the chosen supervisor(s)
  • Evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research


The closing date for the receipt of applications is midnight (GMT) on Friday 19 January 2018.

Interviews will take place at time of application.

The studentships will begin in October 2018.

Application enquiries

+44 (0)1904 325404

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