Research degrees

Research is at the heart of everything we do at the Department of Computer Science and, as a research student with the Department, you will join an active research community at the forefront of the field, working in a lively environment on projects that combine academic rigour with industry relevance.

Research opportunities in the online prospectus

Find out more about our exciting range of self-funded and funded PhD degrees in the online prospectus.

  • Self-funded degress are existing projects which have already had a topic and supervisor allocated, but which require you to provide your own funding.
  • Funded PhD degrees are funded studentship opportunities within the Department of Computer Science.
Research opportunities in the prospectus

What you can expect

An active and diverse research community

You will be part of an international department engaged in research with an impact and collaborating closely with wide-ranging industry contacts.

Access to excellent facilities

You will join an extensive postgraduate community at Loughborough University and enjoy the exceptional sports and campus facilities our outstanding single-site campus has to offer. In addition, all research students are provided with their own workstation, on-line access to international journals, and academic and pastoral support from their supervisor(s).

Support, collaboration and personal development

You will benefit from a regular programme of seminars, employment opportunities as lab or tutorial assistants, organised social activities, and opportunities for research skills training.

Our research

Research within the department ranges from underlying mathematical theory to the practical creation and operation of networked systems, and our industrial collaborators include BAE Systems, Jennic, Arqiva, Sure, Advantica, Toyota, Sensinode and Rolls Royce.

The department’s research is organised under three groups:

Each year students commence PhD (or MPhil) work, joining an existing group of research students and becoming part of the research culture of the Department. The level and quality of research undertaken in the Department provides an excellent base for students wishing to pursue a research degree. We seek well-motivated and well-qualified individuals to join and contribute to existing research projects and to explore new directions.

Applicants are required to provide a research proposal that outlines the research context, aims and objectives, and some indication of the methodology to be used. Applicants are advised to study the staff research profiles before preparing their proposals to ensure an appropriate match in research areas.

Each research student works under the supervision of one or more supervisors, who belong to one of the research groups within the Department. A Director of Research, chosen from senior academic staff is also appointed to oversee both student and supervisor. Regular meetings are held where students, supervisor and directors of research come together to discuss overall progress. Research students form an integral part of the Department's research community.

How to apply and further details

Application forms are available electronically and can be submitted through the University website.

For more information about the University in general, the town of Loughborough, and the student's union, please look at the University's postgraduate prospectus.

For further information please contact Dr Baihua Li (e-mail:, tel: +44 (0)1509 222672).

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