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MPhil/PhD Computer Science

MPhil/PhD Computer Science

The School of Computer Science undertakes a blend of fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary research. There are particular strengths in robotics, computer vision, data science, social computing, and many aspects of human computer interaction and games computing.

The Course

The School of Computer Science offers the opportunity to work alongside academics whose research has been internationally recognised. You will have the chance to work within a supportive community, sharing ideas and experiences with the aim of advancing knowledge.

Research being undertaken in the School includes advancements in imaging technology for the detection and treatment of diseases such as cancer, the design of mobile and social computing platforms for health and wellbeing, and enhancing our understanding of how long-term relationships can be developed between humans and androids.

As a research student, you can benefit from a comprehensive programme of training designed to develop your research skills and methodologies. You will have access to the latest industry-standard equipment and software to aid your investigations, including Oculus Rift, embedded system development and microelectronic engineering design and simulation platforms. A supervisory team of experienced academics is available to provide guidance in publishing your work in journals and presenting at conferences.

The Course

This programme offers the opportunity to work alongside academic staff whose research has been internationally recognised. Researchers in the School include Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering, Professor Nigel Allinson MBE, and Professor of Intelligent Robotics and Interactive Systems, Professor Marc Hanheide. Academics staff at all levels of seniority and research students can benefit from a supportive community and environment in which to share ideas and experiences with the aim of advancing knowledge.

Research undertaken in the School includes advancements in imaging technology for the detection and treatment of diseases such as cancer, the design of mobile and social computing platforms for health and wellbeing and enhancing our understanding of how long-term relationships can be developed between humans and robots, and, also in relation to the Lincoln Institute of Agri-food Technology, many aspects of technology focused on agriculture and food production.

Students can benefit from a comprehensive programme of training designed to develop key research skills and methodologies. Access is provided to industry-standard equipment and software to aid students' investigations, including VR-capable computers with headsets (e.g. HTC Vive and Oculus Rift), specialist development environments, and engineering design and simulation platforms. A supervisory team of experienced academics is available to provide guidance on students' studies and careers, and also for publishing work in journals and presenting at conferences.

We conduct a blend of fundamental, applied and interdisciplinary research and have particular strengths in robotics, computer vision, social computing, and many aspects of computer gaming.

Example Research Areas:

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Device and System Design
  • Computer Vision and Image/Video Analysis
  • Medical Image Analysis
  • Data Analytics
  • Social Computing, Games and Serious Gaming Applications.


For detailed information about the School’s research activity please visit: http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/socs/research/

Entry to the doctoral study programmes can be through MPhil or PhD registrations depending on previous experience. You will usually work under the guidance of one main supervisor and one secondary supervisor throughout your studies, and you will have access to a range of the School’s facilities.

Students should expect the equivalent to a one hour supervision meeting each week. Training in research methods features in the early part of the programme and, as you progress, you will be encouraged to present and publish your findings in national and international conferences and journals.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

The School of Computer Science undertakes a blend of fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary research. There are particular strengths in robotics, computer data science, and many aspects of human computer interaction and games computing.

Research Areas:

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Device and System Design
  • Computer Vision and Image/Video Analysis
  • Medical Image Analysis
  • Data Analytics
  • Social Computing, Games, and Serious Games Applications.

For detailed information about the School’s research activity please visit:

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/socs/research/

Students on this programme usually work under the guidance of one main supervisor and one secondary supervisor throughout their studies, and will have access to a range of the School’s facilities.

Training in research methods features in the early part of the programme and students are encouraged to present and publish their findings in national and international conferences and journals.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor, but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme.

For more detailed information, please contact the Programme Leader.

Additional development and training courses are offered through the University of Lincoln Doctoral School. Find out more at:

https://doctoralschool.lincoln.ac.uk/

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of a student's thesis, and their ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or expanded upon existing theory or understanding.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £16,100 £8,050
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308

 

2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263

 

* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

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Academic Contact


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

Postgraduate research can provide training for a career in academia or research. After graduating, some may move into an academic-related roles such as postdoctoral researchers or research assistants. Graduates may also progress to roles in the computing industry.

Career and Personal Development

A postgraduate research programme can provide the skills needed for a career in academia or research. Graduates may move into an academic-related roles such as postdoctoral researchers or research assistants. Graduates may also progress to roles in the computing industry.


Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Technical resources for Computer Science include research facilities and laboratories, a computer engineering workshop, workstations with full development software platforms and a range of equipment for loan including, Raspberry Pi, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality kit, smartphones and robots.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.