The School of Computing and Engineering offers various fee waiver and scholarship opportunities for Master’s by Research and PhD applicants. All scholarship schemes are assessed on a competitive basis judged on academic record, aptitude for research, understanding of the proposed research project, knowledge of the background/literature, research skills and motivation. If you are shortlisted then you will be invited to an interview with the School Fee Waiver Panel (conducted remotely via video conferencing as appropriate).

Prior to application, you should identify a potential supervisor in the School who is prepared to support your application for a fee waiver or scholarship. This can be done by discovering the research projects advertised on Coursefinder or, if you wish to explore further opportunities or propose your own project, then you will need to approach potential supervisors who can be identified through their Pure profiles. They will also be able to advise you on completing your application.

When you are ready to apply, please complete the online application form. If you wish to be considered for a School Fee Waiver or a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, please clearly indicate this on your application.

Applications deadlines for School Fee Waiver and Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship schemes:

Research start date

Application deadline

April 2022

28 January 2022

September/October 2022

10 June 2022

January 2023

21 October 2022

April 2023

27 January 2023

September/October 2023

9 June 2023


Prioritised Research Areas in the Department of Computer Science

 Applications to be considered for scholarship should show a demonstrable alignment with the departmental strategic priority. A list of currently active research degree projects for 2019/2020 can be found on the Course Finder using the following URLs:

Additionally, we will also consider exceptional candidates with a personal proposal that will enhance our existing research activities. For an overview of the existing research structure within the department, please see The list below is a summary of our active research areas.

Computer Science and Information Systems

  • Artificial intelligence including automated planning and machine learning
  • Secure and verifiable software engineering
  • Information and cyber security
  • Internet of things and cyber physical systems
  • Scientific and information visualisation
  • Knowledge graphs
  • Intelligent digital twins
  • Computer graphics and computer vision

Music Technology and Games

  • Human factors in interactive media
  • Spatial audio engineering
  • Computational creativity


  • Statistical modelling and analysis
  • Data science including big data analytics and data mining
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Elastic instabilities of solids and structures
  • Modelling of multiphase flow
  • Modelling of industrial processes.

Queries specific to an advertised project should be directed to the supervisor/principle investigator of the project. All general inquiries can be made to the following contacts:

Current Scholarship Opportunities

Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships

A Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship covers 100% of the tuition fees.

School of Computing and Engineering Scholarships

Fee waivers are awarded for 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of tuition fees.


Middleware as a Service (MWaaS) for High Energy Physics Experiments


Compute Acceleration for Track Reconstruction and Event Filtering in ATLAS HLT