New Route PhD - Computer Science

Computer Science at Brunel is one of the largest centres for research in this field in Europe and has strength both in depth and breadth with around 70 research-active members of staff including eight professors undertaking research in a wide range of areas. Staff members are very successful in obtaining financial support from British Research Councils, the European Union and other sources to fund their research, current grants are totaling around £7 million, and publish extensively their research findings in refereed journals, edited books and conference proceedings.

The Department obtained a score of 5 in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The strong research culture is epitomised by its very successful PhD programme; there are currently over 150 research students registered for PhD degrees, both full-time and part-time.

Each year, Computer Science awards a significant number of PhD bursaries and invests heavily in its research infrastructure and equipment. It also offers specialist research training to all new Doctoral students in Research Methods, and organises a weekly Research Seminars Series and an annual residential course. The specialist research training is supplemented by generic research training offered by the Graduate School. Candidates are also expected to pursue several modules chosen from the portfolio of MSc courses offered by Department of Computer Science. All doctoral candidates will be encouraged to present their research at national and international conferences and publish their findings in refereed journals.

The NewRoutePhD Programme is led by the Doctoral Programme Director who is responsible, with individual supervisors, for supporting research students in the development, management and appraisal of their work. The Department of Computer Science has excellent links both with the private and public sector and much of the doctoral research is carried out in collaboration or at such organisations. Whilst all PhD students are allocated a permanent desk with computer equipment in St John's building, they also have access to a wide range of School and University research facilities located throughout the Uxbridge Campus.

Because the NewRoutePhD Programme extends the traditional PhD programme from three to four years, it aims to develop an additional range of knowledge and skills that both broaden and deepen a candidate’s subject expertise with generic personal, business and communication skills.


Your taught programme will promote critical analysis, independence of thought, an awareness of broader issues which create an impact on the environment of research and an understanding of subject-specific knowledge at the forefront of your discipline. The taught element will cover generic and research skills and discipline-specific modules as follows:

Module Code
Module Title
GS5525 Theory and Practice in Research 15
GS5527/31 Research Design, Methods and Analysis (Behavioural/Physical Sciences) 30
GS5530 Research Management, Leadership and Personal Development 15
GS5528 Academic Research Dissemination 15
GS5529 Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact 15
GS5526 Guided Study or Subject-specific modules 30
Total 120

This programme is designed to be flexible and meet your individual needs therefore the modules above may run over several consecutive years allowing you to negotiate your route through the programme in a way that best supports your individual development.

Subject-specific modules selected from our research-led MSc degrees:

  • Professional Development and Research
  • Semantic Integration Frameworks
  • Project Management
  • Systems in Context
  • Organisational Change and Business Improvement
  • ICT’s and Strategic Change
  • Business Integration
  • Business Modelling
  • Data Management and Business Intelligence
  • ERP Theory and Practice
  • ERP Systems Deployment and Configuration
  • Service Oriented Development

Fees 2014/15

  • Home/EU: £8,250 full-time
  • Overseas: £20,000 full-time
Usual entry requirements
A good first degree or a Master's degree.

Information about your studies

NewRoutePhD Contact
Doctoral Programme Director’s Office
Department of Computer Science
Tel +44 (0)1895 265970
Fax +44 (0)1895 251686

Apply for this course online:

Page last updated: Tuesday 29 April 2014