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PhD / MPhil Computer Science




What will I learn?


PhD projects are available across a range of areas including Software and Systems Engineering, Computational Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering, Evolutionary Systems, Machine Learning and Computational Intelligence.


Below is a selection of our current and recent research interests.

Computational Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering: we research applications and methods of computational modelling and analysis with the aim to understand how neural systems work and to design engineering solutions for biomedical problems that involve abnormal or lacking neural control.

Evolutionary Systems: we work on the development and analysis of neuroevolutionary systems to advance understanding of the capacity of evolutionary processes to generate increasingly intelligent behaviours in virtual creatures.

Software and Systems Engineering: we carry out research in the areas of complex systems, computational systems, knowledge modelling, human-computer interaction (HCI), user-centred design (UCD), ‘big data’ analytics, e-Learning and biological system design. We also have research interests in computer vision, cultural informatics, wearable systems and health technologies. Together our research themes have applications and strong relevance to health, education and smart energy.

Machine Learning and Computational Intelligence: AI (deep learning, reinforcement learning, federated learning) and data analytics for various IoT and smart energy and smart city applications; fog/edge computing; digital twin.

Which department am I in?

Keele University

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£14,900.00 (US$ 17,974) per year
Fee given is for 2021/22 entry. There may be slight increase in the year 2022/23.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


Keele University


ST5 5BG, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need an honours degree with first or 2.1 classifications, or the equivalent if they have been educated outside the UK. Any other academic and/or professional qualifications you may have are also considered, and in some cases form an integral part of the entrance requirement. Students need an IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any subtest. TOEFL iBT (including Home Edition) with overall score of 79 (components - listening 19, reading 19, speaking 20, writing 19).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Keele University

Keele University has risen to 32nd place in the UK and made it into the top ten and is also known to deliver one-to one academic assistance.

  • Keele offers world-class learning and several study options
  • Self-contained University with many impressive facilities
  • 96% of graduates find work within six months
  • Joint first in England for student course satisfaction

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