Computer Science MPhil/PhD

Major code: CSPR/CSMR



In order to be admitted onto a PhD programme, an applicant needs a first degree in a related subject. Usually we ask for a good honours degree in Computer Science or a related discipline (eg, Mathematics or Electrical Engineering), or else an MSc degree in a related discipline. Besides these general requirements, it is crucial that the research interests of the applicant match as closely as possible those of the potential supervisors. The following are some titles of recent PhD theses:

  • A query-based approach to ontologies using the theory of institutions
  • Agents, contexts, and logic
  • Agents with a human touch: modeling of human rationality in agent systems
  • An investigation into the issues of multi-agent data mining
  • Clausal reasoning for branching-time logics
  • Colouring empires in random trees
  • Digital decision-making: using computational argumentation to support democratic processes
  • Extending association rule mining
  • High-performance computing for computational biology of the heart
  • Resolution-based methods for linear-time temporal logics : with applications to formal verification
  • Tackling the computational complexity of understanding coalition formation in multi-agent systems

PhD Studentships

The School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science offers up to ten PhD studentships, in a wide range of research areas spanning the School’s activities.

Applications can be made online via the link:

There are separate application forms for postgraduate research and taught programmes. For both, the easiest way to make an application is to apply online.

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply by:

Postgraduate Admissions
Student Recruitment and Admissions Office
The University of Liverpool
Foundation Building
Brownlow Hill
L69 7ZX UK
T: +44 (0)151 794 5927 F: +44 (0)151 794 2060

If you complete a hard copy of the Research application pack, you will need to know the Programme and Major codes for the programme of study you wish to undertake, in order to complete Section 2. The Programme and Major codes can be found at the top of the Phd webpage.

All applicants

In addition to the information required on the application form, you will need to send copies of the following documents to the Postgraduate Admissions team with your application:

  • School or college transcripts/certificates University transcripts
  • Degree certificates
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency (EU and international applicants only)
  • Personal statement
  • Two references
  • Proof of funding Research proposal (forMPhil/PhD applicants only).

NB: We would advise that photocopies and scanned documents are acceptable at application stage. However, originals may be required should your application be successful.

Research applicants

Students applying for research degrees (MPhil/PhD/MD) should in addition, follow these steps:

  • Check the School’s research webpages to see if we can offer expert supervision in your chosen area of specialisation.
  • Prepare a brief research proposal to outline the research project you would like to undertake.
  • Submit a full application with all supporting documents, including a clear statement on how you intend to fund your research degree.

Acknowledgement of your application

The Postgraduate Admissions Team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the appropriate academic department(s) for consideration.

Students with disabilities

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support. To discuss your situation or to obtain a copy of the University’s booklet, “A guide to support and services for students with disabilities,” please contact a member of the Disability Support Team on T:+44 (0)151 794 4714 / 6676 or at

International students

Please note, it is a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate applicants, who need Entry Clearance to study in the UK, to have an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. It is your responsibility to check if this scheme applies to you. See our ATAS page for more information.

Representatives overseas

In some countries the University works with local representatives who can provide more information and help you with the application process. For further details, please visit our International pages.

Further information

There are no strict application deadlines but applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they require visas or have special requirements.