Computer Science MPhil/PhD

Major code: CSPR/CSMR


Pursue your postgraduate programme at the University of Liverpool and you'll be part of a Computer Science school that's internationally renowned for its advanced research and teaching.

Subject Overview

We came seventh nationally in the 2008 research assessment exercise and have four main research groups:-

  • Agents
  • Algorithmics
  • Logic and Computation
  • Economics and Computation

Together these groups provide a critical mass of expertise equal to the most complex challenges in Computer Science, within a setting that offers world class research facilities and support.

Pursue your MSc/MRes research project and PhD/MPhil studies here and you'll be able to contribute to, and shape, cutting edge research and innovative technologies of the future.

Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise 2008
The results of the last Research Assessment Exercise placed Liverpool within the top 10 computer science departments in the UK. All of the department's research activity was recognised as being of international standing, with 75% classified as internationally excellent and 30% as world leading.

This puts the department in the top 7 departments in the UK in terms of the proportion of research classified as world leading. Computer Science currently holds research grants of some £4.5million and has recently benefited from a £5million investment in estates and facilities. Such investment has resulted in a vastly improved physical research environment, giving research groups dedicated meeting and seminar rooms, enabling students and supervisors to be closely located, and making it possible to organise many high profile conferences and workshops.

Why Computer Science?

Research Led Department

Computer Science at the University of Liverpool is research-driven and internationally renowned for its cutting-edge work. Coming seventh in the 2008 research assessment exercise, our lecturers are international leaders in their research specialities. Our four main research groups: Agents; Algorithmics; Logic and Computation; and Economics and Computation; provide a critical mass of expertise in these areas enabling strong group support and inter group collaboration. MSc/MRes research projects and PhD/MPhil study offer the opportunity to contribute to, and shape, cutting edge research and innovative technologies of the future.

Research Environment

Research in the Department is funded by the UK Research Councils, the EU and industry. We have strong links with other Departments including Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Engineering, and Management. Research in the Department connects and contributes strongly to undergraduate teaching. Research students are attached to one of the Department's research groups where they can develop their research alongside their supervisors with input from other with academic and research staff. The Department's regular research seminars and group events help keep research students and staff informed with new developments in the field. Students are encouraged to present their work at leading conferences. Opportunities exist for research students to contribute to Departmental undergraduate teaching.


Housed in a grade II listed building at the heart of the campus which has recently undergone a £5 million refurbishment, the department offers postgraduate students a pleasant working environment with excellent facilities. Our learning support facilities, including the technical and student support staff, enhance student learning and are regularly praised by current students.