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PhD Applications

I'm currently recruiting doctoral students to join my group in York.

I'm looking for smart, ambitious students who want to do research at the interface between CS theory and engineering practice.

I am happy to supervise PhD projects on any of my research interests. Take a look at my Research and Publications pages for ideas.

Contact me about applying


I am happy to supervise PhD students in any of my areas of interest. These include:

You don't need a fixed idea for a research topic before contacting me (although it's great if you have one!) Most PhD students start with loose ideas of what interests them, and then refine their ideas during their PhD studies.


If you are interested in applying for a PhD with me, please email me first to allow us to discuss possible topics. Please include a copy of your CV/resume with your email.

In order to apply, you must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master's degree in Computer Science or a related discipline.

To make a formal application, you should apply via the University of York's central application system. You should then name me as a potential supervisor.

Do not make more than one application. If you wish to be considered by other supervisors in addition to me, list them on your application form. Making separate applications will result in duplication of effort and will not increase your chances of obtaining funding.


Studying for a PhD requires tuition fees and living expenses for 3-4 years. Fees differ between Home/EU students and others - see the university's page on fees and funding for details.

If you have your own funding (e.g. from a national scholarship programme or private finance), then you are able to apply to start at any time. Alternatively, if you are unable to fund PhD studies (or can only part-fund them), other possible sources of funding are available.

  1. Departmental EPSRC Doctoral Training Grants
    This is the most common source of PhD funding for UK and EU students.
    Funding: Fees (at Home/EU rate) as well as an annual stipend (for 2013/4 this was £13,726) for 3 years.
    Deadline: February 27th 2015.
    Eligibility: Full funding for UK students or fees-only funding for EU students. For further information see the EPSRC website.
  2. University Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS)
    This is a highly competitive scholarship based on academic merit and financial need. To present the strongest case, candidates will have excellent bachelors/masters marks and ideally will have already published one or more academic paper.
    Funding: Full overseas tuition fee and a stipend of £5,000 per year for each year of successful study
    Deadline: 30th April 2015. To apply a PhD offer is required, so you need to make a PhD application by early April at the latest.
    Eligibility: Overseas (i.e. non-EU) students.
  3. Department Overseas Research Scholarship (DORS)
    This is a CS department scheme which is less competitive than ORS, but is also less valuable.
    Funding: the award covers the difference between home/EU student and international student PhD fees. See fees and funding for the exact values.
    Deadline: Submit your application for PhD study as early as possible and preferably before end of June. Any candidate for a PhD in computer science who states they need funding will be automatically considered for DORS.
    Eligibility: Overseas (i.e. non-EU) students.

See also the CS department's page on research studentships.

Some of the text on this page was adapted with permission from Dr Will Smith.