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Computer Science at Royal Holloway is one of the world's leading centres of research in various areas of theoretical and applied computer science.

The department produces extremely high-quality research, as demonstrated by our high ratings in Research Assessment Exercises (RAE) / Research Excellence Frameworks (REF), where we ranked 11th in the UK among more than 80 computer science departments for the quality of our research outputs.

Collaborative research is carried out in many different fields, from finance to the analysis of movie scripts, from computational simulations of epidemics to foundational aspects of probability and logic.

Research environment

Research students enjoy a very lively research culture and are fully involved in the research activities of the Department (and share their successes). Many of them present papers at international conferences, with financial support from the Department. They organise their own 'cakes' talks series to provide an informal environment for describing their research and practising presentation skills.

A Postgraduate Colloquium is held annually: all second and third-year research students give 15-minute talks to present the results of their research achieved during the year to members of staff from different research groups, fellow research students, and external guests; first-year students give a poster presentation.


Each research student decides, with their supervisor, a programme of research training for the year. In addition to department-led activities, the University makes available a variety of other training opportunities.

Teaching assistantships are available, which are a good way of earning experience in teaching. Teaching assistants follow the inSTIL training programme and automatically qualify for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy after successful completion. This is a direct benefit to those who wish to make careers in the university sector in the UK and abroad.

Study Options

You can enroll for a three-year research programme leading to an MPhil/PhD. Full-time study is recommended for this option, which may be commenced at any time during the academic year (normally at the beginning of a term), but part-time study is also possible, especially if you are employed.

Alternatively, we offer an one-year MSc by Research (Computer Science), which is not a taught programme, but rather a mini-PhD, with a project forming the largest part of the degree.

For further information, contact our Admissions Team.



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