Research degrees

Funded PhD projects available for the brightest and best students from around the world

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Research degrees

Our reputation

Over 85% of our research was rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'

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Our reputation

Research facilities

We have a wide range of facilities to support our teaching and research

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Research and innovation

Our research ranges, from fundamental advances in algorithms and our understanding of computation, through to highly applied research into new display technologies for clinical diagnosis, energy-efficient data centres, and profound insight into data through visualisation.

We have an established reputation for delivering high quality research with over 85% of research activity rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We attract grants from UK Research Councils, government departments, the European Union and many industrial sources.

The School is home to a large community of committed and passionate research staff and students, accessing a range of facilities and working within dedicated research laboratories.

Collaborative links

We collaborate widely with industry (including, Shell, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, and Google), have many joint projects with one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust), and have excellent connections with other leading researchers throughout the world.

We also have strong collaborative links with the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics and the EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems.

Our research

Our current research is carried out within the following research groups, that are led by staff who are internationally recognised leaders in their field.

We have pioneered a broader ‘cognitive’ approach to computer vision, integrating ideas from machine learning and artificial intelligence and developing new applications in security, entertainment and other domains.
Director: Professor Tony Cohn

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This research covers both applications in Biology, Medicine and Health, and corresponding fundamental advances in computing.
Director: Professor Netta Cohn

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The discipline of algorithms and complexity theory attempts to categorise computational problems according to the efficiency with which they might be solved in the large scale.
Director: Professor Kristina Vuskovic

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We explore emerging issues regarding the performance of infrastructure and systems in the generation of distributed/internet computing.
Director: Professor Jie Xu

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We embed fundamental developments in algorithms and cutting edge computational modelling within a framework that is guided by end-user pull.
Director: Dr Hamish Carr

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Research degrees

We are interested in the brightest and the best students from anywhere in the world to join our research teams. We have a number of funded PhD projects and scholarships available. If you are interested in undertaking a four year integrated PhD we have places available in our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics.

Knowledge transfer

To broaden our channels of knowledge transfer to industry and public sector organisations we founded the Yorkshire Computing Network. Through this Network we welcome the cross-transfer of knowledge and information sharing. We also host community-building meetings.

Every week we run a Research Colloquium with speakers from within the School, other departments at the University and external organisations. Additionally, our Research Themes run research meetings and seminars focused on specific topics, again featuring speakers from the School, other departments and external organisations.