Computer Science and Information Systems (MPhil / PhD)

Year of Entry


Start date

October 2016, January 2017 or April 2017


Fully Approved


Up to four years full-time or seven years part-time.


Regular meetings with your supervisor(s).

The research programme leads to either an MPhil or PhD degree. Both research degrees involve individual study of a specific research problem. To be awarded a PhD, your research work must result in a significant original contribution to the field of study (although this is not a requirement of the MPhil). You initially register for an MPhil degree, with transfer to PhD after satisfactorily completing an initial period of study and if it seems likely that your thesis will contain significant original work.

Students who successfully complete this MPhil or PhD degree will have gained expert knowledge in their chosen research area and the ability to perform research-led activities in a broader context. In addition, students who successfully complete the PhD degree will have gained the ability to identify and solve complex problems arising in their chosen research area, and will have made a substantial original contribution to this area.

Our research focuses on data science, theoretical computer science, algorithms, internet of things, data mining and machine learning, knowledge representation and reasoning, logic and artificial intelligence, semantic web technologies, search engines, mobile and ubiquitous computing, computer vision, bio-inspired computing and social networks.

Find out more about the research interests of current MPhil/PhD students in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the longest-established computing departments in the UK, having celebrated our 58th anniversary in 2015.
  • Our research dates back to the late 1940s when one of the first electronic computers was developed in the then Computing Laboratory at Birkbeck by Dr Andrew Booth. The Department was formally established in 1957 as the Department of Numerical Automation, one of the first computer science departments in the world.
  • Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • In the 2014 REF, more than 90% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised, placing us in the top 25% of computer science departments in the UK.
  • The Department provides a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.
  • Watch videos of our students discussing their experience of studying and researching at Birkbeck.
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