PhD Computer Science and Software Engineering

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Overview

The three-year PhD programme within the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering gives suitably-qualified students the chance to address important problems and challenges in computing.

The programme:

  • develops your understanding of the research process and your ability to analyse and constructively augment a particular research area
  • provides you with experience of communicating research results in written and oral form
  • equips you with advanced knowledge and research skills that are relevant to both academia and industry.

We provide high-calibre, discipline-specific training that takes advantage of XJTLU's distinctive international features and vibrant research environment.

The programme is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool, and is based at XJTLU. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by the UK’s Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education.

Students on this programme are formally registered with the University of Liverpool as off-site postgraduate research students. You will carry out research on XJTLU premises under the supervision of the supervisory team.

As a PhD student you will be appointed a designated primary (local) supervisor at XJTLU, who is a full-time member of academic staff. In addition, you will also have a designated secondary supervisor based at the University of Liverpool.

The normal length of full-time PhD programme is three years. At the end of three years’ full-time study, you can apply for an extension of one year to complete the writing of your dissertation. Part-time PhD degrees usually take four to seven years.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months. Your accommodation and travel fees will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool.

Full-time PhD students are funded to attend local and international conferences during their studies.

Key benefits of PhD study at XJTLU:

  • Our PhD programme equips you with a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Our supervisors will guide you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills.

Fees

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarship options for PhD candidates, including tuition-only scholarships for full-time PhD study and an academic merit scholarship for international students. Please see our scholarships page for more information.

Additionally, specific funded PhD projects are available that have a scholarship covering the tuition fee and a monthly stipend. Please visit scholarships for specific financial information. The Department has the following funded PhD projects available (this list is updated in January and July every year):

Title of PhD project Reference number Status Supervisor
Middleware Support for Dynamic Sensing Applications
RDF-14-03-12 Open Dr Ka Lok Man [email protected]
System Design, Analysis and Optimization of Li-Fi based Energy Harvesting Embedded Systems for “Internet of Things” Applications
RDF-14-02-32 Open Dr Ka Lok Man [email protected]
Massively Scalable Sensing-as-a-Service: The Tangible Cloud
RDF-15-01-01 Open Dr Ka Lok Man [email protected]
Secure Localization in Wireless Networks
RDF-14-02-45 Open Dr Dawei Liu [email protected]
Gaming Interfaces for the Ageing Population RDF-15-02-12 Open Dr Hai-Ning Liang [email protected]
A Multi-agent Model for Big Data Analytics RDF-15-02-35 Open Dr Gangmin Li [email protected]
Software-Defined Distributed Energy System RDF-15-02-46 Open Dr Xin Huang [email protected]

Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of academic qualifications for entry onto our PhD programme. Please see our entry requirements for additional information.

How to apply

All applications for a PhD programme should start with you emailing potential supervisors about either a specific funded project or about your idea for a self-funded project.

They can help you with the next stages of the application process and you can also find out more information on our how to apply section.