The PhD in Computer Science and Software Engineering develops your understanding of the research process and your ability to analyse and constructively augment a particular research area. It provides you with experience in communicating research results in both written and oral forms and equips you with advanced knowledge and research skills relevant to both academia and industry.
We provide high-calibre, discipline-specific training that takes advantage of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University’s distinctive international features and vibrant research environment.
The programme, based at XJTLU, is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a University of Liverpool-issued degree, which is recognised by China’s Ministry of Education.
Students enrolled in this programme are registered with the University of Liverpool as off-site postgraduate research students. You will carry out research on XJTLU premises under the guidance of a supervisory team.
You will be appointed a designated primary (local) supervisor at XJTLU who is a full-time member of academic staff. In addition, you will have a designated secondary supervisor based at the University of Liverpool.
Pursuing a full-time PhD typically involves three years of conducting research and one year of writing a thesis, supported by subject-specific and generic skills training and development. A full-time PhD student must submit a thesis within four years. A part-time PhD student must submit it in six years. As a registered full-time PhD student, you will have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to six months. Your accommodation and travel fees would be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool.
XJTLU provides every registered PhD student with conference funds of up to 16,500 RMB over the course of study at XJTLU. The purpose of this fund is to support students’ academic experience, encourage the dissemination of research, and enhance XJTLU’s research profile nationally and internationally.
The main research areas for the PhD in Computer Science and Software Engineering include the following:
Find out potential supervisors from Department of Communications and Networking.
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The scholarship application is open only to those applying for full-time doctoral programmes.
1) Apply for a scholarship for a funded PhD project
One option is to apply for an existing PhD project that has received funds from the University or external funding bodies. The research topic and supervisory team for these projects have already been established.
There is no specific application deadline for a project, as it will remain open until the position is filled. The start date of a PhD programme is usually the first day of March, June, September, or December. You can visit the Postgraduate Research Scholarships Page for information about the specific PhD projects available or to contact potential supervisors to discuss funding opportunities.
2) Apply for a postgraduate research scholarship with your own project
You can also apply for a scholarship with your own project. With this option, there will be two application rounds each academic year:
|Application Rounds||Application deadline||Release of results|
|First Round||17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October||End of December|
|Second Round||17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April||Early July|