Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

How to apply for a PhD

We would like to encourage you to make your application to us on-line, that way you will receive email confirmation and status updates tracking the progress of your application to a decision.  You can apply on-line from the following University page: How to apply for postgraduate study. Please make sure you carefully read the notes for guidance which will assist you with completion of your application. If you are unable to download the relevant information then please email fpas-phdapply@soton.ac.uk and we will post an admissions pack to you.

You must include with your application evidence of prior achievement, for example, your awarding degree certificate and a transcript of marks or, if you have yet to complete your current studies, then please include a course transcript which covers the topics and grades achieved to date. We also ask for a resume/curriculum vitae, and a research interest which should detail why you wish to study with us, past areas you have worked in, and the area appealing to you.

On receipt of your application, the University’s Admissions Hub will send an acknowledgement of receipt (email) to you and provide you with an individual admissions reference number.

We welcome applications for research degrees from well qualified candidates. We offer a number of studentships which provide tuition fees and a generous maintenance allowance.

Meet our students: Nishardi De Silva

I started my journey in ECS as an undergraduate student in October 2000. After completing a BSc in Computer Science, I returned to start a PhD with Professor Peter Henderson. I researched and developed a software tool to assist teams of authors engage in narrative-based technical documentation; combining strands from very parallel research areas. It was unusual and exciting!

One of the greatest things about working in ECS is the support, motivation and guidance you can get. From the meetings with your supervisors, the weekly seminars, to chats over coffee, there are so many opportunities to discuss ideas, and share the hurdles and victories during a PhD: theses, vivas and publications.

After finishing my PhD thesis at the end of 2006, I started work in a large European project, OMII-Europe. The project is coordinated by ECS and deals with Grid middleware.

Nishardi De Silva, Researcher in OMII-UK.


English Language Requirements

EU and Overseas students applying for an MPhil/PhD degree should achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each competency. For information on this and other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.

If you are made an offer of a place, then please note that we require original documentation of any language score report in order to satisfy a language condition.

If you are unable to meet our language entry requirement then pre-sessional English courses of six or ten week duration may be available in the University’s Centre for Language Study. We would advise you of these courses and the costs associated as appropriate.

PhD Studentships

Details of current PhD studentships are advertised on the University’s job opportunities web page:

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Discount on postgraduate courses

10 per cent discount on postgraduate courses for University of Southampton final-year students and alumni.

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Contact Us

Postal Address
Postgraduate Admissions
School of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton,
SO17 1BJ.

PhD Admissions Telephone
+ 44(0) 23 80 59 3074

PhD Admissions Email

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