University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Computer Science

Research areas include: Machine learning; shape representation; nature-inspired computing; knowledge representation and ontology; optimisation. The department houses multidisciplinary teams who are tackling a wide range of important and exciting research problems. The department builds on Exeter's international reputation for computer science activities, especially within areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and hydroinformatics. The department brings together computer scientists and mathematicians working on a variety of modern-day, interdisciplinary topics including problems of knowledge representation, machine learning, optimisation, image and signal processing. In the area of machine learning, pattern analysis and statistical computation, which incorporates close collaboration with the mathematical sciences, we research a range of techniques for learning from data, including statistical and nature-inspired methods. Current and recent projects in this area have focused around application areas ranging from bio-medical imaging, face and speech recognition to air-traffic control and safety-critical software design. A strong research theme in this area is shape-based computer vision and image processing, particularly for image retrieval and object classification. Research on optimisation methods focuses on techniques for evolutionary optimisation, particularly multi-objective optimisation. This work is currently being exploited in areas such as hydroinformatics, credit-card fraud detections, mobile phone network turning and bioinformatics problems. Closely related to these is research into biologically inspired algorithms, such as neural networks, swarm intelligence and artificial life, together with applications to bioinformatics. Artificial intelligence research interests focus on spatial and temporal knowledge representation, with applications to geographical information science, and on the philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence and computer science. In the area of hydroinformatics we are mainly concerned with the design and multi-objective optimisation of water distribution and related networks using iterative learning algorithms and neural networks; genetic algorithms; water systems. This is supported by EPSRC, EU and British Council contracts. The work involves collaboration with numerous UK and EU universities and industrial companies.

Entry requirements

Normally students will have a good UK Honours degree (2.1 Honours or international equivalent) and in some cases a Master's degree. International students need to satisfy our English language entry requirements.

Sponsorship information

The University of Exeter offers over a hundred PhD studentships annually. The majority are advertised in the Winter/Spring for entry the following September. For information on how to fund your research degree, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MPhil Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MPhil Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Full-time January 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MPhil Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MPhil Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MPhil Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MPhil Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MPhil Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Full-time April 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MPhil Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
MPhil Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
MPhil Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
MPhil Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time January 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc (Res) Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time April 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time April 2017 GBP 4,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc (Res) Part-time April 2017 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

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