Computing Sciences Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MSc (Res), MPhil (Res)

The Graphics, Vision and Speech Laboratory addresses problems that range over analysis, recognition and generation of both images and speech. These technologies have common theoretical foundations, and are integrated in our research on lip-reading, audio-visual speech synthesis and avatars. Our laboratories are equipped with fast graphics computers, spectrometers, 3D displays, haptic devices, a soundproof recording booth and an eight camera video-based motion capture system. Recent notable successes include the development of the leading colour constancy and white balancing algorithms which have been implemented in a commercial camera and state-of-the-art lip-reading systems. The group has spun out companies in the areas of image processing for art, colour image processing and water leak detection.


The Computational Biology Laboratory focuses on research spanning the biological hierarchy, from genome through to ecosystem. The laboratory provides an interdisciplinary environment for research and education, specialising in the computational and mathematical sciences. Areas of research include biological pattern recognition, protein structure, imaging, RNA bioinformatics, growth and development, phylogenetics, medical bioinformatics and systems biology. In addition to carrying out internationally-leading research with national and international partners, the laboratory has strong links with the School of Biological Sciences, the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, The Genome Analysis Centre and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. 

The Machine Learning and Statistics Laboratory combines researchers from machine learning, data mining, statistics and software engineering. Members are developing analysis approaches for “Big Data” processing, linkage, model selection and analysis, aimed at large and complex social and health databases and real-time data. They also analyse real time and historical data to support software development. The work is funded by ESRC as part of the Local Government and Business Big Data Research Centre. This partnership, led by the University of Essex with UEA and the University of Kent, will place the three universities at the forefront of the UK’s Big Data network. The group also has a long-standing collaboration with Aviva. The group is also funded by the EPSRC to conduct research into time series classification. Algorithms they have recently developed are currently the best known in the world at this particular task and are being applied in collaboration with the Institute of Food Research, Imperial College and the Vermont Energy Corporation to a range of real-world problems, with the potential for genuine societal and economic impact. 

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Course Modules 2017/8

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.    


How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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