PhD studentsThe Systems and Networks Research Group invites applications for the PhD programme from computer science graduates with the ambition to shape the future of networked computer systems. Admission is highly competitive. We take on roughly four or five PhD students each year.
How to apply.If you want to apply for a PhD, you should first read through the research interests of the faculty, and contact the researcher whose interests match yours. Don't expect much response from a general query; you are much more likely to impress if you show that you have read about our interests and thought about a research topic. The next step is for you to follow the standard UCL application procedure.
Funding.There are various schemes to make funding available for highly talented and motivated students, regardless of their country of origin.
- UCL operates a scheme of Overseas Research Scholarships, and awards approximately 40 each year. You must have made a formal application to the PhD program before you can apply for an ORS.
- The UK–China Scholarships for Excellence scheme is for students from China
- The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards are for students from developing countries
- The Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship Plan offers a number of opportunities for students from Commonwealth countries
- UCL maintains a list of assorted other funding opportunities available to overseas students, including students from China, USA, Thailand, Egypt, Nigeria and Columbia
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- UK students, and EU students who completed their degree at a UK university, are usually eligible to apply for funding (both tuition fees and maintenance) through a Doctoral Training Centre. EU students who completed their degree outside the UK are usually eligible to apply (though for tuition fees only, not maintenance). The relevant centres for the networks research group are Photonics, Security, and Financial Computing
- Funding may be available for PhD students for a specific project, if that project has already been awarded research funding. The relevant faculty member can tell you of any opportunities.
A research associate is a researcher who is usually appointed on a fixed-term contact typically ranging from a year to three years. We have both graduate and postdoctoral research associates, and a number of our graduate research fellows are registered for part-time PhDs.