The School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences has an outstanding research record: our Fire Safety Engineering Group won the Queen's Anniversary prize in 2002 and the top award at the British Computer Society (BCS) IT Awards in 2001 for its EXODUS software.
The programme of study is flexible in the sense that students who wish to undertake doctoral studies normally first enrol on the MPhil degree. After completing the first year of the MPhil, the student's progress is reviewed and if considered satisfactory, the student may transfer onto the PhD for a further 2 to 3 years of research. Conversely, a student who does not wish to continue at this point may write up and submit the work to be considered for an MPhil degree.
Doctoral/MPhil students are usually provided with two supervisors who will guide them through their research. The supervisors are usually research staff from within CMS, although up to one supervisor may be appointed from another School or from outside the university.
The School has a number of research groups focusing on practical and important real-life problems. Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Thermal stress analysis
* Coupled structures and flow
* Electronic packaging
* Internet technologies
* Fire safety engineering, evacuation, human behaviour, pedestrian dynamics, CFD fire modelling, combustion, ventilation
* Parallel computing
* Continuum physics
* Algorithms and codes
* CFD modelling
* Computer science
* Artificial Intelligence (AI)
* Operations research
Wide range of career opportunities in industry, government and academia