Postgraduate Research/Doctorate PhD/MPhil

Informatics Postgraduate Research

School of Science, Engineering and Environment


Blended Delivery




One year

Two year

Three year

Five year

Next enrolment

May 2024


In a nutshell

The Informatics Research Centre at the University of Salford builds on the history, success and achievements of the research in Computer Science and Information Systems developed over the past thirty years. Evolving around data and information in all their types and usages, the Centre covers all phases and processes from data pre-processing to engineering and visualisation.

Research at Salford is developing novel methods and systems for the analysis and recognition of various data sets, learning behaviours and causal models. The techniques and systems developed have a wide range of potential applications including digitisation of historical documents, medical diagnosis, semantic tagging, segmentation of types of viewers and their behaviours, text mining and retrieval and data visualisation.

A research degrees offers you the flexibility to carry out your own research project under direct supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study towards a Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Professional Doctorate (DProf) or MSc by Research.

Current research topics include: 

  • Actionable Knowledge Discovery and Semantic Web
  • Software engineering and applications
  • Big data, data mining and analytics
  • Image and document processing and analysis
  • Cyber security and forensics
  • Information visualisation and virtual environments

You will:

  • Research a broad range of fields in data and computer science, including data engineering, cyber security, visualisation and digitisation
  • Undertake research around an area from your own profession and develop solutions that can be implemented in the workplace
  • Earn a doctorate-level degree to take you further in your current career or provide a gateway into a research career

students accepted

Course details

All about the course

Informatics postgraduate research is available in a range of pathways:

Master by Research (MSc)
One year full-time
Two years part-time

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
One year full-time
Two years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Three years full-time
Five years part-time

Our research students have access to a wide range of supervisory expertise, training and excellent facilities. The research training you receive will be tailored to your particular needs, which your supervisory team will discuss with you once you join the programme.

Further Information

Find out more about postgraduate research opportunities in the Informatics Research Centre.



What you need to know


A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a numerate subject such as Engineering, Science, Mathematics or Computer Science. You should be able to demonstrate the use of structured programming languages.

International students will require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent English Language Qualification.


You should have a first degree that provides a foundation in the areas of computer science or engineering. Candidates with a Bachelors and a Masters degree in one of the following areas will be preferred: robotics, mechatronics, automation and control, embedded systems, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Experience of experimental research involving statistical analyses of experimental results on the basis of measuring system performance is preferable but is not essential.  

You will be assigned a supervisory team to help guide and mentor you throughout your postgraduate research and studies. However, you are ultimately expected to take responsibility for managing your learning and will be expected to initiate discussions, ask for the help that you need, and be proactive in your approach to study.  

All students must attend an interview.


International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You might need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:

What qualifications do I need?

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a numerate subject such as Engineering, Science, Mathematics or Computer Science. You should be able to demonstrate the use of structured programming languages.

How much?

As a postgraduate research student, you will need to pay annual tuition fees. These vary according to the programme you are studying. Both we and other organisations offer a range of scholarships and discounts to postgraduate research students.

More information about fees and funding

Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on residential travel and accommodation visits.

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Enrolment dates

May 2024

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