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The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering supports a wide range of multidisciplinary, high-quality research work and shares with the rest of the University an emphasis on strategic applicable research, while at the same time encouraging research into the disciplines which underpin mathematics, computer science, and cognate areas.

The School has created an environment for consolidating research effort and accelerating its growth by establishing a dedicated and technologically advanced laboratory, namely, the Intelligent and Distributed Systems (IDS) laboratory; creating PhD bursaries for outstanding postgraduate students with demonstrated research potential; and investing in support for staff and PGR research.

The School brings together multi-disciplinary research interests and substantial experiences and expertise in the field of Computer Science and Informatics and aims to facilitate research endeavour into Intelligent Systems, Theoretical Computer Science, Applied Mathematical Analysis, Computer Simulation and Modelling, Communication Systems and Networks, Data Engineering, Operations Research, Bioinformatics, Software Engineering, Human Computer Interactions (HCI), and Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW).

Research Excellence Framework 2014

The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 have now been published. Of the research assessed in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, we are proud to have achieved 5th place for Research Intensity metric in Computer Science and Informatics Unit of Assessment in the North-West, in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF); and 100% of our research outputs have been rated internationally excellent or internationally significant. As a highly research active School, with particular expertise in the area of ‘Computational Mathematics’, 87.5% of the staff contributed to the REF 2014 assessment exercise.

We have been consistently highly rated (92% and above) in our NSS score for overall student satisfaction. Our research expertise and world-leading academics in the School is important to us for the quality of our teaching and the student focused approach that we provide for enhancing the learning experience and environment for imparting education to our graduates and researchers.

The University’s results are published on the University REF 2014 website.

PhD opportunities

Applications are invited from candidates with proven competence, abilities to carry out research, aspiring for a research degree in the areas cognate to Computer Science and Informatics.

For further information on application procedure, and to discuss your research synopsis, please contact Professor Atulya K. Nagar with a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) and a proposed research plan.


Professor Atulya Nagar, Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Dean of Faculty of Science,

Head of School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering

T:+44 (0)151 291 3930



If you are interested in finding out more about student research opportunities or applying for MPhil/PhD in any of the above areas please visit our Postgraduate Study section.

Research Seminar Programme

Date/TimeSpeakerVenueAffiliationResearch Title/Area

Thursday 31st January 2019

3 - 4pm

Dr Philip B Charlesworth EDEN105

Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University

(Retired Senior Expert Airbus Group Innovations)

Modelling Solar-Electric Aircraft

Thursday 21st February 2019

3 - 4pm

Dr Gurvinder Singh-Baicher EDEN102 Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University Genetic Algorithms (GAs) as an Optimisation Tool in Communication Engineering