MPhil & PhD in Computer Science

Our MPhil/PhD programme in computer science offers you the opportunity to participate fully in the highly interdisciplinary research environment of our department and of the College as a whole.

We aim for all our students to produce innovative ideas and to develop those ideas into fully-fledged research results and software and hardware systems, working within the creative atmosphere of our department.

About the department

3 years full-time or 4-6 years part-time.
If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline. Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants.

Find out about our involvement in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence, which will see us offering PhD studentships over the next few years.

AHRC studentships

See our tuition fees.
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Contact Professor Robert Zimmer
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We currently offer MPhil/PhD supervision in many areas of computing, including:

  • computational creativity
  • computer vision and audition
  • interactions between art, media and technology
  • adaptive hypermedia systems
  • artificial intelligence

We welcome outstanding applications to study and perform research in any aspect of computer science, and strongly encourage you to contact members of staff with overlapping research interests to discuss your research proposal in the first instance; if you are unsure who to talk to, please contact the Postgraduate Tutor with a description of your interests.

We provide you with office space and computer equipment along with access to computer labs and other facilities, in addition to resources and facilities made available by the College Graduate School and support provided by the Research Office.

The department and the College provide training in research methods and in technical skills; we have a number of regular research meetings and seminars, from formal lectures to more informal workshops and discussion groups, and you are encouraged to present your work to the department at least once a year. There are also opportunities for you to participate in the teaching activities of the department. 

Find out more about our research degrees, including information about starting your research, upgrading to PhD registration, and submitting your thesis.


Written thesis (up to 100,000 words) and viva voce examination.

Application procedure and requirements

You can apply directly to Goldsmiths via the website by clicking the ‘apply now’ button on the main programme page.

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have: 

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments;
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference;
  • Contact details of a second referee;
  • A personal statement. This can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online;
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory);
  • Details of your research proposal.

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

Before you apply for a research programme, we advise you to get in touch with the programme contact, Professor Robert Zimmer. It may also be possible to arrange an advisory meeting.

Before you start at Goldsmiths, the actual topic of your research has to be agreed with your proposed supervisor, who will be a member of staff active in your general field of research. The choice of topic may be influenced by the current research in the department or the requirements of an external funding body. 

If you wish to study on a part-time basis, you should also indicate how many hours a week you intend to devote to research, whether this will be at evenings or weekends, and for how many hours each day.

Research proposals 

Along with your application and academic reference, you should also upload a research proposal at the point of application. 

This should be in the form of a statement of the proposed area of research and should include: 

  • delineation of the research topic;
  • why it has been chosen;
  • an initial hypothesis (if applicable);
  • a brief list of major secondary sources.

When to apply 

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

If you're applying for external funding from one of the Research Councils, make sure you submit your application no later than 31 January.

Selection process 

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Entrance requirements 

You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. 

We also accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications, which can be found on our country-specific pages. If you'd like more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

English language 

If your first language isn't English, you need to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enrol on our programmes. 

Please check our English language requirements for more information.

Find out more about applying 

Contact us 

Get in touch via our online form 

+44 (0)20 7919 7766 

International (non-EU)
+44 (0)20 7919 7702

Staff research interests (Computing)

Stochastic diffusion processes, new agent-based approach to search and optimisation, cybernetic approaches to artificial intelligence, the philosophy of artificial intelligence.
Dr Mark Bishop BSc PhD (Reader)

Artificial intelligence, algorithms inspired from natural systems, live algorithms in music performance, digital creativity, swarm intelligence, evolutionary computation, global optimisation.
Dr Tim Blackwell BSc MSc DPhil

Signal processing (audio/speech/music), machine learning/pattern recognition, generalised sound recognition, applications of MPEG-7, multimedia descriptions, real-time music performance systems, generative music systems, and music structure analysis.
Professor Michael Casey BA MA PhD

Modelling, program transformation, program slicing, programming language semantics, declarative languages, music notation processing, object-orientation, formal methods and Java.
Dr Sebastian Danicic BSc MSc PhD

Computer graphics, image display, visual perception, archaeological computing – visualisation and representation.
Dr Kate Devlin BA MSc PhD

The theory and application of intelligent agent systems – biological modelling, art and design. Current projects include the modelling of stem cells, online electronic institutions for e-commerce, smart devices for energy conservation, and the interactive analysis of musical composition and performance.
Professor Mark d’Inverno MA MSc PhD

Interactive and end-user machine learning, technologies for computer music performance and composition, real-time analysis of gesture and audio, embodied interaction, laptop and mobile music, interactive technologies for the digital humanities.
Dr Rebecca Fiebrink BSc BA MA PhD

Interactive virtual characters for social virtual environment and games. Computer animation with a focus on motion capture and data driven animation. Expressive non-verbal communication for virtual characters.
Dr Marco Gillies MA PhD

Cognition and perception, computer-aided audiovisual art and composition, signal processing and segmentation, brain-computer interfaces (EEG), information retrieval, gaming, live electronics, accessibility, experimental electronic improvisation, live cinema, sound and cinema, avant-garde and experimental cinema.
Dr Mick Grierson BA PhD

Artificial intelligence, formal and computational semantics of natural language, natural language generation and theories of rational agency.
Dr Rodger Kibble BA MA MSc PhD

Artist, writer and curator with particular research interests in digital art and sound. Current research investigates the relationship between text, textiles and technology as well as access to cultural artifacts through haptic devices.
Professor Janis Jefferies BA MFA

A designer of computer games, a computer artist and entrepreneur. Expertise in evolutionary art, graphics, generative art, genetics, and the entertainment and video games industries.
Professor William Latham BA MA

Three-dimensional shape representation in computer vision and perception, computational geometry, architectural information systems, information visualisation and arts computing in general.
Professor Frédéric Fol Leymarie BEng MEng PhD

Evolutionary computation, genetic algorithms and genetic programming, neural networks, biocomputation, machine learning, applications to time-series prediction, financial engineering and data mining.
Dr Nikolai Nikolaev BSc MSc PhD

Adaptive and personalisable hypermedia, hypertext telecommunications systems and e-commerce, user interface design and web-based database systems.
Dr James Ohene-Djan BSc MSc PhD

Digital art and media, art-science collaboration, interdisciplinary research.
Professor Jane Prophet BA MA PhD

Probabilistic and average case algorithms, data structures, networks and communications and complexity theory.
Dr Ida Pu BSc PhD

Statistical modelling and inference, music analysis and representation, user interfaces and language design and implementation.
Dr Christophe Rhodes MA PhD

One of the leading UK artists working at the cutting edge of computer technology. He is founder of the Greyworld movement which has a rich track record of creating innovative artworks in public spaces.
Professor Andrew Shoben ARBS

Soft computing and uncertainty modelling, data science, big data management and analytics, data mining and machine learning, computational statistics
Dr Daniel Stamate MSc PhD

Artificial intelligence, knowledge-based systems, knowledge representations, ontologies, the semantic web, applications of artificial intelligence to design, tutoring and the cultural sector including museums and interactive TV.
Dr Marian Ursu DipIng PhD

Artificial intelligence, theorem proving with applications to hardware and software design and verification, safety-critical systems, humanities computing, and digital multimedia with applications.
Professor Robert Zimmer MA MPhil PhD

Staff in the Department of Computing


ABTAN, Dr Freida
Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab Assistant, Research Student

BARTH, Dr Jennifer

BISHOP, Prof Mark
Professor of Cognitive Computing

Senior Lecturer

BROWNE, Dr Cameron

CARAMIAUX, Dr Baptiste

CASEY, Prof Michael
Visiting Professor


COLTON, Prof Simon

COOK, Michael

COOPER, Dr Maggie
Programme Director, International Programmes

CRAFT, Dr Brock

Research Fellow

DANICIC, Dr Sebastian


D'INVERNO, Prof Mark
Professor of Computer Science


FARRAHI, Dr Katayoun

FIEBRINK, Dr Rebecca


FOL LEYMARIE, Prof Frederic
Professor of Computer Science

FRANTZIS, Mr Michael
Research Fellow
Deputy Course Director, International Programmes


Senior Lecturer

GOW, Dr Jeremy

Senior Lecturer

Systems Development and Support Officer

Department Business Manager


HODGSON, Mrs Karen
Department Facilities Coordinator

Professor of Art

Research Group Administrator (Computational Creativity)

KIBBLE, Dr Rodger

KIEFER, Dr Chris

LATHAM, Prof William
Professor of Computer Art

LEWIS, Mr David
Research Assistant

LEWIS, Mr Richard


MARTIN, Mr Eamonn
Systems Administrator

Department Business Manager


NIKOLAEV, Dr Nikolay

Course Officer, International Programmes

Senior Lecturer

OUARBYA, Dr Lahcen

PACHET, Prof Francois

PROPHET, Prof Jane
Professor of Interdisciplinary Research

PU, Dr Ida

RHODES, Dr Christophe

SEALE, Ms Isabelle
Department Secretary

SHOBEN, Prof Andrew
Professor of Public Art

STAMATE, Dr Daniel

TANAKA, Prof Atau
Professor of Media Computing

TARR, Philip
Honorary Research Fellow


URSU, Prof Marian

YEE-KING, Dr Matthew

ZIMMER, Prof Robert
Professor (Head of Department)

Research Assistant

Student and Graduate profiles

Mohammad, Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths and King's College London

PhD Computer Science, graduated 2012

"My trajectory at Goldsmiths has been really interesting – from starting with an undergraduate degree through the International Programme, I did a PhD and ended up exhibiting some of the resulting research in the House of Commons!"

My background is in computing, craftsmanship and journalism, and my artistic interests focus on the inter-connections between artificial intelligence, swarm intelligence, robotics and digital art. 

The multidisciplinary nature of Goldsmiths paved the way for me to pursue the three distinct, yet interconnected, fields of optimisation (empirical and theoretical), arts and philosophy (within the field of visualisation and computational creativity) and biomedical computation (identifying traces of metastasis in bone scans and calcifications mammographs using ants intelligence) which ended up being exhibited at an event in the House of Commons.

When I think of it, it seems like an interesting trajectory that one would start from doing an undergraduate degree through the International Programme (via Goldsmiths) which led to a PhD and all the way to exhibiting some of the resulting research in the House of Commons in the Parliament for MPs and politicians.

I won many 'best project' and 'best paper' awards and I owe a significant part of this to Goldsmiths and my supervisors. Along the way, I also supervised a student (in robotic projects) who graduated with First Class Honours and is now in full-time employment in London. I could conformably say that, Goldsmiths and my work there gave me a sense of achievement.


PhD Computer Science, graduated 2013

"The best thing about Goldsmiths is the people"

I originally chose Goldsmiths after I had visited the university on an open day - I immediately liked the university and it became my first choice in my UCAS application.

I have enjoyed my time at Goldsmiths studying for the PhD. My supervisor has been brilliant and I have benefited greatly from his broad knowledge. It was difficult at first to find a subject to focus on for my thesis but eventually the topic of my thesis came about naturally during my early research into various areas in software protection.

The best thing about Goldsmiths is the people - I have met many great people and have been taught by many talented lecturers.

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