Information Systems and Computing at Brunel is one of the largest centres for research in this field in Europe and has strength both in depth and breadth with around 70 research-active members of staff including ten professors covering a wide range of areas. Members of the School have published extensively in refereed journals, conference papers and books, and obtained 5 in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The School has achieved substantial support from the Research Councils, the European Union and other sources, with grants totalling around £7 million.
The School's strong research culture is epitomised by its very successful PhD programme, and there are currently over 150 research students, both full-time and part-time, registered for PhD and MPhil degrees. Students are generally attached to, and undertake research closely allied with, one of the School's research themes.
Our commitment to research is reflected by the significant number of PhD bursaries offered and by our investment in research infrastructure, including computer equipment and software. PhD students also benefit from a strong programme element which includes a Research Methods course targeted at both IS and computing areas as well as modules provided by the Graduate School. In addition students can participate in modules from our various MSc courses. The School organises a regular conference for PhD students and they are also encouraged to attend national and international conferences and to develop and disseminate their research via conferences and journal papers. The School has a Research Board, led by a Director of Research who is responsible, with individual supervisors, for supporting research students through the development, management and appraisal of their work.
We have excellent links with industry, commerce and the public sector, and many of the projects that postgraduate students undertake are carried out in collaboration with such organisations.Excellent Facilities
Information Systems and Computing students are located mainly in the St John's building. They have access to a wide range of research facilities that are maintained and supported by the School in addition to the facilities provided by the University's Computer Centre. Facilities include a separate Master's Lab and access to further labs with a minimum of 120 PCs. All PhD students are provided with a laptop for the duration of their course.
This programme aims to educate graduates not only to the high academic standards expected from PhD research but also in generic personal, business and communication skills. Because it extends the usual PhD from three to four years, it develops an integrated range of skills and knowledge that both broaden and deepen the individual's subject expertise beyond the bounds of the usual research degree.Usual entry requirements
A good first degree or a Master's degree.