4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
Are you interested in the nature of cognition, be it natural or artificial?
Our pioneering, interdisciplinary approach brings together faculty and research students from artificial intelligence, psychology, linguistics, neuroscience and philosophy – you’ll find Sussex a great place for your research in cognitive science.
Full-time and part-time study
You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us at email@example.com.
PhD or MPhil?
You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.
- An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
- A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Creative Technology
Our Creative Technology research is concerned with the interfaces between humans and digital technology and how these are changing.
We investigate interaction in the broadest sense, considering it in relation to digital technologies, connected physical artifacts, people’s experience and cognition, and their practices with mobile, immersive, ubiquitous and pervasive computing.
Dr Natalia Beloff
Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering
Research interests: Big Data Analytics, Business models for Digital innovation, E-Business Models, Internet of things, Medical Informatics, Numerical Analysis, Remote Sensing & Earth Observation
Prof Peter Cheng
Professor of Cognitive Sciences
Research interests: Cognitive Science, Human computer interaction, Knowledge visualisation / information visualisation / visual analystics, Tactile graphics - cognitive science of, User-authentication - cognitive biometric
Dr Judith Good
Reader in Informatics
Research interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Game Based Learning, Game Creation for Learning, Learning, Learning Programming, Mobile Computing, Multimedia, Simulations for Learning, technology for autism
Dr Kate Howland
Lecturer In Interaction Design
Research interests: End-user programming, Game Based Learning, Game Creation for Learning, Human computer interaction, Interaction design, Novice programming, Participatory Design, Technology Enhanced Learning
Dr Diego Martinez Plasencia
Lecturer in Interactive Graphics
Dr Gianluca Memoli
Research Fellow in Human-computer Interaction for Acoustic Levitation
Dr Paul Newbury
Senior Lecturer In Multimedia Systems
Research interests: Technology Enhanced Learning, Virtual Prototyping
Dr Marianna Obrist
Reader in Interaction Design
Research interests: Interaction design
Prof Sriram Subramanian
Professor of Informatics
Research interests: Display Devices, Haptic Technology, HCI - User Interaction, Music and Acoustic User Interfaces, Shape-memory Alloys
- Data Science
The Data Science Research Group addresses the challenges associated with deriving knowledge from large heterogeneous datasets – with a particular focus on machine learning and natural language processing.
Prof John Carroll
Professor of Computational Linguistics
Research interests: Computational Linguistics, Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Machine Learning (AI), Medical Informatics, Natural Language Processing
Dr Bill Keller
Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence
Research interests: Computational Linguistics, Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Linguistics, Machine Learning (AI), Natural Language Processing, Probabilistic Methods, Semantics And Pragmatics
Dr Novi Quadrianto
Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning
Research interests: Bayesian Methods, Computer Vision - Machine Learning, Ethical Machine Learning, Kernel Methods, Machine Learning (AI), Optimisation (AI), Probabilistic Methods, Time Series
Dr Julie Weeds
Lecturer in Computer Science
Research interests: Applied machine learning, Computational Linguistics, Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Data Science, Natural Language Processing, Semantics And Pragmatics
- Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems (EASy)
The EASy group has been internationally prominent since it was established in the early 1990s. It is concerned with the interfaces between the biological and computational sciences, particularly with reference to furthering understanding of brains and minds.
Dr Luc Berthouze
Reader in Informatics
Research interests: Biomedical Signal Processing, Computational Neuroscience, Developmental Robotics, EEG, EMG, Motor Control, Network Theory and Complexity, Neuronal network, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
Dr Ron Chrisley
Reader in Philosophy
Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Cognition, Cognitive Science, Consciousness, Language & Philosophical Logic, Logic, Philosophy, Philosophy Of Mind, Philosophy of Science & Mathematics, & Mathematical Logic, Robotics
Prof Phil Husbands
Research Professor Of Artificial Intelligence
Research interests: Adaptive Systems, Artificial Intelligence, artificial life, Bio-inspired Neural Computing, Bio-inspired Robotics, Complex System Design, Computational Neuroscience, Digital Art & Design, Evolutionary Computation, evolutionary robotics, History of Science/Medicine/Technology, Machine Learning (AI), Mobile Robots, Nervous system, Optimisation Problems, Systems neuroscience
Prof Thomas Nowotny
Professor Of Informatics
Research interests: Biomimetics, Chemical Sensing, Computational Neuroscience, Dynamic Clamp, Electronic Nose, GPU Computing, High Performance Computing, Insects, Ion channels, Machine Learning (AI), Neural networks, New Computing Paradigms, Olfaction, Robotics, Systems neuroscience
Dr Andy Philippides
Reader in Informatics
Research interests: computational biology, Computational Neuroscience, Computer Vision & Image Processing - Pattern Recognition, Evolutionary Computation, insect navigation, navigation, Robotics
Prof Anil Seth
Professor of Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience
Research interests: Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Consciousness, EEG, Neuroimaging, neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, Psychology, Time Series, Virtual Reality
Dr Chris Thornton
Lecturer in Computing Science
Research interests: Information Theory, Predictive Processing, Theoretical Cognitive Science
An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.
If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.
English language support
Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.
Additional information for international students
We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.
Visas and immigration
Scholarships and fees
How can I fund my course?
Postgraduate Masters Loan
MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
PhD studentship on Advanced Communication and Networking in Connected Vehicles (2017)
Postgraduate Research, £14,553 tax free stipend plus fees waiver.
21 July 2017
PhD Studentship: Engineering Ultra high power Plasmonic Sources for 6th Generation (6G) Terahertz Mobile Communications (2017)
£14,553 tax free stipend plus UK/EU fees waiver.
16 August 2017
STFC PhD Studentship: Novel Detectors for Astronomy and Nuclear Science (2017)
£18,928 tax free stipend plus UK/EU fees waiver.
26 June 2017
We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
Fees for self-funding students
Home: £4,195 per year
EU: £4,195 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year
Overseas: £18,750 per year
Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.