What are the benefits of the four year PhD course?
The EPSRC's aims for the four-year programmes that they launched in 2009 is that they represent
the state of the art in doctoral training. The first year allows you time to explore possible research
topics and to learn valuable skills – in a regular PhD there is much less time to devote to this.
Throughout the programme there are opportunities to engage
with academics from other domains, industry, to develop important transferable
skills and to take part in cohort-wide activities such as the
annual NGCM Summer Academy.
I already have a Masters – can I skip the taught component and make a start with the research straight away?
We are happy to take on students who already have an MSc. However, the PhD programme is four years (1st year taught + 3 years research) for every student. We can tailor the taught year to avoid duplication of topics you may have mastered already.
What is the programming primer?
The programming primer is a short course of about 35 contact hours to provide a common foundation in
programming. We will use Python as the language we teach, and the course will be delivered at the start of the academic year.
What is a secondment?
A secondment involves time spent in an industrial (or perhaps another academic) research lab.
Where closely aligned, the secondment project can contribute directly to your PhD. Alternatively,
it is also possible to 'stop the clock' on your PhD to allow time to be spent on a project that is
independent or protected by different IP arrangement.
Secondments may be available with some of our industrial and commercial partners.
Will I be awarded two qualifications upon completion of the full programme?
No. If you successfully graduate from the 4-year programme, you will be awarded a PhD in Computational Modelling.
Can I enrol for just the taught component to receive a different qualification?
We are not currently offering a one-year MSc programme in
computational modelling, but do let us know if this is something
you are interested in.
Can I enrol on a PhD in NGCM as a part-time student?
Since the taught component is delivered to each cohort as a full-time activity, it is not
currently possible to take the course part-time.
What kind of career would the programme prepare me for?
The PhD programme prepares graduates for a research career in academia or industry.
It also encourages interdisciplinary thinking, and the analytical skills developed during a PhD in computational modelling are relevant to the design, analysis, control, and management of large systems across many domains, from
industrial engineering to ecosystems services, and from IT, to the financial and even entertainment sectors. The
diversity of commercial interests is illustrated by our industrial and governmental partners .
Which industrial and governmental organisations are partnered with the Centre?
A broad range of industrial and academic partners are listed on our partners page.
Where can I find more information about postgraduate study at the University of Southampton?
A large amount of information is collected on the postgraduate study
website, including details of accommodation, fees, funding, and life on campus, and more.
I have other questions - who can I ask?
Please contact the manager in the first instance. See the Contact page for details.