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Computing and Communications

Contact information

Type of addressPostal address
StreetLancaster University
Postal codeLA1 4WA
CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 (0) 1524 510302
  • Fax: +44 (0) 1524 510492

Organisation profile

The School of Computing and Communications is the home of Lancaster’s world-class research and teaching activities in computer science and communications systems. Currently the School comprises around 40 academic staff, 400+ students and around 120 researchers.


Our Research

The School of Computing and Communications is committed to conducting world-class research with high impact. We publish in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences, play major roles in the international research community, engage closely with industry and research users, and are active in developing new interdisciplinary research agendas.


Our research is recognized for its exceptional quality and international reputation. The UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008 found all of our research activity (100%) to be at least of international standing, and rated 80% of our research as world leading or internationally excellent. An International Review of UK Computer Science cited us as one of only a handful of centres undertaking "leading edge systems research".


The School’s research output spans five major sub-fields of our discipline: Communications and NetworkingComputer SystemsIntelligent SystemsSoftware Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction. We actively pursue research agendas that cut across traditional field boundaries to achieve transformative developments in several sub-fields simultaneously. Over the last 15 years, this has established Lancaster as a world-leading place for research on Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing. We also recognize the importance of Computing and Communications for tackling societal challenges in interdisciplinary research initiatives, and are building a strong reputation in Social Computing.


We are proud of our vibrant research culture in the School. Over 80 full-time academic and research staff and over 100 research students have been attracted to Lancaster from all over the world. Across all our activities, we share a strong engineering ethos in our research that emphasizes understanding of real-world challenges and development and experimental evaluation of systems.


Our research is supported by grants from the UK Research Councils, the European Commission and industrial sponsors. The total value of our current grants exceeds £12M. Our grant portfolio reflects our commitment to collaborative research, including on international scale. We attract more funding per staff for Computing and Communications research from Europe than any other University in the UK.



We were assessed at 24/24, 'excellent', in the most recent Periodic Quality Review of teaching. Our wide-ranging expertise, spanning physical communications technologies to human/societal aspects, enables us to offer correspondingly comprehensive coverage in our cutting-edge undergraduate degree programmes. For example, as well as core Computer Science and Software Engineeringprogrammes we run popular degrees in Communication Systems and Electronics and in IT for the Creative Industries. As well as traditional three year undergraduate programmes we offer study-abroad options, and also MSci variants that feature industry placements. At the Msc level we offer a similarly wide range of options, all strongly informed by our research expertise, and addressing both classical foundational themes and emerging concerns (e.g. our highly successful MSc in Cyber Security).

PhD Programme

We run a thriving PhD programme, currently comprising around 150 students. This benefits both from our core research strengths and our multidisciplinary focus. As an example of the latter, our Highwire Doctoral Training Centre runs a large-scale EPSRC-funded PhD programme that seeks a creative fusion between computer science, management and design.

To become part of our research team you can apply for PhD study at Lancaster.


For more information please visit our website http://www.scc.lancs.ac.uk/

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