Information for PhD Candidates
The Software Technology Research Laboratory (STRL) at De Montfort University has been set up to study, analyse and advance formal approaches to the specification, design and re-engineering of mixed computing systems with emphasis being placed on those which are used in (distributed) real-time safety critical applications.
The STRL is one of the leading national and international sources of expertise on the development of provably correct computer systems methods and tools. Additionally, it plays a key role in enabling the University to develop an international reputation for the industrial production of provably correct computer systems.
As a centre we provide excellent facilities for students and staff alike. We currently house over 11 senior staff, with 8 associate staff and 65 PhD and MSc students.
The international dimension of the STRL is very important. Currently, we have research programmes at PhD level with various institutions worldwide. Through the University 6-week route, the STRL has collaboration with China, USA, Russia, Qatar and Germany.
The STRL provides a vibrant and stimulating academic environment that is closely linked with industries such as IBM, Software Migration Ltd, QinetiQ, General Dynamics, BAE, etc.
Two research-oriented degrees are offered: PhD and MPhil, which normally require, respectively, three years and two years of enrolment.
From the start, each student undertakes a research project working closely with a supervisor selected by the student. A second (and perhaps a third) member of staff provides further support.
All researchers, including students working on these research degrees, enjoy excellent computing facilities including their own fully-networked computer at their desk. Most research students are attached to one of the established groups and so benefit from the accumulated knowledge and resources of their colleagues. Research students are encouraged to work in collaboration with others and to present their ideas at some of the many informal research seminars held regularly in the School.
In conjunction with the Research Office at the University, a structured programme has been established that includes a series of milestones carefully chosen to guide students towards timely progress culminating in the submission of a successful thesis. A training package programme on Research Methods is also provided both by the University. Such a package provides new graduates with grounding in research techniques and writing skills.
Occasionally, the University allocate a range of research studentships, awarded competitively, funding tuition fees and living expenses wholly or in part. However, many of these studentships are open only to applicants from the UK or an EC country.
Most research students also act as teaching assistants for a small part of their time, for which they are paid. The University has funds to help students attend international conferences at which they present papers.
Applicants for a research degree should normally have (or expect to receive) at least an upper second class honours degree.
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