School of Computer Science

Research Students Handbook

This handbook provides the key information for research students studying for postgraduate research (PGR) degrees - PhD, MRes, MPhil, MSc by Research - in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham.

It also contains separate information for supervisors and examiners (and other roles).


The handbook is maintained by John Bullinaria. If you spot a problem or omission, please ask.

You may also want to look at the research students FAQ wiki


For research students, the key members of staff in the School are as follows:

  • the Research Students Tutor, John Bullinaria, is the main person with responsibility for overseeing research students, and also chairs the Research Student Monitoring Group (RSMG), which is the School's progress panel for research students. Email him at to arrange a meeting or, during term time, drop in during his office hours (room 113, times here).

  • the Research Students Administrator, Sarah Brookes, deals with administrative matters for research students. She is located in the main School reception, room UG44.

  • the International Students Tutor, Hamid Dehghani, can help with issues specific to international students.