Life as a DPhil Computer Science Student
COGSThe Computer Science Graduate Society provides a platform for the academic and social life of post-graduates in the Department. Covering both student representation on academic committees as well as organization of a variety of social events to give postgraduate and postdoctoral students to mingle and catch up outside their research groups. From weekly 'coffee and cake' gatherings, to pizza and games nights. you are encouraged to get involved with the Society.
Throughout the year the Department runs a range of events and activities for graduate students, staff and their families, including an annual rounders match and festive parties
Admin SupportThe Department's friendly and experienced team of admin and support staff is on hand to advise you through the application process and during your time with the Department.
Student ConferenceThe Computer Science Student Conference is usually held annually. It has been designed to be attended by all D.Phil. students, MSc Students, undergraduates and faculty members. It contains chaired sessions of talks, posters, a buffet lunch, and a reception with prize giving followed by a conference dinner which is open to all students. The Conference is usually run by an organizing committee of D.Phil. students. You can see the latest Proceedings of the 2011 Computer Science Student Conference.
A Place To WorkResearch students get their own study area in an office, usually shared with a hand-full of other students, within the Department at Parks Road. Students have 24-hour access to the building, including the Common Room and kitchen areas that well-stocked with free tea and coffee.
Your SupervisorApart from directing your research, your supervisor will be responsible for suggesting which graduate-level courses and seminar series you should attend. There are a range of styles of interaction between supervisor and research student, but we expect you to be able to meet with your supervisor regularly.
Training In Research SkillsOur DPhil students are given training in research skills and are sent a regular bulletin advising them of what is available.
For a guide to life as a research student in the Department of Computer Science and the main rules and requirements for our D.Phil. programme, consult the Research Student Handbook.