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Studying for a PhD or MPhil in the field of informatics you will investigate new models and techniques of knowledge and information use. Recent projects have involved healthcare (secure access to necessary information in a multidisciplinary care team), Biodiversity (managing the integration of information from observations of species) and Geoinformatics (combining formal geospatial data with Web 2.0 sources).

The group makes use of both dedicated and GRID resources to conduct its research and has recently established a Security & Privacy Laboratory for use in research, in teaching and in industrial engagement. The research staff in this field continue to have a diverse range of industrial and academic partners.

Research students are at the core of the School's academic enterprise. While you study, we will expect you to contribute fully to the advancement of knowledge not just at Cardiff but more widely, participating in the international environment of your chosen academic field.

As a School we offer you the opportunity to work alongside our research staff who publish widely, edit and review for international journals, act as external examiners both within the UK and internationally, provide consultancy and secure research funding. The Schools research staff work on many interdisciplinary projects, and include members of influential government and professional advisory bodies. Each of our three research areas have strong international collaborations in Europe (including many EU projects) the Americas, Australia and the Far East.

Every research student works under the expert guidance of supervisors with interests and expertise relevant to the research topic. It is their role to advise and instruct you as you work towards your masters or doctorate.

A key element to supporting you while you pursue a research degree with us is our commitment to maintain significant investment in the research environment. The last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) noted the quality of this laboratory and infrastructure investment.


Available Research Areas

Within the broad field of Informatics this research group has a deep and proven interest in knowledge and information systems. Particular areas of strength and expertise include:

* Ambient information systems
* Bioinformatics and biodiversity
* Constraints and data semantics
* Data/knowledge mining
* Geoinformatics and spatial information systems
* Grid-based distributed information management
* Healthcare and medical informatics
* Information quality
* Information security and privacy
* Legacy information systems
* Linked data and the Semantic Web
* Resilient information systems
* Sensor information processing systems
* Strategic information systems
* Tractable ontology/hybrid reasoning
* Virtual organisations/enterprises/coalitions

Current or recent major research projects undertaken by this group include:

* An innovative multi-disciplinary patient-centric early detection care model
* Distributed, dynamic infrastructure to support biodiversity catalogues
* Geographical information retrieval based on representation of place
* Green logistics
* Participation in International Technology
* Alliance in Network and Information Sciences
* Self-protecting information for deperimiterised electronic relationships
* Virtual organisation access to information sources and services for healthcare


Either a 2.1 Honours degree or a Masters degree with a distinction in the research dissertation, in computing or a related subject. Applicants with appropriate professional experience are also considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area).

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600

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