We research the practical problems of what software is, how technologies are developed, how they are used and spoken about, and how they are taught. Our diverse research community, embodied in the Centre for Research in Computing (CRC), spans the OU and encompasses software, systems, emerging technologies, knowledge media, human-centred, social and educational perspectives. We have a mixed research portfolio, embracing science, engineering and socio-technical approaches. Our active themes include: software engineering and design, natural language engineering, interaction design, multimedia, social computing, semantic web services, mobile and ubiquitous systems, music computing, computing education and next-generation networks. Our vibrant community of over 70 research students enjoys an infrastructure of seminars, research groups, conferences, labs and other resources.
We offer three research degree programmes: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and an online Virtual MPhil.
We have a wide range of powerful computing resources, and an infrastructure for development and prototyping. We have a variety of configurable lab spaces for technical and human studies, and development resources for new technologies.