This is our largest research area. A large team of 39 researchers submitted their research, working on a range of areas, and 90% of their work is at internationally recognised level.

The University of Bedfordshire's Computing research teams develop innovative computer technology and electronics that help to solve real-world problems and ensure computer technology is used efficiently and effectively.

Our research is applied across societal and technical challenges of the present and the future.

Centre of excellence

The Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC) is internationally recognised and respected as a centre of excellence and significance in applicable computing and related areas of electronics.

We receive funding from many sources - UK Government and Research Councils as well as the Royal Academy of Engineering, the European Commission and charitable bodies such as Comic Relief and the Nuffield Foundation.

Research impact

Our essential research into novel technology and related applications and electronics has social, cultural and economic impact both locally and internationally.

We use our expertise to improve the health, energy, security and assisted living sectors and directly benefit communities as well as governments, businesses of all levels and international populations.

Our research excellence

Specialist facilities

Our recently refurbished research labs contain workstations for over 100 researchers as well as specialised software such as graphics tools and computing libraries.

Students at the University benefit from work experience with international companies such as T-Mobile and Axis Electronics through which they gain valuable experience of applied research in the workplace.

Working with our students

We have students at all levels - from undergraduate to doctorate – working with us to make sure that our essential work in developing innovative technology and applications continues to deliver tangible, life-changing results.

Join our research team as a postgraduate student

Apply to our Research Graduate School


Enquire about research degrees

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+44 (0)1582 489056

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International applicants should be aware of our English language requirements


For all the information you need on how to apply for a research degree and to make sure you fulfil the entry requirements go to How to apply

You should have a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or masters degree or equivalent in the relevant subject area.

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