PhD Studentship, Communications Engineering

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications

The project

The Centre was launched at the University of Bristol in 2011 and offers 4-year enhanced PhD studentships with a taught programme in year one followed by a 3-year specialised research project.

Communications Engineering is recognised as a key discipline that will underpin future economic growth. The UK is a leader in this field and UK industry has a shortage of high quality researchers and engineers. The Centre is the only one of its type in the UK and has been established with financial support from EPSRC and some 25 UK companies to address this demand.

Successful applicants will select a topic for the PhD from a variety of options towards the end of the first year and will normally build on the first year’s individual project. Students will be able to choose their PhD projects from a wide range of proposals, most of which will be collaborative with industry. The PhD programme will also include a wide range of workshops and short course in years two-four, in specialist technical subjects and business skills.

The Centre addresses diverse challenges ranging from theoretical to applied research. The first year provides training in the broad area of Communications, and provides the skills necessary to enable you to undertake cutting-edge research in your PhD, including:

  • Courses in advanced communication engineering topics with a choice of units
  • Group and individual project work
  • Enterprise and Transferable skills training
  • Engagement with industry to demonstrate the application and context of research.

The Centre is jointly operated by the Departments of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, all acknowledged as leaders in their field.

CDT students are members of a close-knit cohort working with a team of multidisciplinary academics from engineering, mathematics and computer science as well as with mentors and technical specialists from UK industry. Our industrial partners will also provide access to and training with the latest technology.

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Candidate requirements

Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) class honours degree (or equivalent) in a numerate subject (e.g. mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics).


A EPSRC stipend will be available for the successful (and eligible) candidate, and tuition fees will also be covered. Due to funding requirements, the stipend and fees funding applies to UK applicants only. EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for three years or more are also eligible. Fees only support is available will be available for other EU citizens.

How to apply

Applications should be made online at the Apply button below. Please select ‘Communications (PhD)’ in the Programme Choice section and quote the project title in the Research Details and Funding sections of the form.

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Deadline for applications Applications will close on 1st September 2013.

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