PhD Studentships: Communications Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Have you got a first or upper second class degree in Engineering, Mathematics or Physics? Have you considered joining the EPSRC/industry funded UK Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications at the University of Bristol to study for a PhD?

The Centre was launched at the University of Bristol in 2011 and offers 4-year enhanced PhD studentships with a taught programme in year 1 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.

Project Description
The Centre will address diverse challenges ranging from theoretical to applied research. The first year provides training in the broad area of Communications. This will provide 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

A topic for the PhD will be selected from a wide range 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 2-4, in specialist technical subjects and business skills.

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 will become 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.

Applications are welcomed from UK/EU students only (due to funding restrictions) who are enthusiastic and highly-motivated and who possess, or will shortly obtain, at least an upper second class degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or a related science discipline.

Successful applicants who are UK citizens will receive an enhanced EPSRC 4-year studentship covering living expenses and fees. EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for 3 years or more are also eligible for the full studentship. A small number of studentships are available to EU nationals.  Fees only support will be available for other EU citizens.

Further Information and Application Procedure
For further information on the Centre go to: or email

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

Start date: October 2013

Salary: Up to £18,000

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