4-year Fully Funded PhD Studentships

University of Bristol - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications

Applications are invited from UK/EU students with, or expecting to gain, a first or upper second class honours degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics or similar numerate discipline to join the CDT in Communications integrated 4-year PhD programme.

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications works closely with over 25 companies to undertake cutting-edge applied and theoretical research, combined with bespoke training, in the field of communications to train the next generation of communications engineers to work in industry or academia.

Students are integrated into research groups investigating topics on wireless communications, networks, RF technologies, vehicular connectivity, mathematics, video and communications related areas.


•  Courses in advanced communication engineering topics

•  Group and individual research projects

•  Mentoring from industry on the application and context of research

•  Enterprise and innovation skills training

•  Transferable skills training to increase employability

A topic for the PhD will be selected towards the end of the first year and will normally build on the first year’s individual research project. Students choose their PhD projects from a wide range of proposals, most of which are collaborative with industry.

“The Centre offers a great opportunity to get a strong foundation across many fundamental areas of communication and skills, allowing me to broaden my knowledge before focusing on a specific research project.” Michael Collett, research student


Fully funded 4-year studentships of ~£18,000 for UK nationals & EU citizens resident in the UK for the previous 3 years

•  Industry sponsored cutting-edge technology research projects

•  Excellent career prospects on completion of PhD

•  Access to UK/EU network of communications professionals

•  Funding to attend conferences and specialist technical training

•  Overseas secondments to industrial partners and universities

“My main reason to choose University of Bristol was because of its outstanding research reputation, close industrial collaborations and excellent course structure.” Jaya Thota, research student

Studentship Eligibility

•  Students with a 2.1 or first class degree in relevant engineering, mathematics, physics or similar numerate discipline will be considered for a studentship

•  Applications from overseas students with funding are welcome

Further Information: www.bris.ac.uk/cdt-communications, our You Tube video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itNOHO5kKW4] or email cdt-communications@bristol.ac.uk

Closing date for applications: 9th July 2016

Start date:  September 2016