Funded PhD Opportunities

University of Bristol - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications

Funded PhD Opportunities

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
  • Bespoke technical training
  • Enterprise and innovation skills training
  • Transferable skills development opportunities 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.


  • Fully funded 4-year studentships of ~£18,000 plus tuition fees for UK nationals & EU citizens resident in the UK for the previous 3 years. A limited number of studentships may be available to EU citizens not resident in the UK.
  • Industry sponsored cutting-edge technology research projects
  • Wide choice of PhD projects ranging from applied to blue-sky research
  • State-of-the-art research facilities
  • Opportunities for overseas secondments to industrial partners and universities
  • Excellent career prospects on completion of PhD

Entry Requirements & 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

To apply:

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Start date: September 2017