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PhD Studentship: FARSCOPE, an innovative PhD in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

University of Bristol – UWE Bristol – Faculty of Engineering

The project:

Now is a great time to get involved in Robotics and Autonomous Systems research. FARSCOPE’s vision is ubiquity – robots everywhere – and our PhD programme is designed to get you thinking beyond a robot’s technology and about its environment. We need future robots that are:

Smart - matching robust hardware with intelligent software to behave well in unstructured settings

Safe - trusted on a technical and societal level to operate unsegregated in the world

Scalable - designed and programmed for large scale deployments and evolution of roles

Social - able to interact naturally with humans

FARSCOPE is an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems based in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory – the largest specialist robotics laboratory in the UK.  We offer a 4-year PhD programme specifically designed to give you both the multidisciplinary tools and contextual knowledge to tackle today’s research challenges in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. As a FARSCOPE student, you are registered at both the University of Bristol and University of West of England and as such enjoy access to both institution’s facilities and services.

Year 1 allows you to develop background skills while exploring different research topics. At the start of year 2, you choose your PhD research with one of our College of Supervisors in any of the research themes available. Throughout your PhD, we support you with complementary skills training and a range of other opportunities.

Year 1 - taught courses, group challenge, industry project and research dissertation

Year 2 - enterprise training, industry challenges and PhD research

Year 3 - public engagement project, industry challenges, optional placements and PhD research

Year 4 - PhD research, writers retreats

FARSCOPE offers you a cohort-delivered programme that promotes outward-looking innovation. Throughout your PhD, you will have peer-support from students within your year group and with other students within the Centre. You will also have a dedicate industry mentor. Our aim is to enable you to converse across application and technology silos, develop academic and industry networks and ultimately pursue a future career as a Robotics and Autonomous Systems innovator.

Visit our website to find out more

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this PhD at Please select Robotics and Autonomous Systems FARSCOPE (CDT) on the Programme Choice page. Shortlisting for the first round of interviews is after the 25th of February.  Start date: September 2019.

Candidate requirements:

We are looking for candidates with an upper-second class degree or international equivalent in engineering, physics, mathematics or related subject. Other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We appreciate and value difference and welcome applications from a diverse mix of talented people.


We have scholarships available for UK and EU students at standard UKRI rate. If you are an international student and have your own funding, you are also welcome to apply.


Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Fully funded
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 8th February 2019
Closes: 4th May 2019
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