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PhD Studentship in Communications Engineering

University of Bristol - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications

Applications are invited from UK/EU students with, or expecting to obtain, 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 Engineering integrated 4-year PhD programme.

Academics in the Centre work closely with national and international 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. The PhD programme is suitable both for recent graduates as well as those with significant industrial experience wishing to access new career paths in research or industry.


  • Training 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 three-year cutting-edge research project

A wide range of PhD topics are proposed and developed collaboratively by industrial member companies and the academics, and are selected by students towards the end of the first year. During the first year students undertake a 3-month individual research project which prepares them for their full PhD project. At the start of the second year students are integrated into specialist research teams with world-leading research profiles and facilities in areas such as wireless communications, networks, RF technologies, vehicular connectivity, mathematics, video and communications and continue to collaborate with their industrial mentors.


  • Enhanced 4-year studentships* of ~£18,000 per annum living stipend (usually tax free)
  • Payment of all tuition fees*
  • A substantial consumables and travel budget to support additional specialist research training courses, secondments, purchase of specialist equipment and travel to international conferences, seminars and workshops
  • Industry sponsored* cutting-edge research projects
  • Wide choice of PhD projects ranging from applied to blue-sky research
  • State-of-the-art research facilities in the centre of the vibrant city of Bristol
  • Opportunities for overseas secondments to industrial partners and universities
  • Access to a network of high calibre industrial partners of the Centre
  • Excellent career prospects on completion of the PhD

* for eligible students only

Studentships are available to UK nationals & EU citizens resident in the UK for the previous 3 years. A limited number of studentships are available to EU applicants. Those in possession of their own funding (e.g. via a non-EU government scholarship) are also welcome to apply for a place of study.

Entry Requirements & Studentship Eligibility

Eligible students with a upper second or first class degree in a relevant engineering, mathematics, physics or similar numerate discipline will be considered for a studentship. Professional experience in relevant disciplines will also be taken into consideration.

See our film: Communications PhD - why study with us?"

Closing date for applications: 30 June 2019

Start: September 2019

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,000 to £18,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 31st March 2019
Closes: 1st July 2019
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