The UK Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is investing £2.2M in a £10M Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications Engineering (CDT) at the University of Bristol. With the support of some 25 major UK companies and trade organisations, the new Centre will help to build UK capability in this key area by addressing the skills shortage in the sector. It will focus on Future Communications: People, Power and Performance; while communications technology is the enabler, the new Centre recognises that it is people who are the creators, consumers and beneficiaries in terms of its broader applications.
The University of Bristol, has been a world leader in this field for over 25 years.
The Centre will produce a new type of PhD graduate: one who is intellectually leading, creative, mathematically rigorous and who understands the commercial implications of their work; people who are the future technical and business leaders in the sector.
Professor Joe McGeehan, Chairman, CDT in Communications
The Bristol bid was selected over nine other leading UK universities to win this prestigious Centre. With its first intake in 2011, the CDT will host 50 new PhD students over five intake cycles. As well as producing innovative solutions to key emerging research challenges, the Centre is his helping to provide a coherent advanced training network for the communications community nationally, and develop the skilled and entrepreneurial engineers needed to underpin the future of the industry.
The highly interdisciplinary Centre provides a four year fully funded postgraduate programme (including a taught element in the first year) leading to the award of a PhD. Graduates accepted on the course are members of a student cohort, working together with a group of academics from the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, School of Mathematics, Department of Computer Science and the Safety Systems Research Centre. Opportunities will be available to undertake research projects with industrial sponsors in a wide range of Communications applications and cutting edge research.
Full funding covering living expenses and fees is available for graduates accepted on the programme who are UK citizens. EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for three years or more are also eligible for the full studentship. Fees only support is available for other EU citizens. Self-funded students are also welcome to apply.
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