Postgraduate study

The Centre

In 2011 the University of Bristol was awarded funding for the UK’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications (CDT in Communications). This interdisciplinary Centre is dedicated to training PhD students (PDF, 197kB) in a state-of-the-art environment with the skills to drive future research, development and exploitation. Graduates from this unique Centre will be highly employable both in industry and academia, with a strong mathematical understanding of Communications.

The Centre is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) with support from industry. It is the only such Centre in the UK and collaborates closely with a wide range of UK industries.

This collaborative venture involves the:

Students work in a multidisciplinary environment, with leading academics and industrialists in a wide range of Communications topics. 


The four year course consists of a one year taught component designed to extend and broaden key skills, followed by a three year solo PhD research project. Training is provided in the form of

Successful applicants will be members of a close-knit team of students. The course has been designed to allow flexibility in assumed previous knowledge, with advanced modules building on a common core. Why the CDT route?

They will be able to choose their PhD research projects from an extensive range of topics ranging from blue-sky to application research. Examples of potential PhD project areas are:


Full funding consisting of fees and living expenses, with ~£18k pa available to the highest quality candidates with home fee status. EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for over three years are also eligible for full funding. Fees only funding will be available to other EU citizens. Funding will be provided for attendance at conferences and time in industry. A laptop with latest scientific software will also be provided to each student.

Application Process

We are seeking enthusiastic and highly motivated students who have or will shortly obtain at least an upper second degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or related discipline to commence studies in late September 2015.

Applicants will be selected via application form and interview.

You can apply using the on-line system. If you have further queries before you apply please contact

Application deadline: 1st round review of applications: 12th January 2015. Applications still welcome until the 31st March 2015.