Postgraduate opportunities


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:

  • Power and spectrum efficient wireless monitoring in hazardous environments
  • Efficient protocols for secure communications in highly dynamic mobile scenarios
  • End-user control and manipulation of the radio environment through novel interfaces
  • Stochastic modelling and optimisation of smart grid power networks
  • Highly agile RF transceivers for cognitive aware communication networks
  • Aligning human and computer communications by increasing the legibility of wireless infrastructures
  • Application of random matrix theory to the optimisation of multi-sensor wireless networks
  • High dynamic range video compression
  • Development and evaluation of new interaction techniques for mobile media
  • Cross layer optimisation for robust multimedia transport
  • Interference alignment to improve the performance of large wireless networks by the development of theoretical algorithms
  • Dynamic visualisation – the paper replacement


Full funding consisting of fees and living expenses, with ~£17k 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.

Application Process

We are no longer accepting applications for September 2017 entry.

Applications for September 2018 entry will be accepted from the 9th October 2017.

PhD background/description