Fancy a sought-after career as a highly trained Data Scientist?

Posted on: 30 March 2023 by Richard Finch in Student experiences

The Distributed Algorithms CDT aims to train 60 students to become future leaders in data science. They need people who want to make a difference and work with industry and government by undertaking research in data science, machine learning and AI to help them solve real-world problems.

Applications are now open for University of Liverpool fully-funded PhD studentships that will train the next generation of data scientists.

You’ll be working in a cohort and collaborative environment alongside other PhD students, postdoc researchers and data scientists.

If you're interested in AI, data science and machine learning, and possess (or are working towards) and undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a numerate subject then read on to find out more about the opportunities to join the next PhD cohort starting in October 2023.

Did you know?

Applicants to our CDT have undergraduate backgrounds from the following subject areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Department of Civil Engineering and Industrial Design
  • Department of Materials
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering and Electronics
  • Geography and Planning
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Physics


  • Fully Funded PhD studentships (home and international students)
  • PhD projects co-created and co-supervised with a project partner from government or industry
  • Monthly tax-free payment of £1,472
  • Annual research grant (£3000)
  • Placements in year 3
  • Long-term employment potential
  • Inclusive and supportive cohort environment
  • Technical, professional and personal training and development
  • Access to state-of-the-art high-performance computers


Current CDT Student Endorsements

“I was surprised that I could go straight from UG to PhD study.”

“I didn’t realise that I could apply for a PhD with my undergraduate background.”

“This PhD project gives an excellent opportunity to work with an industrial partner and learn how to expand the theory and at the same time, apply it to a specific problem.”

“I settled into the CDT very quick. I was already a University of Liverpool Student.”


Our PhD Student Journey

Adam’s transition…

“After the intensity of a full-time Master’s course, my main concern was an unrelenting stream of work under the same pressures as my MSc. The reassurances that were made by the CDT Director, Prof. Simon Maskell, calmed much of my anxiety in accepting this position. Plus, I cannot discuss the ease of transition without also mentioning CDT staff Kelli and Sara.”

Read more of Adam’s anecdotes here.


Nell’s route….

“I wanted to work on this project because I have an undergraduate in Physics and a Masters in Computer Science.  When I was searching for a PhD position, I was keen to join a CDT. I wanted to be part of a cohort and to have the opportunity to learn from others’ expertise and to share experiences and results.”

Read more about Nell’s PhD journey here.


How Ben adjusted…

“Being surrounded by students in similar positions with similar focuses, as well as being able to consult with a wide and diverse research group, has been really helpful for getting started and adjusting to life as a PhD student.”

Read more of Ben’s route here.



Find out everything you need to know and apply for a Distributed Algorithms PhD on the CDT webpages. Click here to find out more.

Email Kelli or Sara ( if you have any questions.

Further reading



Keywords: Graduate, Research.