Welcome to the Distributed Algorithms CDT

Want to start your PhD?

Each cohort will be made-up of industrially funded PhDs that align with the CDT.  This connection will allow new PhDs to take advantage of the training programme and community we’ve built with our students, academics and partners.

Read about the new PhD opportunities in the ‘Current Project’ section

What do we offer?

Are you interested in AI, data science and machine learning? Unsure if you want a career in research or industry but have an ambition to be a future leader in the field?

If you possess either an Undergraduate or Masters degree in a numerate subject, have an interest in next generation data science, computing and working with external partners to make a difference, apply now.

Why choose us?

  • Acquire a unique set of data science, computing and problem-solving skills.
  • Gain skills to make use of state of the art high-performance computing facilities. 
  • Access to training to support academic or industrial career paths.
  • Work with academic experts and a team of peers.
  • Collaborate with an external partner to solve real-world challenges.
  • Provide individual budgets for conferences, books, personal training, etc.
  • Undertake a placement/internship.
  • Work in an environment that supports and values diversity and inclusivity.
  • Benefit from a fully funded PhD studentship.
  • Monthly pay (aka stipend) for personal living costs (stipend rates).

Who do we want?

We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment in which diverse students can reach their full potential. We encourage applications from women, disabled, Neurodiverse, LGBTQ+ and/or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates. We are happy to discuss accommodations to help people thrive. 

Current PhD Projects

To stay updated on any future PhD opportunities, please follow us on LinkedIn.

For other PhD opportunities within the department please also see our opportunities advertised within the Energy Transfer Technologies Skills and Training Hub.

Application Instructions

The Signal Processing Group manages PhD recruitment in a competitive, open process to ensure a fair process for all. 

To apply, everyone must use the University's generic PhD application form.  You can find a link here.

To ensure we receive your application, you must:

  • Follow the guidance (DA CDT Application Instructions ). 
  • Select 'Electrical Engineering and Electronics PhD' for the programme of study on the University's application form (see point 1 on the CDT application instructions).
  • Send your ranked list of the top 3 preferred projects at the end of your supporting statement (see point 4 on the CDT application instructions).

Any deviation from the guidance may result in your application not being processed and/or deferred to the next round of recruitment.  All applications are assessed by independent academic panels. The outcomes are scored, ranked and the top applicant for each project will be invited to interview. The CDT aims to make informal offers to the successful candidates within one month of the closing date.

"The DA CDT process was the best application process I undertook, inclusive of the many job applications I completed during my undergraduate."


"My PhD project gives me an excellent opportunity to do some research, work with an industrial partner and learn how to expand the theory and at the same time, apply it to a specific problem."

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