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The CDT is recruiting PhD students to start October 2022. PhD projects, application information and interview guidance can be found on this webpage.

Applications are invited for the project/s listed below, for an October 2022 start. If you plan to apply, please:

  1. Review the project adverts to decide which projects align with your research interests.
  2. Read the CDT application instructions.  
    (Please do follow this guidance to ensure that your application is submitted to the correct department. Any deviations from this guidance may result in your application not being received. Thank you).
  3. Provide a ranked list of your top 3 preferred projects and include in your personal statement. Submit this with your application.

Applications are assessed by independent academic panels. The outcomes are scored, ranked and the top ranked candidates for each project are invited to interview. The CDT aims to make informal offers to the successful candidates within one month of the closing date. The key stages and timelines are: 

Key Stages (may be subject to change)


Next round

Application deadline

30 June 2022


Interview invites circulated

11 July 2022


Interviews take place

18 July 2022


Interview outcome expected

25 July 2022


Current Opportunities

Project Title

Project Partner

Academic Supervisors

Machine Learning of Behavioural Models for Improved Multi-Sensor Fusion


Dr Murat Uney
Professor Simon Maskell

Faster Uncertainty Quantification of Hydrocodes


Prof Leszek Gasieniec
Luke Mason

Using Machine Learning to train a Digital Test Pilot for missions in turbulent environments

Nova Systems

Prof Mark White

Who do we want?

The CDT is committed to providing an inclusive environment in which diverse students can thrive, the CDT particularly encourages applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented in the sector.  We can also consider part time PhD students.

  • Diverse group of talented individuals from a various backgrounds.
  • People with either an UG or MSc in a numerate subject.
  • People with ambition and interest in making a difference.

Why Choose the Distributed Algorithms CDT?

  • Fully Funded PhD studentships (for both home and international students).
  • Generous monthly tax free payment of £1,338.50. (stipend rates).
  • Annual research grant.
  • PhD projects co-defined and co-supervised with a project partner.
  • Placements in year 3.
  • Longer-term employment potential.
  • Inclusive and supportive cohort environment.
  • Technical, professional and personal training and development.
  • Access to state-of-the-art high-performance computing.

CDT Application Instructions

To ensure the CDT receives your application and it is assessed with the other applications you must:

  • 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 5 on the CDT application instructions).

Please follow all of the guidance on the CDT application instructions V4 to ensure your application is received and processed by the CDT.  Any deviation from the guidance may result in your application not being processed and deferred to the next round of recruitment.

Why did one of our current student apply?

I had decided to further my studies in Computer Science. This PhD project gives 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. 

Current student

Want to speak with someone about the CDT to make sure it's right for you?

Contact one of our supervisors (details are on the project advert), student ambassadors, the director or centre staff to help.  Find our details on the contact us page.

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

CDT applicant

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