Manchester Centre for Doctoral Training

Please see below details of our new Centre for Doctoral Training – with Manchester’s strong
community in machine learning, computer vision, and pattern recognition, we will particularly
welcome applicants from the PASCAL network.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Computer Science – Join us!

Students considering PhD study are invited to apply to the new Manchester Centre for
Doctoral Training in Computer Science, the first of its kind in the UK.

The centre, funded by a £2.2 million grant from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council (EPSRC), will admit at least 75 students over the next five years.

Our mission is to train the computer scientists of the future, thorough offering a radically
different approach to the doctoral training process. Students admitted to the centre will be
given the chance to become “the complete researcher”, supported by funded studentships the
cover the full duration of the 4 year programme.

Programme Details
Students will receive training in all aspects of the research process:
creativity and innovation, research problem solving in collaboration with industrial users and
carrying out research with real world impact.
At the same time students will complete significant research in collaboration with world-
leading academic staff.

The programme consists of an initial ‘foundation period’ of six months of taught
components, followed by a 3.5 year period of focused PhD level research, carried out under
the supervision of a PhD supervisor or team of supervisors. For further information about the
programme, please see details here:

Studentships pay home tuition fees and a full stipend for 4 years. We have over 15 fully-
funded studentships available for UK and EU students.
For further information regarding funding, please see our funding page:

Who should apply?
We welcome applications from students with a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours
degree or equivalent in a relevant science or engineering discipline. Further information can
be obtained by e-mail:
or telephone:
+44 (0)161 275 0699

Or by visiting our website:

CDT Background
The University won the grant despite strong competition from other leading computer science
departments across the UK. The awarding panel felt strongly that the proposal represented an
excellent opportunity to make a real impact to doctoral training in the UK.

Professor Steve Furber, director of the new centre, said: “We are delighted to have been
chosen by EPSRC for this flagship Centre for Doctoral Training in Computer Science, and
look forward to rising to the challenge of using this opportunity to transform computing
PhDs in the UK.”