Being part of a Centre for Doctoral Training means being part of an exciting learning environment giving you the chance to do PhD level research with the benefit of taught courses to provide a solid foundation across traditional disciplinary boundaries. This is an integrated PhD (or iPhD), and its structure, we believe, helps new, innovative ideas to emerge.
Having the funding to train around 60 PhD graduates over 5 cohorts also provides critical mass to bring together a wide range of industry, government and third sector partners that can add value to your research. These include internships to allow you to put your research into practice, and the wider networks that these collaborations open up.
Different CDTs use different models, but with MINDS students are admitted to the programme (rather than to work with a specific supervisor). This gives our students the time shape their ideas, and work with a supervisory team (and in most cases an industrial advisor). We believe this leads to more successful research teams.
We recruit approximately 12 students per year to the MINDS programme, but students are also part of the larger, thriving PhD community across the School of Electronics and Computer Science and the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, as well as the University and our association with wider networks such as ATI.
The CDT is a new way of doing PhD in a more supportive and exciting environment for students to carry out a PhD-level research project together with taught coursework