The University of Southampton

Applying for a MINDS CDT Studentship

Applications for 2022 entry are now open

If you are creative, innovative, with good attention to detail, able to work with diverse people and communities to understand their particular needs, and are enthusiastic about working at the Artificial Intelligence and Electronics interface to develop systems with beneficial human impact, then we would like to hear from you.

Deadline: Friday June 24 2022

Webinar: Tuesday June 14 2022 1400. Click here for details

Interviews to take place week commencing 19-21 July 2022.


How to Apply

How to apply

We are keen to know what topic you’d like to focus your research on. So, as a part of your application, we would like to you write a 2000 word research outline telling us (i) what you're interested in; (ii) why it is exciting for you; and (iii) what you have already read about it. Your research idea could focus more on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, or on Electronics for AI or Engineering applications of AI.  In your 2000-word research outline we will be looking for your excitement for your chosen topic, your enthusiasm for the opportunity to research at the MINDS CDT and your ability to communicate your ideas clearly. Your chosen topic should be within the scope of one or more of our research themes. Once you start your course, we and will work with you to develop your ideas further.

You can complete the application form here



As a fully-funded MINDS PhD student, you will receive an enhanced tax-free stipend £3,000 above the UKRI National Minimum Doctoral stipend. Thanks to a £100M investment from UK Research and Innovation the MINDS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) can now provide fully-funded studentships for approximately 12 applicants per year. For 2022/2023 Entry the stipend is estimated to be £18,840, and this increases each year with inflation.

We are also happy to accept an application from you if you already have a funded scholarship from another source or are able to self-fund (proof of funds will be required).

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements


We welcome applications from future experts who have, or expect to shortly have, a very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent), in computer science, electronics, or other closely related subject such as mathematics or physics. Academic attainment is only one of our criteria for selection; we equally value excitement for research, enthusiasm for the research focus of the CDT and the ability to communicate ideas.

EU and Overseas applicants should achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each competency.




Q. How can I apply? 

A. To apply, fill out an online application form (accessible through the How To Apply page). As part of the application, you need to provide your academic transcript(s) and a research statement. For more details check ourHow To Apply page. 

Q. What are your entry requirements? 

A. A good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent) in computer science, electronics, or other related subjects such as mathematics or physics. If in doubt, contact us. 

Q. Do you have any English language requirements? 

A. Yes for EU and Overseas applicants, unless they have been studying in the UK for a few years (to check whether you qualify for an exemption contact us). The requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each competency.  

Q. Do you accept international applicants? 

A. Yes, we do.  

Q: Is the funding available for international applicants? 

A. Yes. However, we are only allowed to admit a small number of Interntional students each year, so the competition is high.  

Q. What are the career prospective for MINDS PhDs? 

A. The prospective is wide open, from academia to industry and government. We work closely with industry and government organisations. Some of our students are partially sponsored by non-academic organisations and all our students are expected to go for at least 3 months of internship with an industry or governmental organisation partner. This close relationship helps tremendously in finding diverse career opportunities.  

Q. What type of projects are the current MINDS students involved with? 

A. We currently have over 30 students in the CDT working on diverse types of projects. For an overview of some of them, watch this video in which Dr. Christine Evers (CDT’s cohort lead) talks about cohort’s experience.  

Q. What is the structure of the first year of this iPhD? 

A. In the first 2 semesters you take modules, 3 of which are core MINDS module, specifically designed and delivered by MINDS. You choose 3 other modules from a variety of optional modules available. You will have to choose your project and supervisory team by April and will start the feasibility study with your supervisors over the summer. 

Q. What support structure is provided for MINDS students? 

A. At the start, each student is assigned a personal academic tutor, as well as a mentor from the current CDT students. The CDT manager is available to answer different queries related to CDT matters. There are monthly student meetings (involving all CDT students) and weekly, informal cohort Catch-ups.  

Q. What are the available projects for the new students? 

A. Projects with substantial industry funding are advertised each year independently during the recruitment phase. Other projects will be officially advertised to all new CDT students around November. 

Q. Am I committed to the project proposal I put in my application? 

A. No. We work with all our students to identify and choose the projects that suit them best. You are not committed to the project you identify in your application. 

Q. Are MINDS students assigned a project and supervisory team at the start? 

A. No. We understand that it is not easy to know what project you are most interested in before you join the program and officially start your iPhD. This is why we work with all our students to identify and choose the projects that suit them best.  

Further help

If you’d like to ask any questions before applying, please Email: We can also arrange for a phone/zoom call from a current student who can tell you more about PhDs at ECS.