About the Centre

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications offers an integrated, cohort-driven environment in which to undertake world-leading research and provides a coherent advanced training network for the communications community nationally, and develops the skilled and entrepreneurial engineers needed to underpin the future of the industry.

With the support of national and international companies the Centre will help to build UK capability in this key area by addressing the skills shortage in the sector.

The University of Bristol, has been a world leader in this field for over 25 years.

The Programme

The Centre has very strong links with industry (both nationally and internationally). Industry propose many of the projects and provide secondments to sponsored students.

The programme consists of a taught first year followed by a three year PhD research project combined with transferable skills training, equipping graduates with the key skills to lead work in a wide variety of roles in either industry or academia.

Details of current projects are available on our projects web page.

The Centre has a strong cohort atmosphere – providing support across cohorts for common issues. Students work together on projects, skills development and outreach activities. During your studies you will have close links with relevant research groups across the University; providing opportunities to work with experts in the subject.  Graduates work with academics, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers based in the Communication Systems & Networks group, the Visual Information Laboratory, the High Performance Networks group, the Intelligent Systems group and the School of Mathematics.

On graduating you will have gained the skills and knowledge to become a future leader in the sector; intellectually leading, and with an understanding of the commercial implications of your research.

The Benefits

  • Four year programme, allowing you time to increase your knowledge
  • A taught year structure catering for students joining from varying backgrounds and allowing the talioring of content on an individual basis
  • First year taught programme including the fundamentals of mathematics for communications, group and individual projects to broaden your research knowledge and horizons before selecting a topic for your PhD
  • Wide choice of applied and blue-sky PhD projects proposed by industry; developed in consultation with the academic supervisor and the student
  • Working in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Support from being member of a close-knit cohort rather than working in isolation; providing a wider perspective and the chance to develop team-centre skills needed for the workplace
  • Access to an extensive network of leaders in the sector
  • Involvement with industry and the opportunity to understand how your research is applied in a commercial environment
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities
  • Transferable skills enhancement, business skills and professional development
  • Funding to attend conferences and participate in bespoke technical training

The CDT offers an opportunity to work on research that is at the forefront of both academia, and industry. The taught year provides students from varying disciplines with the skills to prepare them for their PhD. The support between the cohorts also helps in transitioning to another field and makes for a great atmosphere.

Adam Sutton (2016-)
researcher calculating equations
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