How to apply

Applications for this year have now closed


Further guidance on the application process is available.

Whether you're an engineer with an interest in quantum computing, a physicist with a passion for practical technologies or a mathematician with an aptitude for experimental work, this programme is the next step to a successful career in quantum technologies.

We are seeking candidates with backgrounds in mathematics, engineering, computer science and the physical sciences.

Applicants should have an upper-second class degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent qualification).

  • Awards available: PhD
  • Duration of programme: Four years full time
  • Number of places: 10 per year

International students

We have limited funding available for international students. To be considered for a fully funded international studentship, please apply as early as possible. We are happy to accept applications from overseas students who are also applying for funding from other sources, for example from their home country. Please specify which scholarship you are applying for in the online application form.

English-language requirements: Profile E

For details of this Profile please see the University's English Language Requirements Policy, in addition to the standard entry requirements.

Find information for international students on eligibility, funding options and studying at Bristol.

For more on international equivalent qualifications, please see our country specific information.

Fees and funding

Please see our fees for 2020/21.

EPSRC studentships covering fees and living costs are available to UK/EU students. Funding is also available to exceptional international students. We encourage and support international applicants applying to funding schemes from their home country, such as CONACYT (Mexico), CONICYT (Chile) and COLCIENCIAS (Colombia). Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from the Student Funding Office website.


If you have any further enquiries about your application, please contact us.

"The first year completely changed my mind about what I wanted to do for my PhD, meaning I’m now doing work that I’m far more interested in, motivated by and suited to than I would otherwise have been, and was able to make an informed choice regarding the people that I work with."

QECDT Student
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