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Admissions timeline

Deadline for online applications: 12 June 2019
Notification to shortlisted applicants: 20 June 2019
Recruitment workshop and interviews for shortlisted applicants: 01 July 2019

Admissions criteria

Academic requirements

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper-second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Cyber security is an interdisciplinary challenge and the CDT focuses on both social and technical aspects of trust, identity, privacy and security in large-scale infrastructures. Applications are welcome from those with a range of disciplinary backgrounds including (but not limited to): computer science, psychology, management, electrical and electronics engineering, civil engineering, criminology and social sciences. Candidates should be willing to work across disciplinary boundaries and inform their research from different disciplinary perspectives.

In exceptional circumstances, we may consider applicants with alternative qualifications.

For information on international equivalent qualifications, please refer to our International Office website.

English language requirements for non-native English speakers

Applicants whose first language is not English, and whose full undergraduate degree was not taught in an English-speaking country, must hold/achieve a minimum score in an approved English language test as specified in Profile Bof the University's English Language Requirements Policy.

You do not need to have reached the required level of English language before submitting an application, but an English language test must be submitted with the application for review. If necessary, English language will be included as a condition of offer.

There is an option to take one of the University’s Pre-sessional English courses; details are available on the Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies website.

Application process

Online application form

Applicants should complete the online application form, uploading all required documents directly. Guidance on uploading documents can be found in the guidance for online applications.Paper documents received by post, or electronic documents received by email, are only considered in exceptional circumstances.

Before applying, make sure you choose the right programme by reading the prospectus entry and Admissions Statement fully. If you need clarification, please contact the relevant admissions team.  Applications may not be considered until all required documents have been uploaded. If you have already submitted an application, you can upload additional documents into the ‘Post-submission uploads’ section of the application form.

Selection process

Assessment of applications

All applicants are considered on an equal basis in line with the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded into the ethos of the CDT; we believe a diverse cohort leads to creativity, exciting research, and increased impact. For the Cybersecurity CDT, diversity is not solely achieved by recruiting a diverse student cohort but developed from an inclusive and supportive culture which makes everyone feel welcome. This is integral to the expectation we have that our cohort will not only support each other, but learn from each other and respect differences. The CDT, alongside both the Universities of Bristol and Bath, are actively promoting real change in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion, and will actively monitor and support the CDT reaching its equality, diversity and inclusivity goals.

Once a complete application has been submitted with all required supporting documents, it is considered for shortlisting for the recruitment workshop by two members of staff using the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement (50%)
  • Motivation, case study and fit to cohort (30%)
  • References (20%)

Applicants are considered holistically on their own merit and in competition with the rest of the applicant cohort during that academic cycle.

Recruitment Workshop

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a recruitment workshop with members of the CDT management and supervisory team as well as industry partners. The recruitment workshop is a fundamental part of the selection process and only candidates shortlisted following the application will be invited. Shortlisted candidates based overseas will normally be interviewed by telephone or Skype.

The recruitment workshop will involve: (1) a group task developed in collaboration with
industry partners to assess the applicant’s ability to problem-solve and work with others from different backgrounds and perspectives (2) an individual interview with a panel from academic and industry representatives to further explore motivation, passion for the subject and ability to engage in interdisciplinary thinking. During their visit, applicants will have the opportunity to meet with current CDT students and will be taken on a tour of the offices and labs by a student or postdoctoral researcher.

All interviews are conducted by members of staff, who will have been trained in equality, diversity and inclusion with respect to recruitment techniques. All interviews are undertaken in accordance with the University's policy on equal opportunities. Industry members of the panel will be provided with the CDT’s equality, diversity and inclusion statement and will be expected to commit to it prior to the interview.

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