Apply for 2020
We are currently accepting applications for September 2020 entry.
Application deadline for funded places: 6 January 2020 (GMT 23:49)
Invitation to recruitment workshop: from 21 January 2020
Recruitment workshops: 5 & 6 February 2020
Early application submission is strongly recommended as the programme will close once all available places are filled. Funded places after these dates will be subject to availability of studentships.
Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper-second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline including (but not limited to): computer science, psychology, management, electrical and electronics engineering, civil engineering, criminology and social sciences.
The most critical requirement is a passion for cyber security and the desire to make our connected world secure and hence safe.
Candidates should be willing to work across disciplinary boundaries and inform their research from different disciplinary perspectives.
How to apply
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.
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.
You should submit as much information as possible with your application - this will ensure that we have your complete profile when reviewing your application. If you need clarification, please contact the relevant admissions team.
Part of your application will include a providing a case study. You must provide up to 1 A4 page of text on a cyber security issue that interests you, discuss why the problem is challenging from both a social and technical perspective and what methods or techniques would be appropriate to develop a deeper understanding of the issue.
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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
English language requirements
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 B of the University's English Language Requirements Policy.
Please read the further information about English language requirements and conditions of offer.