Important Application Dates - September 2022 Entry
|Application Deadline||5 January 2022|
|Invitations to Recruitment Workshop||31 January 2022|
|Recruitment Workshop Dates||16 /17 February 2022|
|Spring Recruitment||Dates TBC|
Details of our recruitment process can be found on our How to apply section.
Submitting your Application
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.
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. The personal statement and case study can also be uploaded into the 'Post-submissions uploads' section.
If you have any queries about what you need to submit with your application, please contact us at email@example.com
Submitting your application
To submit your application via the online system the following documents must be included:
- Personal Statement
- Case Study
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
How to write your personal statement
Your personal statement (one A4 page) should:
- explain your motivation for applying to the programme and how it relates to your plans for the future
- explain why you should be offered a place on the programme
- highlight elements of your academic record which align with the theme of the programme, such as project work or courses you have taken (these are not required to be in cyber security or STEM disciplines)
- highlight any other relevant skills or experience that would bring an interesting unique perspective to discussions with fellow students in the programme
How to write a good case study
How we assess your application
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 Zoom.
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.
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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.