How to apply

Applications for the Quantum Engineering CDT are currently closed following the recruitment of our final cohort. Please check back in December 2023 when this page will be updated with the outcome of our bid to EPSRC's recent CDT call.

We welcome potential applicants to register their interest in our new CDT via this Expression of Interest form, and will use this to update individuals regarding our bid success and future application process.


As a leading global institution, we are keen to attract talented and motivated individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds. Further information on our commitment to equality and diversity can be found here.

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 welcome candidates with backgrounds in mathematics, engineering, computer sciencechemistry or the physical sciences. 

This programme is the next step to a successful career in quantum technologies, whether you are: 

  • a computer scientist with interest in developing quantum algorithms 
  • a chemist intrigued by the modelling power of quantum simulators 
  • a mathematician with a passion for quantum computing 
  • a physicist excited to implement practical technologies 
  • an engineer inspired to deploy a quantum-enabled communications network 

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 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.

EU applicants are now considered International unless settled or pre-settled status has been granted in the UK.

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 2022/23.

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


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

"Going into the CDT from an Electronic Engineering background and having a very basic knowledge quantum theory, I was worried that I would be behind my peers, and struggle to get up to speed. However, the introductory modules in the first year, were structured in a way that I was taught everything I needed to know to work in the field and my practical engineering experience in many ways put me at an advantage when it came to starting the research phase of my PhD."

QECDT Student
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