Interactive Artificial Intelligence

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Run by Faculty of Engineering
Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

Our goal is to train you to become an innovator and research leader in responsible, data-driven and knowledge-intensive human-in-the-loop AI systems. Our innovative, cohort-based training programme will deliver cohorts of highly trained PhD graduates with the skills to design and implement complex interactive AI pipelines that solve important societal problems in responsible ways.

The key AI challenges of tomorrow are posed by the need for interactive knowledge-intensive systems in which the human plays an essential role.

In close conversation with our industry partners, the University identified interactive artificial intelligence as a core discipline of AI where the need for and deficit in advanced AI skills is abundantly evident, while being homogeneous enough to have intellectual integrity and be taught and researched within the context of a single centre for doctoral training.

You will be trained by world-leading experts in knowledge-driven AI, data-driven AI and human-AI interaction and receive inter-disciplinary training in responsible AI. You will study and work in close collaboration with other members of your cohort, developing advanced AI pipelines within a bespoke software environment. After completing this unique four-year programme, graduates will be at the forefront of AI innovation in both research and deployable systems.

Find out more at the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Interactive Artificial Intelligence webpages.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£4,475
Overseas (including EU): full-time
£23,900
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£9,475

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2021/22

This CDT offers a number of UKRI studentships to applicants covering tuition fees, an enhanced stipend (£20,500 per year) and a research skills and training fund. These studentships are governed by UKRI/EPSRC student eligibility rules and applicants should check whether they will be eligible. Applications received from self-funded/sponsored international and EU students are welcome and will be considered.

Prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students seeking funding advice can visit Postgraduate Study Fees and Funding.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Throughout the degree, you will have access to world-leading experts and industrial engagement, providing you with the opportunity to learn about real-world challenges and how industry tackles them.

During the first year of the programme you will undertake a range of units allowing you time to build knowledge and ignite your curiosity. In addition, there will be opportunities for transferable skills training.

Following this first year of structured units, you will progress to the research component of the programme. At this stage students will be able to perform their own research at an internationally publishable standard. They will also be able to document and communicate their findings to peers and expert practitioners in the field.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for the first year of this programme.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

The Interactive Artificial Intelligence CDT is primarily aimed at students with a first degree in engineering or science and with strong programming skills, but will also consider applicants with suitable skills acquired in employment.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

Interactive human-in-the-loop AI systems have extremely wide applicability: the industry sectors of our partners include AI hardware, banking and finance, cloud computing, consumer devices, cyber security, digital democracy, entertainment, geo-mapping, mission-critical solutions, online retail, social networks and sustainable energy.

Interactive AI doctoral graduates will be highly employable in these and many other industry sectors, as well as government bodies and NGOs all over the globe.

Staff profiles

Bristol Interaction Group

Intelligent Systems Laboratory

How to apply
Application deadline:

Recruitment information and application deadline dates for this programme can be found on UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Interactive Artificial Intelligence. The programme will close once places are filled on or before 31 July 2021. Early application is recommended.

Open days and visits

Register for our virtual open week.

Get in touch

Interactive AI CDT Programme Enquiries Email: iai-cdt-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

Postgraduate Research Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4753 or +44 (0)117 331 5232 Email: sceem-pgr-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

School website: School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Maths (SCEEM)
Department website: Department of Computer Science

International students

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Bristol Doctoral College

The Bristol Doctoral College facilitates and supports doctoral training and researcher development across the University.

REF 2014 results

  • Computer Science and Informatics:
  • 31% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 56% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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