Application process

The online application form is administered centrally by The University of Manchester. Follow the instructions given on the apply page, and select 'PhD Computer Science (CDT)' as your chosen programme. The application form allows you to supply additional information as separate sheets. We ask you to provide as additional a statement of intent, which tells us:

  • Why you are applying for a CDT award
  • Why you believe you are well qualified to undertake a PhD
  • What areas of research you are most interested in
  • Your current perspective of why these areas are important and worth studying
  • Any other information you consider relevant, for example, we would be very interested to know about any publications you have produced or are in the process of producing. Also, any relevant work experience would be of interest to us

If you wish, you may contact any member of our staff to discuss your application and gain some impression of specific areas of our research. If you have a preference for working on a particular research project under the supervision of a particular member of our staff, you may enter the staff member's name and the title of a project or research area, in the 'proposed research' section of the application form. However, you are not obliged to select a specific research topic or a PhD supervisor at the application stage. You may leave the 'proposed research' section of the application form blank, or enter 'to be decided'. The procedure for CDT applications is a little different from other PhD applications in this respect, as supervisors are generally matched with students according to research interests once the programme has commenced.

Your application will be presented to a short-listing panel which meets regularly during the year. The criteria are academic qualifications, supporting statements from referees familiar with the demands of academic research and the quality of the statement of intent. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview, shortly after each panel meeting.

Applications will be considered as long as there are CDT awards remaining, or if extra funding becomes available.

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