University of Bristol


The UK's only interdisciplinary EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications offers graduates of electrical and electronic engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics or similar numerate disciplines a vibrant and stimulating environment in which to undertake research. The centre, funded by EPSRC and industry, addresses the shortage of highly skilled communications engineers by training postgraduates and exposing them to ground-breaking research. The centre brings together world-leading experts from academia and industry. Bristol benefits from a high concentration of communication-related industries in the region. A number of these organisations work closely with the centre and provide industrial training and support, enabling you to obtain skills that will maximise your employability. The programme will equip you with the necessary skills to work in a wide variety of roles to lead innovative research, future product development and exploitation. Past PhD topics have included: + Adaptive broadcast transmission with end-user metrics; + Robust, intelligent video data links; + Massive MIMO for high capacity 5G networks; + Wireless SDN integration in heterogeneous networks and 5G; + Multiple antenna techniques and raptor codes for vehicular communications; + Integrated, user-centered health sensing; + Leveraging SDN to deliver scalable and energy efficient M2M networks; + Optimization of machine-to-machine communication in large scale networks; + Target designation and surveillance for live aerial imagery; + Stochastic geometry and wireless networks; + Next generation conformal antenna arrays for sensors and communications; + MU-MIMO techniques; + Passive intrusion detection methodology in IoT network systems; + Wireless connectivity in autonomous vehicles; + Biologically inspired vision systems; + SDN (Software Defined Network) Solutions for High-criticality Networks; + Efficient power amplifiers for IoT machine-to-machine devices.

Course modules

he four-year programme consists of a one-year taught component with a range of core and optional units, group and individual research projects designed to extend and broaden key skills, followed by a three-year solo PhD research project. A topic for the PhD will be chosen towards the end of the taught year. Training is provided in the form of lectures, bespoke transferable skills courses and workshops, along with a diverse seminar programme given by leaders in their field. Successful applicants will join a close-knit team of students. The programme has been designed to allow flexibility in assumed previous knowledge, with advanced units building on a common core. The centre is committed to providing additional training in skills that will help your personal development, in both your academic studies and your professional careers. Bespoke entrepreneurial training will be available. This will focus on a small number of critical subject areas to prepare you to become entrepreneurial leaders in UK corporations, start-­ups or academia. Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for the first year of the EPSRC Communications CDT programme. (

Sponsorship information

Enhanced studentships covering fees and living costs (a tax-free stipend of £17,000 in year 1 and £18,000 in years 2-4) are available to UK/EU citizens. To be eligible, UK/EU applicants must have been resident in the UK for three years prior to application. A small number of studentships may be available to EU nationals resident in the EU. Funding is not available for international students. Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students. (


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 GBP 9,235 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 GBP 20,700 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 GBP 4,235 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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