How to Apply

Horizon CDT PhD Studentships for Sept 2020 Entry


Entry Requirements

We are unable to consider applications that don’t meet our entry requirements.  The minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 undergraduate degree. For non-native English language speakers an IELTS average score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any element is required.  Unfortunately, due to our funding restrictions, we cannot consider international applicants unless they can provide evidence in the application that they have already secured funding for all 4 years.

Recruitment Process

All applications must be submitted online following the instructions below.

You must include: a CV, copies of certificates/transcripts (where relevant), and a Personal Statement.  The personal statement should include a brief statement of your research interests, how they relate to the Horizon CDT’s research themes and why you are applying to this particular programme.  Please keep this statement to a maximum of 2 pages length.

You do not need to identify  a supervisor or include a research proposal with your application as the project will be formulated during the first year. However if you are interested in a specific theme, please indicate this on your application.

After the closing date, applications are reviewed by a shortlisting committee and candidates notified by email regarding the outcome of the shortlisting meeting.  Successfully shortlisted candidates are then invited to an academic interview at the CDT.

Criteria for assessment – candidates are assessed by a multidisciplinary shortlisting/interview panel and should demonstrate:

  • A high level of intellectual ability
  • Evidence of prior thinking around the challenges of the CDT topic focus
  • An aptitude for inter-disciplinary research.

Following a successful academic interview, the CDT will then seek to “match” candidates with a theme and external partner.  If the candidate passes the partner interview, a formal offer of a studentship will then be made. Partner interviews are usually carried out via Skype.

Application Instructions

Note – If you have difficulty logging into the MyNottingham system, please try again later.  If the problem persists more than 24 hours, please email for advice. 

  1. Open MyNottingham – 
  2. If you are a current or recent University of Nottingham student, log in as usual and click on Applications.

If you are not a UoN student, click on the Apply for a Course button and create an account on the applications system (noting the username/ID and password you choose). You will receive a confirmation email, simply follow the link in the email back to MyNottingham, enter your new Username and password and click Sign In.

  1. Click on Make/New Application, to start your application to the Horizon CDT. Please choose the following options to complete the appropriate boxes in the form:
    • Campus: United Kingdom
    • Indicate if international student as appropriate
    • Course level: Postgraduate Research
    • Select your Term: 2020 Academic Year
    • In search for a course of study, enter Horizon as a keyword and click Search.
    • Select Doctor of Philosophy – Digital Economy Horizon CDT
    • Choose Full time (please contact the CDT if you wish to study part time)
    • Select your start date: 1st October (please note, the programme’s Welcome Week begins Monday 21st September 2020 – you will need to be available from 21st September.
  1. Click Confirm Selection
  2. Enter your personal details and other information in the relevant sections of the form (click Save after completing each section).

Important Notes

    • Research Details – please enter “Not required for CDT applications” in the “Research Topic” and “Topic Description” fields – the rest should be left blank.
    • Personal Statement – either complete this section OR upload a Personal Statement in Supporting Documents. Your application cannot be considered without a personal statement. If you are applying for a specific theme/partner please indicate this in your personal statement.
    • References – At least 2 references are required, at least one of the references must be from an academic referee.
    • Supporting Documents – please upload a CV, Personal Statement (if not entered above), and copies of certificates/transcripts where relevant. A research proposal is not required.
  1. When you have entered all the required information, click Submit Application.