Current Opportunities

Apply now to join our 2019 PhD cohort

Round 1 closing date: 14th January 2019
Proposed interview dates: 4th and 5th February 2019.

We are interested in students from a wide variety of backgrounds including computer science, engineering, mathematics, human factors, psychology, sociology, business, geography, social science and the arts. Applicants must possess an excellent first degree and demonstrate an enthusiasm for transdisciplinary research.

The technologies of digital identity and personal data raise some of the most profound technical and social challenges facing our digital society today. Our digital identities will define the interfaces to the future services that we will use for entertainment, wellbeing, government, transport, energy, retail and finance – indeed for every aspect of our lives. They will be constructed from our personal data, digital records that capture who we are and the histories of our digital, physical and social interactions.

The Horizon CDT offers you the opportunity to shape the future by recognising a growing public awareness of the value of personal data, the exciting opportunities that this presents and addressing concerns over how data are being created, analysed and used. Our vision is to create digital identity technologies that operate in a fair and transparent manner to empower their users. This is a transdisciplinary challenge, one that needs to bring together expertise in digital technologies, digital identity and a deep understanding of real-world applications.

We do not expect that every student will be an expert in all of the areas mentioned above; our aim is to train people to work in transdisciplinary teams, ready to become future leaders in industry, the third sector and academia.

Our students also work closely with world leading industry and international partners through supervision, internships, access to resources and expertise and sponsorship. You will join an established programme led by Professor Steve Benford, previously an EPSRC Dream Fellow, Visiting Researcher at Microsoft, the BBC’s first Visiting Professor, and the recipient of four BAFTA nominations; and Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, who led the Human Factors Research Group, and is Past President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics.

You will benefit from:

  • A fully-funded four year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with research training in transdisciplinary skills.
  • An internship with one of our partners.
  • A stipend of up to £17,000 per annum
  • Being part of a cohort of high achieving PhD researchers.
  • A world class research environment with a proven track record of successful Horizon CDT graduates.

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.

We have fully funded places for UK/Home and EU nationals.

Places are also available for those in receipt of four year independent funding/scholarships.

How to apply

Please see the How to Apply section to download our application form.

Recruitment process

The  closing date for our first round of recruitment is 14th January 2019.  After the closing date applications will be reviewed by a shortlisting committee and candidates will be notified by email regarding the outcome of the shortlisting meeting.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an academic interview at the University on the 4th or 5th February 2019, and if successful their research interests will be matched to the interests of our partners. Candidates who pass the academic interview will also need to pass a partner interview before an offer can be made. The academic interview date is advertised however candidates should be aware partner interviews will be organised following the outcome of the academic interviews therefore the partner interview dates are unknown at this time. Partner interviews are usually carried out via Skype.

Student experience video

In this short video below, CDT student Pepita Stringer shares her experiences of studying for a transdisciplinary PhD within the Horizon My Life in Data CDT.