Current Opportunities

Fully funded PhD studentships for September 2023

Application Deadline:  closed
Academic interviews: 
week commencing 5th June 2023
Industry partner interviews:
week commencing 12th June 2023

Start Date: Monday, 25th September 2023

We are an interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training welcoming PhD applicants from a wide range of backgrounds including computer science, engineering, mathematics, human factors, human-robot interaction, psychology, sociology, business, geography, social science, law, medicine/health sciences and the arts.  Applicants must demonstrate an enthusiasm for transdisciplinary research, with a 2:1 honours degree, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level.

Applications for Horizon CDT studentships are now closed and interviews will take place shortly.  The following descriptions are provided for background only.

Artificial Intelligence Powered Sustainable Manufacturing

Human-Robot Interaction

About the Horizon CDT PhD Programme

Our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data is establishing technologies and methods to enable producers and consumers in the Digital Economy to co-create smarter products in smarter ways, re-establishing trust in the use of personal data. Smarter products combine physical and digital technologies to deliver personalised blends of goods, services and user experiences. These are made through co-creation and data creativity in which consumers actively engage in shaping the products they use, contributing to sustainable and resilient societies.

The Centre brings together leading figures from computing and engineering as well as the social sciences, business and humanities from the University of Nottingham; plus researchers from the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. We are co-funded by EPSRC and over 40 industry, third-sector and international partners.

Our students are innovating applications across sectors including consumer goods, creative industries, high-value products, and health and wellbeing – seeking out new synergies between them. We do not expect every student to 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 innovative four-year PhD programme combines research, technical and professional skills training, an internship with a partner organisation, and opportunities for international exchanges. The programme is led by Director 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.

Horizon CDT students benefit from:

  • A fully-funded four-year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with research training in transdisciplinary skills.
  • An external/industry partner to help embed your research in the real world.
  • Placement with a partner organisation and opportunities for international exchange.
  • A generous enhanced annual stipend  (£19,981 for 2022/23 – awaiting confirmation for 2023/24).
  • Being part of a cohort of high-achieving PhD researchers.
  • A world-class research environment with a track record of 85+ Horizon CDT graduates to date.
  • Developing highly sought after interdisciplinary skills and experience.

PhD student experience video

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

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Horizon: Creating our Lives in Data is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under grant reference EP/S023305/1.