Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find some of the frequently asked questions and answers that prospective PhD students may have about the Centre.

How will I choose my PhD topic?

You will be recruited to a research theme when you join the centre. Each research theme will have an external partner (from industry or a partner organisation) and one academic theme leader. Your PhD topic will evolve in partnership with your theme leader and external collaborator during the first six months in the centre.  In the first year you will attend a number of modules by potential supervisors associated with the CDT and be encouraged to have informal meetings with those whose areas you are interested in pursuing.  You will start on your PhD proposal as soon as you join the centre and be required to complete this by June of your first year.  The academic staff within the centre will help you with this.

Which research groups are involved in the CDT?

The principal supervisors are based in the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, Mixed Reality Lab, Human Factors Research Group (Faculty of Engineering), Intelligent Modelling and Analysis Research Group, Computer Vision Lab, Nottingham Geospatial Institute, Institute for Science and Society, Schools of English, Psychology and the Business School.  Second supervisors may be from other schools or departments within the University of Nottingham.

How will my supervisor be allocated?

Your supervision team will be determined through discussions between yourself, academics within the Horizon centre and external partners as your PhD topic evolves. The supervision team will be confirmed by the Centre Director, Training Programme Manager and Research Theme Leader by month 8-10 of year 1. All students will have two supervisors from different research areas to ensure that the research topics are transdisciplinary and most will have an external supervisor from a partner organisation

What are the taught elements I will be taking?

The programme is tightly integrated, but the core elements (modules) cover:  Advance Research Practice, Enabling Technologies, Future Products, Impact Plans, Innovation and Technology Transfer, Literature Review, Peer-reviewed Publication, Placement (Internship),  Planning Your Thesis, Responsible Research and Innovation, Sprint Project, Writing Your Thesis.  Optional modules include Cognitive Ergonomics, Contemporary Issues in Human Factors and Interactive Systems,, Machine Learning, Programming, Qualitative research methods, Engaging with conferences, Summer School/Doctoral Colloquia, Outreach and Exhibitions.

How am I assessed?

Taught modules are assessed primarily by coursework and some taught modules have examinations as well.  At the end of each year, normally in June, you will have an annual review which will check your progression is satisfactory.  This will be conducted by your supervision team, but a member of the CDT Management team may also be present.  There will be a minimum average mark required for taught modules.

Where will I be based?

In the first year you will be based in the dedicated CDT space on Jubilee Campus.  In years 2-4 you will move to the research group of your principal supervisor, which may be on Jubilee or University Park Campus.

What funding will I receive?

All home students and others eligible for full funding will receive a stipend of upto £17,400 per annum (2021 entry), a laptop and their tuition fees will be paid.  In addition, all agreed research costs will be supported by the CDT.  If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact the Centre Manager.

What is an internship?

You will undertake a three month internship within one of our partner industrial organisations.  You will still receive your stipend and in addition may be paid by the Company for your time and the work you conduct there may not be directly related to your specific PhD topic, but will be relevant to the CDT focus.

When will each cohort start?

Each cohort of students starts in late September.