The CDT is now accepting applications for September 2021 entry. The deadline for round 1 applications is 11:59pm on 4th January 2021, however early application is recommended. Interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 8th February 2021 and may be online.
Introduction to Horizon CDT for Potential Applicants
Professor Steve Benford CDT Director
2-3pm on Wednesday 9th December 2020
Register your interest here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HNZJHTS
Please read the guidance on this page carefully to give your application the best chance of success.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a capability to undertake and benefit from research training through to completion, to qualify for a doctorate.
This normally requires an upper second class honours degree, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level.
Under our funding arrangements, Horizon CDT PhD studentships are open to both UK and international candidates, but with a limited number of places available for international candidates. Places cannot be guaranteed to any/all international applicants. If successful, international candidates would not be expected to make up the difference in fee themselves – other sources of funding would be sought.
For EU and international students whose first language is not English an IELTS average score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any element, an acceptable alternative qualification is required – see: University of Nottingham policy on minimum English language entry requirements.
The Horizon CDT PhD programme is not a “traditional” PhD. Please review the information on the Horizon CDT website so you understand how our programme works. In particular we recommend you review:
Approximately 14 fully funded studentships are available each year to start in late September. The CDT usually recruits over 2 or 3 rounds of applications beginning in November.
Eligible complete applications received by the deadline are assessed and ranked by a shortlisting panel against our assessment criteria* to produce a shortlist of candidates to be invited for academic interview (due to the current COVID the interview may take place online).
Following a successful academic interview, the CDT will then seek to “match” candidates with a theme and external partner (based on the candidates’ interests and experience). Partner interviews are usually carried out online. The CDT will make every effort to match candidates with suitable partners, but this cannot be guaranteed. An offer can only be made after a successful interview with an external partner.
Eligible candidates are assessed by a multidisciplinary shortlisting/interview panel and should demonstrate:
All applications must be made online before the advertised deadline. Please check that you have included all the required documentation and evidence with your application, otherwise we will not be able to include your application in our shortlisting process which begins immediately after the closing date. We recommend early application.
In your application, you must include:
You do not need to identify a supervisor or include a research proposal with your application as the project and the supervisory team will be formulated during the first year. However if you are interested in a very specific theme, please indicate this in your personal statement.
We can only accept applications made online through the MyNottingham system. Please contact the CDT Manager if this will present difficulties.
You will receive an email from Admissions confirming your application has been successfully submitted the following day. Please check your Spam folder if you don’t receive it.
The University Admissions Team or the CDT Manager may contact you to provide missing/further information. Please respond promptly to ensure your application can be reviewed by the shortlisting committee. If the information is received too late, we may not be able to consider your application for this recruitment round.
Please let your referees know that the University will shortly be contacting them for a reference, and suggest they to check their Spam folder if the email does not appear in due course.
You will be informed of the result of your application by email approximately 4 weeks after the closing date.