Please see Current Opportunities for projects that are available for September 2023 entry along with our application deadlines and any specific entry requirements.
The Horizon CDT 4 year PhD programme is not a “traditional” PhD programme, please make sure you understand how the programme works before applying – see: Programme Details
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. For some studentships additional criteria apply and these are stated in the description in Current Opportunities.
Please note we have now filled our international student quota for 2023 entry, so remaining projects are open to UK Home students only. Note – Irish nationals living in the UK or Republic of Ireland or students who have ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme will, subject to meeting eligibility criteria, be treated as UK home students for fee purposes. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will, subject to meeting eligibility criteria, also continue to be eligible for UK home fee status, when entering courses at UK universities any time up to and including 31 December 2027.
For students whose first language is not English an up-to-date IELTS with an average score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any element, or an acceptable alternative qualification is required for entry to the Horizon CDT programme. You do not need to provide test results or evidence of alternative qualifications at the application stage unless you already have them. See also: University of Nottingham policy on minimum English language entry requirements.
All applications are made online and must be fully submitted before the specified deadline above. Please make sure that you provide all the information requested and that you meet all eligibility requirements, or your application will be rejected. Eligible applications are assessed by a shortlisting panel against our assessment criteria to produce a shortlist of candidates who are invited for academic interviews. You will be informed whether or not you are being invited for an interview within 4 weeks of the closing date.
Following a successful academic interview, the CDT will start to “match” candidates with the appropriate theme and external partner (based on the candidates’ stated 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 of a PhD studentship can only be made after a successful interview with an external partner.
Applications are assessed by a multidisciplinary shortlisting/ interview panel, against the following criteria:
It is therefore important that your application clearly demonstrates how you meet the above criteria. The CDT provides a Horizon CDT Personal Statement Form structured around the above criteria which you must complete and upload in your application.
In your online application, you must include:
Please indicate which theme(s) you are interested in on the Horizon CDT Personal Statement Form. Applicants do not need to identify a supervisor or include a research proposal with their application – in the Horizon CDT model, the research proposal and the supervisory team are developed during the first year.
Please read all the information on this page, then download and follow the Horizon CDT Step by Step Application Guide April 2023(pdf) carefully to give your application the best chance of success.
You will normally receive an email from the University Admissions Team to confirm your application has been received the following working day. Please check your Spam folder if you don’t receive it.
You may be requested to provide further information, please note that you will have a 1 week deadline to provide this.
Please let your referees know that the University will be contacting them shortly for a reference, and suggest they check their Spam folder if the email does not appear in due course.
You will be informed whether you have been shortlisted for an academic interview by email approximately 4 weeks after the closing date.