About the Centre

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications offers an integrated, cohort-driven environment in which to undertake world-leading research and provides a coherent advanced training network for the communications community nationally and develops the skilled and entrepreneurial engineers needed to underpin the future of the industry.

With the support of national and international companies the Centre is helping to build UK capability in this key area by addressing the skills shortage in the sector.

The University of Bristol has been a world leader in this field for over 25 years.

The Programme

The Centre has very strong links with industry (both nationally and internationally). Industry proposed many of the projects and provides secondments to sponsored students.

The programme consists of a taught first year followed by a three year PhD research project combined with transferable skills training, equipping graduates with the key skills to lead work in a wide variety of roles in either industry or academia.

Details of projects being undertaken are available on our projects web page.

The Centre has a strong cohort atmosphere – providing support across cohorts for common issues. Students work together on projects, skills development and outreach activities. During their studies students develop close links with relevant research groups across the University; providing opportunities to work with experts in the subject. Students work with academics, postdoctoraal and other postgraduate researchers based in the Communication Systems & Networks group, the Visual Information Laboratory, the High Performance Networks group, the Intelligent Systems group and the School of Mathematics.

On graduating students will have gained the skills and knowledge to become future leaders in the sector; intellectually leading, and with an understanding of the commercial implications of their research.


**We are no longer recruiting for this programme.**

The CDT offers an opportunity to work on research that is at the forefront of both academia, and industry. The taught year provides students from varying disciplines with the skills to prepare them for their PhD. The support between the cohorts also helps in transitioning to another field and makes for a great atmosphere.

Adam Sutton (COMMUNICATIONS PHD, 2021)

The taught component in the first year is a solid first step into choosing your perfect research subject for the following PhD years.

Abia Amin ( 2017-)
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