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Programme description

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Computer Science is a division of the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. Its function is to provide PhD research programmes according to a new four year model accepted by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of its new focus on the future of PhD training within the UK. Each programme consists of an initial `foundation period' of six months followed by a 3.5 year period of focused PhD level research, carried out under the supervision of a PhD supervisor.

Further details can be found on the CDT programme webpages.


PhD study through the Centre for Doctoral Training has benefits both in terms of the value-added activities offered as part of the programme, but also as a result of the unique student experience on offer.

In the first year, the students will be trained as a cohort, and will have a wide range of activities together. In the second and subsequent years students will become part of a research group or project team, participating in research group activities, and ultimately giving presentations at international conferences and workshops associated with their research area. However, a number of activities will run across the latter years of the programme to maintain group cohesion including a mentoring scheme, graduate seminar series and the use of social networking and e-learning tools.

Special features

The Manchester Centre for Doctoral Training in Computer Science is led by Professor Steve Furber and proposes a new model of PhD training which preserves the deep technical research study associated with the UK PhD, while augmenting this with training and practical experience in creativity and innovation, scientific evaluation, and experiences working with and communicating with users from outside academia.

Programme unit details

The course units are taught modules within the School of Computer Science's Taught MSc courses. The MSc courses are divided into themes. CDT students may take any foundation module, which is taught in Teaching Block 1, and any advanced module taught during Teaching Block 2 for which they have the prerequisites. Details of these units can be found here .

Scholarships and bursaries

We expect to be able to offer in the region of 15 fully funded studentships for UK and EU students. Studentships pay all tuition fees and a full stipend for 4 years.

There are currently no studentships available for overseas students. International students who are sponsored by recognised funding bodies may apply to the Centre for Doctoral Training, but they will not eligible to apply for CDT awards. Evidence of such funding must be provided with any application.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: