Why apply?

Our training programme is unlike any other PhD programme. In addition to the Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), you will also complete a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in SLT Leadership. This bespoke and unique programme will provide the necessary skills for academic and industrial leadership in the field, based on elements covering core SLT skills, research software engineering (RSE), ethics, innovation, entrepreneurship, management, and societal responsibility.

The SLT CDT offers you the following benefits:

  • Four-year fully-funded studentship covering all fees and an enhanced stipend (£17,000 pa)
  • Generous personal allowance for research-related travel, conference attendance, specialist equipment, etc.
  • A full-time PhD with integrated PGDip incorporating 6 months of foundational SLT training prior to starting your research project
  • Bespoke cohort-based training programme running over the entire four years.
  • Every PhD project underpinned by a real-world application, directly supported by one of over 30 industry partners.
  • Support for internships with our external industrial project partners
  • Supervision from a team of over 20 internationally leading SLT researchers, covering all core areas of modern SLT research, and a broader pool of over 50 academics in cognate disciplines with interests in SLTs and their application
  • Exposure to the cross-disciplinary approaches and co-creation of novel SLT methods and applications with external partners
  • A dedicated CDT workspace within a collaborative and inclusive research environment hosted by the Department of Computer Science
  • Work and live in Sheffield – a cultural centre on the edge of the Peak District National Park which is in the top 10 most affordable UK university cities.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or be expecting to obtain, a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree or masters (ideally distinction) degree in a relevant discipline. Suitable backgrounds are (but not limited to):

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Regardless of background, you must be able to demonstrate mathematical aptitude (minimally to A-Level standard or equivalent) and experience of programming.

We will also consider applicants with a professional background, so long as they are able to provide evidence of demonstrable academic skills as well as practical experience.

We particularly encourage applications from members of  groups that are underrepresented in technology.

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet our English Language Requirements. We ask for IELTS 7.5 overall, with no less than 7.0 in each component. Equivalent scores in other other English language qualifications are welcome; see the University’s guidance for more information on permitted qualifications.

How to apply

The latest round of applications for Cohort 2, starting in September 2020, has now closed. We may reopen applications for Cohort 2 over the summer if places are still available – email your contact details to sltcdt-enquiries@sheffield.ac.uk to ensure you are informed of this.

If you have any questions about applying please take a look at our FAQ. If you can’t find an answer to your question there, please email us at sltcdt-enquiries@sheffield.ac.uk

Please note we will retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about applying to study at the CDT only. Your contact details will not be used for any other topic, nor passed on to anybody else.


CDT studentships

CDT studentships fund four years of study, covering the annual university fees, and providing a highly competitive (enhanced) stipend. To be considered for one of the studentships, candidates will need to satisfy the EPSRC funding eligibility criteria. In particular, to be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees), a student must have (and be able to evidence):

  • settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay,
  • been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences); and,
  • not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

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