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

Applications for Cohort 2, starting in September 2020, are now open. The deadline for applications is 31st May 2020.

You can apply through the University of Sheffield’s Postgraduate Online Application System. Please see our Application Instructions for guidance through the application process.

Applications will be reviewed within 6 weeks of this deadline and successful applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held in Sheffield.

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

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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