You will undertake high quality research that is relevant to the needs of industry alongside a comprehensive training programme addressing core and professional skills – gaining a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in SLT Leadership integrated with your PhD.
The CDT offers a unique combination of industry-driven projects covering all areas of natural language processing (NLP) and speech processing research, including natural language analysis and generation, information retrieval, text mining (including sentiment analysis), question answering, machine translation, speech and speaker recognition, diarisation, machine hearing, novel methods of interaction and dialogue, and detection and analysis of paralinguistics.
You will receive 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
As a student in the CDT, you will have a far superior level of support and training to that of a ‘conventional’ PhD studentship. You will receive 4 years of enhanced funding (including fees and a tax-free bursary of £17,000 per year), a generous personal research budget, specific training on core SLT expertise, industry-led teaching, CDT-wide cross-disciplinary mini-projects, and much more.
Training is designed to lead you through a programme that will progressively expand your level of expertise, in research and professionally.
The bespoke cohort-based PGDip training programme running over the entire four years provides you with 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 first 6 months of the training programme will provide you with foundational SLT and general research training. During this time, you will also work with our industrial partners and academic supervisors to refine an industry-originated research project proposal. After this 6 month period, you will commence your PhD research.
You will complete a training needs analysis when you first arrive to help identify which programme of modules you should take. This will be revisited when you start your PhD research project.
An overview of the programme can be found below.
Four year training programme
The CDT training programme is organised into training years, where each year contains a range of specific activities.
PGDip taught modules
The programme requires the completion of 120 credits of modules over your four year course. In your first year, you will study 75 credits – two 15 credit core modules, plus three 15 credit optional modules. In your second, third and fourth years you will study one 15 credit core module per year. For details of the core and optional modules, please see below
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we’ll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption