Training is designed to lead students through a programme that will progressively expand their level of expertise, in research and professionally.
A range of core modules will be taken by students. The modules will be delivered by academics in the Department of Computer Science and complemented by teaching from other departments including the School of Maths and Statistics (SoMAS).
A training needs analysis will be undertaken by all students when they first arrive to help identify which programme of modules they should take. This is run by the University of Sheffield Doctoral Development Programme.
An overview of the programme can be found below. For more detailed information, download our brochure.
The CDT training programme is organised into training years, where each year contains a range of specific activities.
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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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
Entry and Applying
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
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 women, minority groups and members of other 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 January 2020. Approximately 13 studentships are available.
Applications will be reviewed within 4 weeks of this deadline and successful applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held in Sheffield.
Should there still be places available, applications will be re-opened with a second deadline in May 2020. Applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements (please see below for details) will have their applications assessed after the second deadline.
If you have any questions about applying please email us at:
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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:
- 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).