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.
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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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; Engineering; Linguistics; Mathematics; Physics; Psychology. 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.
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.
How to apply
The Centre officially opened on 1st April 2019 with our first intake cohort of students starting late September 2019.
We are currently accepting formal applications and you can apply through the University of Sheffield’s Postgraduate Online Application Form. We expect to close applications for the coming academic year by the end of July 2019.
Please see our Admissions Guide for the supporting documents we require and the information to include in your supporting statement.
Please note, due to our programme regulation approval, you are currently making an application to our standard PhD programme. Once we have our CDT programme fully set up, you will have the opportunity to transfer to that programme.
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 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).