Computer Science: Fully Funded EPSRC CDT PhD Scholarships in Enhancing Human Interactions and Collaborations with Data and Intelligence Driven Systems (RS185)

Closing date: 1 March 2023

Key Information

Funding provider: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Subject area: Computer Science

Project start date:

  • 1 October 2023 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Supervisors: Professor Matt Jones, Dr Simon Robinson, Dr Jen Pearson

Aligned programme of study: Enhancing Human Collaborations and Interactions with Data and Intelligence-Driven Systems, CDT Integrated MSc and PhD

Mode of study:  Full or Part-time study is possible.

Project description:

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Enhancing Human Interactions and Collaborations with Data and Intelligence – Call for Applications for 4 year Funded research studentships.

We are looking for people who are committed to changing the world via world-class research that focuses on amplifying human capabilities through the use of data driven and intelligence enabled systems. The programme spans 4 years and includes an integrated Masters.

Working alongside a rich and diverse set of industrial, public and third sector partners – including Facebook, Tata, Ordnance Survey, Amicus Therapeutics, NHS and Google – successful candidates will use a people-first approach to drive exciting, adventurous and impactful scientific breakthroughs.

The Centre, funded by the UK’s Premier Science and Engineering body, the EPSRC, is housed in the £32.5M state-of-the art Computational Foundry at Swansea University. Members of our Centre will be nurtured by multidisciplinary supervisors who are globally leading research agendas in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Management, Medicine and Social Care and Law.

Candidates should have an aptitude and ability in computational thinking and methods including the ability to write software or enthusiasm to learn how to do so. While such aptitude might be evidenced by a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering, we are building a community that aspires to have a high degree of diversity of perspective. So, if you have a background in Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences; Law; Management for instance, please be encouraged to apply.

For future AI and big data technologies to serve society and the economy effectively, they will need to be created and critiqued by a diverse and wide set of perspectives as possible: we welcome applications from anyone who feels they can help in the mission of the Centre.

This year, we have 11 fully funded places (fees plus maintenance stipend set at the UKRI rate, currently £17,668 per annum for 2022/23 for full-time students, updated each year). Places are also available for those in receipt of four-year external funding.

Eligibility

CDT studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an aptitude and ability in computational thinking and methods including the ability to write software or enthusiasm to learn how to do so. While such aptitude might be evidenced by a degree in Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematics, we are building a community that aspires to have a high degree of diversity of perspective. So, if you have a background in the Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences; Law; Management, etc. then please be encouraged to apply. The minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 undergraduate degree or Swansea University recognised equivalent. See ‘country specific information for European and international applicants (available at the bottom of the page)'. 

For non-native English language speakers, an IELTS average score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any element is required. Please see the University’s English Language requirements.

These scholarships are open to candidates of any nationality.

ATAS

Please note that the programme requires some applicants to hold ATAS clearance, further details on ATAS scheme eligibility are available on the UK Government website.

ATAS clearance IS NOT required  to be held as part of the scholarship application process, successful award winners (as appropriate) are provided with details as to how to apply for ATAS clearance in tandem with scholarship course offer.

Pending Qualification Study

To meet University concurrent study regulations, current study is required to be awarded/completed (as appropriate) prior to the course/scholarship start date, 25 September 2023. This date supersedes any current course of study schedule/submission deadlines. 

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility. 

If you have any questions regarding your academic or fee eligibility based on the above, please email pgrscholarships@swansea.ac.uk with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in. 

Funding

These scholarships cover the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend (currently £17,668 per annum for 2022/23 for full-time students, updated each year).

Additional research expenses will also be available. 

How to Apply

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

  1. Course choice – please select Computer Science / Ph.D. / Full-time / 3 Year / October

    In the event you have already applied for the above programme previously, the application system may issue a warning notice and prevent application, in this event, please email pgrscholarships@swansea.ac.uk where staff will be happy to assist you in submitting your application.

  2. Start year – please select 2023
  3. Funding (page 8) –
  • ‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
  • ‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS185 - 1&3 EHI

*It is the responsibility of the applicant to list the above information accurately when applying, please note that applications received without the above information listed will not be considered for the scholarship award.

One application is required per individual Swansea University led research scholarship award; applications cannot be considered listing multiple Swansea University led research scholarship awards.

We encourage you to complete the following to support our commitment to providing an environment free of discrimination and celebrating diversity at Swansea University: 

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via email):

  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • A statement no longer than 2 pages of A4 in length that explains why you want to join our Centre and what you will bring to our community. You should outline the sorts of AI and big data challenges you are interested in and which of our challenging contexts that particularly appeal to you. You do not need to specify a detailed research plan at this time though as this will be shaped during the first year.
  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form. Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)

For an informal discussion about your application, please contact the Centre Director, Professor Matt Jones (Director-Enhance-CDT@swansea.ac.uk). For other enquiries please contact CDT Project Manager, Dr Sherryl Bellfield (epsrc-cdt-enhance-apply@swansea.ac.uk).

*External Partner Application Data Sharing – Please note that as part of the scholarship application selection process, application data sharing may occur with external partners outside of the University, when joint/co- funding of a scholarship project is applicable.