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Data-Centric Engineering

Applications and Entry Requirements

Applications for the January 2021 CDT in Data-Centric Engineering programme are now open. 

Who should apply

Candidates should usually have an undergraduate degree of 2:1 or above in a relevant subject such as Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science, with at least at least three years relevant full-time employment (or equivalent) prior to applying to the programme and through the application process can demonstrate relevant work based competencies. We welcome applicants who have taken a career break.

Candidates without a relevant degree or qualifications below a 2:1 degree can be considered on a case by case basis should they have at least five years of relevant work experience post-degree, and through the application process can demonstrate work-based competencies. Depending on the academic study, we may look for at least 10 years of relevant work experience.

How to apply

We are hosting two online workshops to support you to apply:

Workshop 1 - Thursday 1st October, Enhance your career in Data Engineering, to find out more and sign up please click here: 

Workshop 2 - Wednesday 7th October, Communicating your competencies and skills, to find out more and sign up please click here: 

To apply for the CDT in Data-Centric Engineering, complete the online application form. The deadline for applications is Sunday 18 October 2020.

Your application will need to include:

  • A description of up to five of your work based competencies illustrated through workplace projects and work (300 to 700 words). Relevant work based competencies include: Problem solving, Innovation, Critical analysis, Adaptability, Responsibility, and Communication;
  • A self-reflective summary on the skills that you have identified that you believe that you need to develop in order to undertake doctoral level research (200 to 500 words);
  • A proposal for a PhD level research project that you are keen to undertake along with a description of how this fits within the aims of the Data-Centric Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training (300 to 700 words).

All candidates will need to provide two references with their application, with one of these being a recent employment reference. Sponsored employees will need a letter of support from the sponsoring or employing company post offer confirming time release from their job.

Short listed applicants will be invited to interview.

To discuss part-time options for this programme please contact Zi Parker, Doctoral College Manager at