How do I apply?

Applications to Loughborough University:

Please select CDT Embedded Intelligence Wolfson School on the Application Portal:
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/

Before you apply: please ensure you have obtained the required supporting documentation. Full details of requirements are available on our application page: http://www.cdt-ei.com/apply-now and include the following:

  • 2 references, one of which should be from an academic referee.
  • Copies of all relevant documents relating to educational qualifications including degree certificate and transcript (if your transcript is not in English an official translation is required)
  • A personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae - this will aid in matching you to a sponsoring company
  • Copy of passport
  • An example of your written work in English (for example,  BSc/MSc thesis chapter, published work showing authorship)
  • If non-UK applicant you will also need to upload a copy of English Language Qualification Certificate (for example IELTS). Please note applications are accepted if you have not yet gained the required English language qualification however you will not be able to be offered an unconditional place until the qualification is obtained. For further details of requirements please visit here.

Please make sure you have successfully uploaded all of the required documentation before submitting your application.

Applications to Heriot Watt University:

Please use the portal below indicating your interest in undertaking a "research degree in Embedded Intelligence through the CDT." On the first screen (Application Type) you should choose "option C", which is PG Research. You should then choose "Electrical PhD" as your programme selection and mention your interest in the "Embedded Intelligence CDT" in your research proposal:
https://myhwu.hw.ac.uk

You will need to supply various documents to support your application. These include:

  • References from two academic sources (applicants with relevant full time work experience may use their current employer as one of the referees)
  • A copy of your degree certificate and relevant transcripts
  • Proof of your ability in the English language (if English is not your mother tongue or if you have not already studied for a degree that was taught in English).

Please ensure you complete all the fields as much as possible.

If need any assistance or have questions please contact us.

What is a Centre for Doctoral Training?

A Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) brings together diverse areas of expertise to provide a supportive and exciting environment for individuals to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle emerging and future challenges.

Students are funded for four years and include technical and transferrable skills training, as well as a research element.

Further information can be found on the EPSRC website

What exactly is EI?

Embedded Intelligence can be defined as making products and services intelligent by enabling them to react to their environment and adapt their behaviour accordingly.

We view Embedded Intelligence as the integration of intelligence into products, processes and services so they work better and can increase productivity, efficiency and connectivity.

This Centre addresses the challenges posed by technical needs ranging from the design stage, through manufacturing of embedded or on-bedded devices, to software behind data collection, as well as integrative technologies to finally the requirements from end-users.

We offer fully funded studentships to eligible candidates in the areas of autonomous products, functional materials, high performance connected systems, data-to-knowledge solutions, and engineering for industry, life and health.

What does this Centre offer to students?
  • An industry sponsored enhanced stipend, together with a personal budget of £10,000 per student to support the student's specific training needs. For 2015/16 academic year the stipend was £17,057 pa and we offered a UK/EU fee waiver.
  • Technical training on all aspects of embedded intelligence enabling students to become conversant in all aspects of Embedded Intelligence.
  • Research conducted at Loughborough University and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with world-leading experts in Embedded Intelligence related areas.
  • Group and individual industry-led projects from the first month of studies with our Industrial partners.
  • Personalised training activities by our main industrial partners.
  • Institute of Leadership and Management validated non-technical courses.
  • Transferable skills training to fulfil the expectations for future leadership roles in industry, in society and as entrepreneurs.
What subjects are relevant to the CDT?

This is a truly multi-disciplinary subject area and we have 45 academic experts from various disciplines: Aeronautical, Automotive, Electrical, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering; Microelectronics, Sensors; Design, Functional Materials, Computer Science and Information Management.

By its very nature Embedded Intelligence requires a multidisciplinary approach for successful implementation.

 

Where can I find details of the research projects on offer?

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence programme is student-centric and industry-focused. Each project has an academic supervisor and sponsoring company and these are allocated to students at the start of the programme.

Details of project currently recruiting can be found on our Apply Now page and Some examples of future PhD projects can be found in the 'Collaborators' page (Loughborough University, Heriot Watt). These are non-exhaustive lists of proposed projects and each project is finalised once the partnership with students and academics with industrial partners is established.

For examples of exisiting projects please visit the Cohort Directory.

What are the key elements of the training?

This is a collaborative centre between two leading universities. Students may spend time at both Loughborough University and Heriot Watt University while they undertake a four-year doctoral training programme. The four aspects of this training are:

  1. Technical Foundation: core and elective modules on all aspects of embedded intelligence to support the focus of their PhD thesis and enable students to become conversant in all aspects of Embedded Intelligence
  2. The “Transition” Zone: non-technical training (i.e. leadership, enterprise, innovation management, personal development and social responsibility) to facilitate the transition both into the Centre and also the eventual exit as an employable, high-value graduate
  3. Cohort-forming and personal research road mapping: Specialist, industrial and international as well as student-led peer-to-peer seminars and briefings
  4. Industry-led projects and on-demand industry training packages: group and individual projects with our core industrial partners as well as personalised training activities
What does the student sponsorship include?

An industry sponsored enhanced stipend is offered, together with a personal budget of £10,000 per student to support the student's specific training needs. For 2017/18 academic year the stipend was £17,553 pa and we offered a UK/EU fee waiver.

Please note: the level of funding offered by this Centre is not sufficient to cover the costs of fees for international students. Therefore, the interested international students will have to supply additional sources of funding. If you are unsure of your status please contact us for more information.

Who will be my supervisors?

Each project has an academic supervisor and sponsoring company allocated at the start of the programme. The CDT offers a student-centric training scheme, which requires the students to have a very proactive attitude with regards to ownership of the project. During the first year of the programme student will work in collaboration with their supervisors and industrial partners to fine-tune the PhD research project.

What will the topic of my PhD be?

Each project will have an academic supervisor and sponsoring company and will be allocated to students at the start of the programme. The CDT offers a student-centric training scheme, which requires the students to have a very proactive attitude with regards to ownership of the project. During the first year of the programme student will work in collaboration with their supervisors and industrial partners to fine-tune the PhD research project.

When will I visit my sponsoring company?

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence programme is student-centric and industry-focused. Each project has an academic supervisor and sponsoring company allocated at the start of the programme.

During the first year of the programme students work in collaboration with their supervisors and industrial partners to fine-tune the PhD research project. The CDT offers a student-centric training scheme, which requires the students to have a very proactive attitude with regards to ownership of the project.

Students interact with industry (and in particular their sponsoring company) on a very regular basis throughout the entire duration of the studies via visits, on-the-factory-floor training, and, in some cases, the student will carry out the doctoral studies based at the industrial sponsor for most of the time.

Where will I be based?

This is a collaborative centre between two leading universities and each student will have a home institution, which will be the university that offered them a place.

During the four-year programme, there may be periods that require students to spend time at either Loughborough University or Heriot Watt University. For example, to undertake specific technical or non-technical taught training. From year 2 onwards it may be required that the student spends time at the site of their sponsoring company.

How do I sort out my accommodation in Loughborough?

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence is a collaborative centre between Loughborough University and Heriot Watt University and during the four-year programme, there may be periods that require students to spend time at either Loughborough University or Heriot Watt University. Depending on your requirements different options are available ranging from short stay accommodation to postgraduate halls of residence.

Details of accommodation both on and off campus at Loughborough University can be found here.

How do I sort out my accommodation in Edinburgh?

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence is a collaborative centre between Loughborough University and Heriot Watt University and during the four-year programme, there may be periods that require students to spend time at either Loughborough University or Heriot Watt University. Depending on your requirements different options are available ranging from short stay accommodation to postgraduate halls of residence.

Details of accommodation both on and off campus at heriot Watt University can be found here.

I want to do a phd – are places still available?

Yes, applications are welcome year-round from exceptionally well-qualified students (1st class honours or upper 2nd class honours, or equivalent) who want to embark on a full-time research degree programme.

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence is a collaborative centre between Loughborough University and Heriot Watt University and application can be made to either university.

For applications to Loughborough University, please select CDT Embedded Intelligence Wolfson School on the Application Portal:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/

For applications to Heriot Watt University, please use the portal below indicating your interest in undertaking a "research degree in Embedded Intelligence through the CDT":

https://myhwu.hw.ac.uk

If you need any assistance or have questions please contact us.

What qualifications do i need to do a PhD?

Applications are invited from exceptionally well-qualified students (1st class honours or upper 2nd class honours, or equivalent) who want to embark on a full-time research degree programme.

Please note that all applicants must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme. Further information about English Language requirements and accepted qualification can be found here

For applications to Loughborough University, please select CDT Embedded Intelligence Wolfson School on the Application Portal:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/

For applications to Heriot Watt University, please use the portal below indicating your interest in undertaking a "research degree in Embedded Intelligence through the CDT":

https://myhwu.hw.ac.uk

If you need any assistance or have questions please contact us.

Are there minimum requirements for applicants?

Applications are invited from exceptionally well-qualified students (1st class honours or upper 2nd class honours, or equivalent) who want to embark on a full-time research degree programme.

Please note that all applicants must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme. Further information about English Language requirements and accepted qualification can be found here

Can non-UK students apply?

Yes, but the level of funding offered by this Centre is not sufficient to cover the costs of both fees and stipend for international students. Therefore, the interested international students will have to supply additional sources of funding to supplement the stipend. If you are unsure of your status please contact us for more information.

Please also note that all applicants must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme. Further information about English Language requirements and accepted qualification can be found here.

Can overseas students apply?

Yes, but the level of funding offered by this Centre is not sufficient to cover the cost of both fees and stipend for international students. Therefore, the interested international students will have to supply additional sources of funding to supplement the stipend. If you are unsure of your status please contact us for more information.

Please also note that all applicants must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme. Further information about English Language requirements and accepted qualification can be found here.

How will I know if I have been selected?

Once you have completed your application and submitted all the required supporting documents your application will be reviewed by academics and industry sponsors.

If your application meets the requirements for a specific project you will be invited to interview. Shortly afterwards, you will be notified of the outcome by the interviewer.

If you are success at interview you should be offered at place to on the programme by the University.

When will I start my studies?

Details of your start date will be provided in your university offer letter. Once you have accepted the place you will send further information about the induction week.

How do I register with my university?

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence is a collaborative centre between Loughborough University and Heriot Watt University and each year you should register with both universities to ensure you are able benefit from both. Please follow the link below for information about online registration at your home institution:

For students who have Loughborough University; http://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/welcome/newstudents-welcome/pre-arrival/   

For students who have Heriot Watt University as home institution; http://www.hw.ac.uk/new-students/uk.htm

Details of how to register at your non-home institution will be provided to you separately.

What does the student sponsorship include?

An industry sponsored enhanced stipend is offered, together with a personal budget of £10,000 per student to support the student's specific training needs. For 2017/18 academic year the stipend was £17,533 pa and we provided a fee waiver for UK/EU fees.

Please note: the level of funding offered by this Centre is not sufficient to cover the costs of fees for international students. Therefore, the interested international students will have to supply additional sources of funding. If you are unsure of your status please contact us for more information.

When will I receive my studentship?

This will depend on which university will be your home institution.  Studentship payments will be made once you have completed registration with your home institution.

Where will I be based?

This is a collaborative centre between two leading universities and each student will have a home institution, which will be the university that offered them a place.

During the four-year programme, there may be periods that require students to spend time at either Loughborough University or Heriot Watt University. For example, to undertake specific technical or non-technical taught training. From year 2 onwards it may be required that the student spends time at the site of their sponsoring company.

How do I sort out my accommodation in Loughborough?

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence is a collaborative centre between Loughborough University and Heriot Watt University and during the four-year programme, there may be periods that require students to spend time at either Loughborough University or Heriot Watt University. Depending on your requirements different options are available ranging from short stay accommodation to postgraduate halls of residence.

Details of accommodation both on and off campus at Loughborough University can be found here.

How do I sort out my accommodation in Edinburgh?

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence is a collaborative centre between Loughborough University and Heriot Watt University and during the four-year programme, there may be periods that require students to spend time at either Loughborough University or Heriot Watt University. Depending on your requirements different options are available ranging from short stay accommodation to postgraduate halls of residence.

Details of accommodation both on and off campus at heriot Watt University can be found here.

When will I visit my sponsoring company?

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence programme is student-centric and industry-focused. Each project will have an academic supervisor and sponsoring company allocated to students at the start of the programme.

During the first year of the programme students work in collaboration with their supervisors and industrial partners to fine-tune the PhD research project. The CDT offers a student-centric training scheme, which requires the students to have a very proactive attitude with regards to ownership of the project.

Students interact with industry (and in particular their sponsoring company) on a very regular basis throughout the entire duration of the studies via visits, on-the-factory-floor training, and, in some cases, the student will carry out the doctoral studies based at the industrial sponsor for most of the time.

What are the key elements of the training?

This is a collaborative centre between two leading universities. Students may spend time at both Loughborough University and Heriot Watt University while they undertake a four-year doctoral training programme. The four aspects of this training are:

  1. Technical Foundation: core and elective modules on all aspects of embedded intelligence to support the focus of their PhD thesis and enable students to become conversant in all aspects of Embedded Intelligence
  2. The “Transition” Zone: non-technical training (i.e. leadership, enterprise, innovation management, personal development and social responsibility) to facilitate the transition both into the Centre and also the eventual exit as an employable, high-value graduate
  3. Cohort-forming and personal research road mapping: Specialist, industrial and international as well as student-led peer-to-peer seminars and briefings
  4. Industry-led projects and on-demand industry training packages: group and individual projects with our core industrial partners as well as personalised training activities
What is the Induction Week?

The PhD programme opens with a ‘Transition Week’, ahead of the start of the taught elements and industry-led group projects. Its purpose is to help the student manage the transition from undergraduate studies or industry into the Centre as a highly effective researcher from very early days.

Since 2014 the ‘Transition Week’ has been held in mid-September at the idyllic Scottish location (bonnie Alba) called ‘The Burn’. More information about the venue can be found here http://theburn.goodenough.ac.uk

Details of the next Transition Week will be sent to each applicant once they have been offered, and accepted, a place.

What are the group projects and when will they happen?

Each new cohort takes part in two substantive self-contained projects in year 1. The projects will be last up to 12 weeks in duration and be led by industry in any area of Embedded Intelligence. The host industrial ‘customer’ supervises the students, with the assistance of an academic supervisor. The projects take place in the two semesters (one per semester), and the students are grouped in teams.

What is a Centre for Doctoral Training?

A Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) brings together diverse areas of expertise to provide a supportive and exciting environment for individuals to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle emerging and future challenges.

Students are funded for four years and include technical and transferrable skills training, as well as a research element.

Further information can be found on the EPSRC website

What exactly is EI?

Embedded Intelligence can be defined as making products and services intelligent by enabling them to react to their environment and adapt their behaviour accordingly. We view Embedded Intelligence as the integration of intelligence into products, processes and services so they work better and can increase productivity, efficiency and connectivity.

This Centre addresses the challenges posed by technical needs ranging from the design stage, through manufacturing of embedded or on-bedded devices, to software behind data collection, as well as integrative technologies to finally the requirements from end-users.

We are keen to hear from companies working in the areas of autonomous products, functional materials, high performance connected systems, data-to-knowledge solutions, and engineering for industry, life and health.

What does this Centre offer to students?
  • An industry sponsored enhanced stipend, together with a personal budget of £10,000 per student to support the student's specific training needs. For 2015/16 academic year the stipend was £17,057 pa and we offered a UK/EU fee waiver.
  • Technical training on all aspects of embedded intelligence enabling students to become conversant in all aspects of Embedded Intelligence.
  • Research conducted at Loughborough University and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with world-leading experts in Embedded Intelligence related areas.
  • Group and individual industry-led projects from the first month of studies with our Industrial partners.
  • Personalised training activities by our main industrial partners.
  • Institute of Leadership and Management validated non-technical courses.
  • Transferable skills training to fulfil the expectations for future leadership roles in industry, in society and as entrepreneurs.
What are the USPs of this CDT?

• A 4 year programme
• Stipend (~£17k p.a.) + EU fees
• Student-centred, flexible ‘transition’ training to give students a broad area of knowledge
• Leadership training
• Cohort of students starting each Autumn Term of the academic year
• Industrial-related projects
• 45 experienced academic staff
• Loughborough, Edinburgh and London campuses

What subjects are relevant to the CDT?

This is a truly multi-disciplinary subject area and we have 45 academic experts from various disciplines: Aeronautical, Automotive, Electrical, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering; Microelectronics, Sensors; Design, Functional Materials, Computer Science and Information Management.

By its very nature Embedded Intelligence requires a multidisciplinary approach for successful implementation.

What are the key elements of the training?

This is a collaborative centre between two leading universities. Students may spend time at both Loughborough University and Heriot Watt University while they undertake a four-year doctoral training programme. The four aspects of this training are:

  1. Technical Foundation: core and elective modules on all aspects of embedded intelligence to support the focus of their PhD thesis and enable students to become conversant in all aspects of Embedded Intelligence
  2. The “Transition” Zone: non-technical training (i.e. leadership, enterprise, innovation management, personal development and social responsibility) to facilitate the transition both into the Centre and also the eventual exit as an employable, high-value graduate
  3. Cohort-forming and personal research road mapping: Specialist, industrial and international as well as student-led peer-to-peer seminars and briefings
  4. Industry-led projects and on-demand industry training packages: group and individual projects with our core industrial partners as well as personalised training activities
What non-technical training is offered?

The PhD programme opens with a ‘Transition Week’, ahead of the start of the taught elements and industry-led group projects. Its purpose is to help the student manage the transition from undergraduate studies or industry into the Centre as a highly effective researcher from very early days.

Throughout the four year programme students will undertake an Institute of Leadership and Management validated non-technical course as part of their 'Transition Zone training'. The content will develop as they do, facilitating the transition both into the Centre and also the eventual exit as an employable, high-value graduate. Students will design their own personal development plan in consultation with supervisors and company sponsors. Topics to be covered include leadership, enterprise, innovation management, personal development and social responsibility.

What will the PhD topic be?

Each project will have an academic supervisor and sponsoring company and will be allocated to students at the start of the programme. The CDT offers a student-centric training scheme, which requires the students to have a very proactive attitude with regards to ownership of the project. During the first year of the programme student will work in collaboration with their supervisors and industrial partners to fine-tune the PhD research project.

Where will students be based?

This is a collaborative centre between two leading universities and each student will have a home institution, which will be the university that offered them a place.

During the four-year programme, there may be periods that require students to spend time at either Loughborough University or Heriot Watt University. For example, to undertake specific technical or non-technical taught training. From year 2 onwards it may be required that the student spends time at the site of their sponsoring company.

When will the students visit their sponsoring company?

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence programme is student-centric and industry-focused. Each project will have an academic supervisor and sponsoring company allocated to students at the start of the programme.

During the first year of the programme student will work in collaboration with their supervisors and industrial partners to fine-tune the PhD research project. The CDT offers a student-centric training scheme, which requires the students to have a very proactive attitude with regards to ownership of the project.

The students will interface with industry (and in particular their sponsoring companies) on a very regular basis throughout the entire duration of the studies via visits, on-the-factory-floor training, and, in some cases, the student will carry out the doctoral studies based at the industrial sponsor for most of the time.

Who will supervise the PhD project?

Each project will have an academic supervisor and sponsoring company and will be allocated to students at the start of the programme. The CDT offers a student-centric training scheme, which requires the students to have a very proactive attitude with regards to ownership of the project. During the first year of the programme student will work in collaboration with their supervisors and industrial partners to fine-tune the PhD research project.

What are the group projects and when will they happen?

Each new cohort takes part in two substantive self-contained projects in year 1. The projects will be last up to 12 weeks in duration and be led by industry in any area of Embedded Intelligence. The host industrial ‘customer’ supervises the students, with the assistance of an academic supervisor. The projects take place in the two semesters (one per semester), and the students are grouped in teams.

Download details about group projects.

This sounds very relevant to my company – can we still be involved?

Yes. Although we have a strong consortium of industrial partners already on board, it is not too late to join us. As the CDT is heavily subsidised by EPSRC, Loughborough University and Heriot-Watt – this is a fantastic opportunity for large / small and UK / International companies to sponsor a student for ~ 1/3 of the normal cost. The benefits include working with a large consortium of academic experts; having access to cutting edge engineering projects and having highly trained potential employees.

What is a Centre for Doctoral Training?

A Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) brings together diverse areas of expertise to provide a supportive and exciting environment for individuals to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle emerging and future challenges.

Students are funded for four years and include technical and transferrable skills training, as well as a research element.

Further information can be found on the EPSRC website

What exactly is EI?

Embedded Intelligence can be defined as making products and services intelligent by enabling them to react to their environment and adapt their behaviour accordingly. We view Embedded Intelligence as the integration of intelligence into products, processes and services so they work better and can increase productivity, efficiency and connectivity.

This Centre addresses the challenges posed by technical needs ranging from the design stage, through manufacturing of embedded or on-bedded devices, to software behind data collection, as well as integrative technologies to finally the requirements from end-users.

We are keen to hear from academics working in the areas of autonomous products, functional materials, high performance connected systems, data-to-knowledge solutions, and engineering for industry, life and health.

What are the USPs of this CDT?

• A 4 year programme
• Stipend (~£17k p.a.) + EU fees
• Student-centred, flexible ‘transition’ training to give students a broad area of knowledge
• Leadership training
• Cohort of students starting each Autumn Term of the academic year
• Industrial-related projects
• 45 experienced academic staff
• Loughborough, Edinburgh and London campuses

What subjects are relevant to the CDT?

This is a truly multi-disciplinary subject area and we have 45 academic experts from various disciplines: Aeronautical, Automotive, Electrical, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering; Microelectronics, Sensors; Design, Functional Materials, Computer Science and Information Management.

By its very nature Embedded Intelligence requires a multidisciplinary approach for successful implementation.

What does this Centre offer to students?
  • An industry sponsored enhanced stipend, together with a personal budget of £10,000 per student to support the student's specific training needs. For 2015/16 academic year the stipend was £17,057 pa and we offered a UK/EU fee waiver.
  • Technical training on all aspects of embedded intelligence enabling students to become conversant in all aspects of Embedded Intelligence.
  • Research conducted at Loughborough University and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with world-leading experts in Embedded Intelligence related areas.
  • Group and individual industry-led projects from the first month of studies with our Industrial partners.
  • Personalised training activities by our main industrial partners.
  • Institute of Leadership and Management validated non-technical courses.
  • Transferable skills training to fulfil the expectations for future leadership roles in industry, in society and as entrepreneurs.
What are the key elements of the training?

This is a collaborative centre between two leading universities. Students may spend time at both Loughborough University and Heriot Watt University while they undertake a four-year doctoral training programme. The four aspects of this training are:

  1. Technical Foundation: core and elective modules on all aspects of embedded intelligence to support the focus of their PhD thesis and enable students to become conversant in all aspects of Embedded Intelligence
  2. The “Transition” Zone: non-technical training (i.e. leadership, enterprise, innovation management, personal development and social responsibility) to facilitate the transition both into the Centre and also the eventual exit as an employable, high-value graduate
  3. Cohort-forming and personal research road mapping: Specialist, industrial and international as well as student-led peer-to-peer seminars and briefings
  4. Industry-led projects and on-demand industry training packages: group and individual projects with our core industrial partners as well as personalised training activities
Who will supervise the PhD project?

Each project will have an academic supervisor and sponsoring company and will be allocated to students at the start of the programme. The CDT offers a student-centric training scheme, which requires the students to have a very proactive attitude with regards to ownership of the project. During the first year of the programme student will work in collaboration with their supervisors and industrial partners to fine-tune the PhD research project.

Download our guide for supervisors and PhD proposal form.

What will the PhD topic be?

Each project will have an academic supervisor and sponsoring company and will be allocated to students at the start of the programme. The CDT offers a student-centric training scheme, which requires the students to have a very proactive attitude with regards to ownership of the project. During the first year of the programme student will work in collaboration with their supervisors and industrial partners to fine-tune the PhD research project.

Download our PhD proposal form.

Where will students be based?

This is a collaborative centre between two leading universities and each student will have a home institution, which will be the university that offered them a place.

During the four-year programme, there may be periods that require students to spend time at either Loughborough University or Heriot Watt University. For example, to undertake specific technical or non-technical taught training. From year 2 onwards it may be required that the student spends time at the site of their sponsoring company.

When will the student visit their sponsoring company and supervisor?

The CDT in Embedded Intelligence programme is student-centric and industry-focused. Each project will have an academic supervisor and sponsoring company allocated to students at the start of the programme.

During the first year of the programme student will work in collaboration with their supervisors and industrial partners to fine-tune the PhD research project. The CDT offers a student-centric training scheme, which requires the students to have a very proactive attitude with regards to ownership of the project.

The students will interact with industry (and in particular their sponsoring companies) on a very regular basis throughout the entire duration of the studies via visits, on-the-factory-floor training, and, in some cases, the student will carry out the doctoral studies based at the industrial sponsor for most of the time.

What is the Induction Week?

The PhD programme opens with a ‘Transition Week’, ahead of the start of the taught elements and industry-led group projects. Its purpose is to help the student manage the transition from undergraduate studies or industry into the Centre as a highly effective researcher from very early days.

In 2014 and 2015 the ‘Transition Week’ was held in mid-September at the idyllic Scottish location (bonnie Alba) called ‘The Burn’. More information about the venue can be found here http://theburn.goodenough.ac.uk

Details of the next Transition Week will be sent to each applicant once they have been offered, and accepted, a place.

What are the group projects and when will they happen?

Each new cohort takes part in two substantive self-contained projects in year 1. The projects will be last up to 12 weeks in duration and be led by industry in any area of Embedded Intelligence. The host industrial ‘customer’ supervises the students, with the assistance of an academic supervisor. The projects take place in the two semesters (one per semester), and the students are grouped in teams.

general enquiries contact

Loughborough University

cdt-ei@lboro.ac.uk
Wolfson School
Loughborough University
Loughborough, Leicestershire
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United Kingdom