Why apply?

The SLT CDT offers you the following benefits:

  • Four-year fully-funded studentship covering all fees, an enhanced stipend (£17,668 pa plus an additional enhancement**), laptop, and ancillary compute equipment.

  • Laptop, headset, and dedicated desk in the CDT workspace equipped with external monitors, keyboard and mouse.

  • Generous personal allowance (approx £2,500 per year) for research-related travel, conference attendance and specialist equipment.

  • A full-time PhD with integrated PGDip incorporating six months of foundational SLT training prior to starting your research project.

  • Bespoke cohort-based training programme running over the entire four years.

  • Every PhD project underpinned by a real-world application, many supported by industry partners.

  • Support for internships* with our external industrial project partners.

  • Supervision from a team of over 20 internationally leading SLT researchers, covering all core areas of modern SLT research, and a broader pool of over 50 academics in cognate disciplines with interests in SLTs and their application.

  • Exposure to the cross-disciplinary approaches and co-creation of novel SLT methods and applications with external partners.

  • A dedicated workspace purely for CDT students within a collaborative and inclusive research environment hosted by the Department of Computer Science.

  • Work and live in Sheffield – a cultural centre on the edge of the Peak District National Park which is in the top ten most affordable UK university cities.

** UKRI have recently increased the minimum stipend; we will announce the level of our enhancement as soon as possible.

How to apply

Entry requirements

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 (e.g., electrical and electronic engineering, control engineering, etc.)

  • Informatics

  • Cognitive Science

  • Linguistics

  • Mathematics

  • Physics

  • Psychology

Regardless of background, you must be able to demonstrate strong mathematical aptitude (minimally to A Level standard or equivalent) and good 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 members of 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 5 (starting in September 2023) are now open. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2023 (23:59 UK time).

You can apply through the University of Sheffield’s Postgraduate Online Application System. Please ensure you follow our Application Instructions which will guide you through the application process.

Applications will be reviewed and short-listed applicants will be invited to interview. Interviews will be held in Sheffield or via videoconference.

If you have any questions about applying please take a look at our FAQ. If you can’t find an answer to your question there, please email us at sltcdt-enquiries@sheffield.ac.uk

Please note we will retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about applying to study at the CDT only. Your contact details will not be used for any other topic, nor passed on to anybody else.

Home and International Eligibility

All students (regardless of Home or International fees status) are eligible to apply and, if successful, receive the full stipend and all fees are paid. However, UKRI limits the proportion of international students that the CDT can appoint each year meaning international places are highly competitive.

To be classed as a home student, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements)

  • Have settled status

  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements)

  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

If you do not meet the criteria above for Home eligibility, you will be classed as an international student. For full eligibility details, please refer to the UKRI Training Grant Guidance (p23).

When applying, please indicate in your personal statement whether the criteria above classify you as a home student or an international student.

*Due to visa restrictions beyond our control, international students can only undertake placements which form an integral part of their research project.