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Are you interested in a funded professional development opportunity?

Would you like to return to research and data skills training without putting your career or life on hold?

Have you been out of education for at least 3 years because of structural barriers to further study, such as lack of funding, lack of flexible programmes, or feeling like you didn’t belong in STEM or at university?

Are you working / interested in:

  • Data Science
  • Engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • STEM
  • Or related fields?

If this sounds like you, our programme could be the pathway into research training and professional development that you’ve been looking for!

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data-Centric Engineering at QMUL is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. It aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers with data science and engineering research skills in the UK economy, by encouraging and supporting individuals to return to research training. We have a number of funded doctoral research opportunities available for talented individuals who have faced barriers and have been out of university education for at least three years (most recent degree obtained in 2019 or earlier.

What we offer

  • A 4-year professional research programme (Sept 2022 start). Upon successful completion, the programme leads to the QMUL award of Doctor of Engineering (EngD).
  • Two streams of funding to apply to, depending on your circumstances:
    1. Enterprise Doctoral Scholars (EDS): this funding stream is for talented individuals who have faced barriers preventing them from starting, continuing, or returning to research and data skills training. Eligible candidates will receive an enhanced tax-free maintenance stipend of up to £20,869 per year (approx. £1739 per month). Tuition fees at the Home Student rate* will be covered.
    2. Professional Doctoral Scholars (PDS): this funding stream is for those who are currently employed in R&D or research-focussed roles in STEM professions within a UK company or industry. If your company is not one of our current partners, with your help we will establish a partnership with your employer, so that you can remain in paid employment and we can help you turn your day-to-day research at work into a doctoral portfolio or thesis. Tuition fees at the Home Student rate* will be covered. You will also become a Doctor of Engineering in maximum 4 years (instead of 7 years part-time on top of work)
  • A bespoke training programme, including taught courses, placements with our industrial partners (EDS only), and dedicated support from our Team and Academic Supervisors.
  • A Research and Training Support Grant to attend conferences or acquire specialist equipment, and a carers’ fund to cover caring-related expenses while on conference or placement.
  • Our commitment to offer as much flexibility as possible, so that our programme can work for you – not the other way around.

*Please check our entry and eligibility criteria

About you:

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have relevant work experience in STEM, comparable to at least three years’ full-time employment (or equivalent), preferably with a UK company (or companies with a substantial connection to the UK).
  • Aim to further their career within UK Industry
  • Have been awarded their most recent degree before December 2019
  • Have an undergraduate degree of 2:1 or above (or equivalent non-UK qualification) in a relevant subject such as Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science. Candidates without a 2:1 degree are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case by case basis should they have at least five years of relevant work experience.

In addition to the criteria above, if you belong to or identify with one or more of these groups:

  • Black backgrounds
  • Women, non-binary and trans folks
  • From a working-class background
  • On a career break
  • With caring responsibilities
  • Have faced barriers to education, or have not considered a doctoral programme before

We are actively searching for great talent from these groups, who have been historically marginalised in engineering and further study.

How To Apply

Online applications close on 19th April 2022. To find out more, you are strongly encouraged to attend our pre-application workshops and application advice sessions in March, and visit our website. If you have any questions, please contact us:

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