A four year PhD programme
CDT-ACM operates an integrated PhD programme in which our students undertake a structured training programme throughout their PhD studies. The programme covers both technical content that all students should know, as well as optional sector-specific courses, and further skills training courses. It revolves around four strands: PhD research (including a placement), core technical skills, specialist technical skills and transferrable skills (including engagement and outreach). The training takes several forms: taught courses, practicals (on-site and via remote access), group projects, student-led seminars, summer schools and industrially-led technical challenges.
Research-wise, students benefit from a PhD project conceived and developed jointly by researchers at least two of the partnering institutions (i.e. Imperial, UCL, Trinity College Dublin) and/or involving an industrial partner. As a result, each student has at least two supervisors: either two academics or an academic and an industry partner.
Course-wise, modules focusing on core and specialised technical skills are delivered as whole cohort activities. We encourage peer-to-peer learning and development of cross-institution cohort building. The students understanding and progression through the technical courses are evaluated through submitted coursework and projects with constructive feedback provided.
I really enjoyed my time as a member of the CDT-ACM. It provided the opportunity to gain experience with a wide range of materials characterisation techniques and to engage with the wider research community by participating in conferences and Outreach events.