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.
Studying my PhD as part of the ACM CDT not only provided me with valuable training courses and workshops on characterisation techniques, but also regular academic seminars, team activities, and discussions to help expand my interests, both inside and outside of research.