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The application process

Applications have now closed and will reopen in December 2020.

Before beginning the application process please ensure you are aware of the student eligibility criteria and research topic areas.

Step 1: Submit Expression of interest

In order for us to assess your suitability and eligibility, please complete the Expression Of Interest (EOI) form. You are also required to attach a personal statement and a CV:  We encourage you to let us know which areas of research you are interested in.

The first stage is an expression of interest (EOI). This is allows us to screen you for eligibility to receive ESPRC funding for your PhD and to assess if your research interests and academic background are suitable for entry onto a PhD with one of the four host institutions

In the EOI form you will be asked to identify up to three of research topic areas you wish to study. You will also be asked to indicate which one of the four host institutions would be your preferred place of study.

You are also required to provide as part of your EOI a CV, copies of certificates and transcripts and a personal statement

The personal statement should include a brief statement of your research interests, how they relate to the CDT’s research topic areas and why you are applying to this particular programme.  Please keep this statement to a maximum of 2 A4 pages in length.  

We do not expect a research proposal from you at this stage as this will be developed during the first year of study.

Please ensure that we receive your CDT EOI form, CV, copies of certificates and transcripts and your personal statement through the following email address:

Step 2: Discuss

Once we have received your documents and if you meet the entry requirements (see below) we will contact you to arrange a preliminary discussion about the CDT and the available projects, universities and external partners.

Step 3: Interview

Shortlisted applicants are then invited for an academic and industrial interview.  At these interviews, your experience, interests and qualifications related to the CDT will be explored. After the interview  suitable candidates will be linked to a particular university, project and industrial sponsor based on their research preferences. The interviews are scheduled to take place w/c 11th March. Specific dates and times will be publicised shortly.

Step 4: Register

If successful at interview you will be recommended to one of the host institutions for a CDT PhD studentship. Successful applicants will be informed and asked to go through the host intuitions online application process within a specified time frame. The specific research theme, host institution and funding recommended for you will be detailed to you in writing from the CDT.

The host institution will review your application to them and, subject to fulfilling their criteria for application, will formally offer you a place at the ESPRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Applicants should not, in the first instance, apply directly through their preferred host institutions application channels.