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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems – 10 x 4-year fully funded PhD Cohort Studentships

Closing date: Sunday 30th January 2022. On-line interviews will be held during March 2022.

Looking for unrivalled PhD funding for research into smart cities, social inclusion, environmental sustainability or global challenges in the digital revolution? “Everything happens somewhere”, and so a PhD in Geospatial Systems with elective interdisciplinary application may be just what you are looking for!

Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham, supported by 40+ industry partners, invite high-quality applications for a cohort of 10+ fully-funded 4-year (1+3) PhDs in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems for September 2022 entry.

The Geospatial Systems CDT is training a world-leading generation of engineers, scientists and practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills in geospatial data science, including big data and artificial intelligence approaches. Successful applicants will conduct interdisciplinary PhD research with elective application into one or more of: smart cities; urban and infrastructure resilience; spatial mobility (transport); energy systems; sustainable spatial planning; structural monitoring; social inclusion and healthy living; environmental applications; the translation of geospatial methods to global challenges. Students will graduate with both a MRes in Geospatial Data Science (Year 1) and a PhD in Geospatial Systems (Year 4).

Benefits of joining our 4-year fully-funded programme:

  • Full fees and tax-free stipend for the entire 4-year duration of the training;
  • An unrivalled research and training support grant (RTSG) to support your training and research, including funding for international placements;
  • Dual masters and doctoral qualifications - MRes (Year 1) + PhD (Year 4);
  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive cohort environment with contemporaries from diverse backgrounds;
  • Direct access to experts and world-leading research facilities, in a bespoke training programme fully integrated between two leading UK universities;
  • Conduct research into technical themes and application domains of your own choosing or choose from a list of available projects;
  • Industry support for your research, leading to unparalleled employment opportunities, from 40+ partner institutions;
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, ensuring flexibility in all activities so that CDT participants with caring and family responsibilities are able to fully participate.

How to Apply

When applying to the CDT, applicants are required to submit an application to their desired host institution (i.e. the University they wish to study at) of either Newcastle University or the University of Nottingham. Please visit our website for full details on how to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should have a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Computing, Engineering, Geography, Geomatics, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, or related disciplines. Home and International students (including EU) are welcome to apply, we have a limited number of fully funded international awards available.


For general CDT and application enquiries, email: geospatial.cdt@ncl.ac.uk. Specific enquiries to Professor Jon Mills (Newcastle: jon.mills@newcastle.ac.uk) or Professor Stuart Marsh (Nottingham: stuart.marsh@nottingham.ac.uk).

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