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At least 10 fully-funded PhD studentships available in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI at the University of Bath

At least 10 funded PhD studentships available in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI at the University of Bath

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (ART-AI) at Bath is looking to recruit its third cohort to start in September 2021. At least 10 students will be funded for four years (stipend, tuition fees and research support budget).

You'll be trained to be "a specialist with perspectives", with not only AI skills but a broader understanding of the engineering applications of AI and the ethical, policy and socio-economic consequences of intelligent technologies.

Key themes of the programme include:

  • transparency and intelligibility of AI
  • risk and decision making with AI
  • safety and trust in human-machine systems
  • policy-making with and for AI
  • innovation in data-driven and classical AI
  • engineering applications of AI

As part of your training you'll work with a wide range of partners from companies, government and non-governmental organisations, and a network of internationally leading universities. You'll co-create research projects and will also experience different research environments on placement.


The first year is an interdisciplinary MRes programme that draws together AI and computer science, engineering and technology, and humanities and social sciences. You'll study specialist courses in your "home discipline" and introductory courses in the other two disciplines.

In years 2-4, you'll focus on your PhD research. You'll take short courses on topics such as research software, and develop specific skills for your research interests. You'll also take part in masterclasses, an annual AI conference and workshops, and go on placement and research visits.

Graduates receive both the MRes and the PhD at the end of the course.

Find out more about the programme

You should have a first class or strong second class bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent. Your undergraduate degree should normally be in computer science, engineering, social sciences, policy research, psychology or a related subject.

You will also need either to have taken a mathematics course at university or have at least grade B in A level mathematics or international equivalent.

Find out more and apply

Our funded studentships are available on a competition basis for up to 4 years. Funding will cover tuition fees and tax-free maintenance payments at the UKRI doctoral stipend rate (£15,285 per annum in 2020/21, increased annually in line with the GDP deflator). We offer at least ten studentships each year, up to three of which can be awarded to international students.

Self-funded applications are welcomed.


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