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UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Machine Intelligence for Nano-electronic Devices and Systems (MINDS)

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Machine Intelligence for Nano-electronic Devices and Systems (MINDS)

Study for a fully funded, four-year integrated PhD in Hardware-Enabled Artificial Intelligence

Great MINDS Think Differently

The MINDS CDT at the University of Southampton will develop and nurture the next generation of technology pioneers who will have the skills, assets and network to innovate at the Artificial Intelligence and Electronics interface to enable systems with beneficial human impact.

Our research is focussed on four themes, and all projects will focus on one or more of these with active engagement from industry and government partners:

  • Embedded Artificial Intelligence
  • Nano-electronic Technologies for AI
  • Agent-Based Adaptive Systems
  • Task-Optimised Devices and Systems

We emphasise disruptive innovation that is cognizant of its potential impact on society, security and safety. MINDS is oriented towards creating more than just scientists and engineers; it is designed to create the well-rounded innovators a dynamic UK economy and society needs.

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Machine Intelligence for Nano-electronic Devices and Systems (MINDS)

We recruit approximately 12 students per year to our four-year integrated PhD programme. As a MINDS student you will gain a broad awareness of the science and techniques across AI and Electronics, and methods for responsible research and innovation. Depending on your interests and background, we tailor a set of additional modules that provide depth of knowledge from across our extensive portfolio. This enhanced training establishes a strong foundation for your PhD research project.

Environment and Facilities

The University of Southampton is home to both the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) and the Zepler Institute. ECS is the leading department of its kind in the UK with a long tradition of interdisciplinary research, and Zepler has one of the most comprehensive nanofabrication cleanroom and testing facilities in Europe. The University is a member of the Alan Turing Institute, linking our students into an important research network. We support short-term research visits to other leading research centres across the world, and funded internships.

All MINDS students take part in public engagement activities, helping to communicate the societal value of AI and Electronics research and inspire others. Our Ambassadors’ Programme supports a number of students to receive enhanced training in outreach leadership.


We accept applications from those who wish to receive a funded scholarship, those who already have a funded scholarship from another source, or self-paying applicants (proof of funds will be required). Our funded scholars receive enhanced stipends £3,000 above the UKRI National Minimum Doctoral stipend. For 2020/2021 Entry the stipend is £18,285.

Entry Requirements

You should have, or expect to shortly receive, a very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent), in computer science, electronics, or closely related subjects such as mathematics or physics.

How to apply

Application deadline:

Deadline: 8 May 2020. Interviews to take place w/c 1 June 2020.

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview at the University of Southampton.

Please follow the detailed guidance on our website.

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