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

Are you fascinated by AI?
Do you want to influence the future direction of computing systems to benefit people across the globe?

A prestigious *MINDS PhD from the world-renowned School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) and Zepler Institute at the University of Southampton could be the route to the opportunities you are looking for.

*MINDS is Machine Intelligence for Nano-electronic Devices and Systems.

Fully Funded PhD Studentships

As a fully funded MINDS PhD student, you will receive an enhanced tax-free stipend £3,000 above the UKRI National Minimum Doctoral stipend. We can provide fully funded studentships for approximately 12 applicants per year. For 2023/2024 Entry the stipend is estimated to be £21,110.

We are also happy to accept an application from you if you already have a funded scholarship from another source or can self-fund (proof of funds will be required).

Who is this PhD for?

Are you creative, innovative, with good attention to detail? Do you enjoy working with diverse people and communities to understand their particular needs? Are you enthusiastic about working at the interface of Artificial Intelligence and Electronics to develop systems with beneficial human impact? If you answered positively to more than one of these questions, then we would like to hear from you!

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

Selecting your research project

We will offer you one-to-one supervision by world leading experts to develop your personal research project in one of our established Research Themes:

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

Some examples of currently ongoing projects can be found here.

Receiving bespoke research training

You will receive specialised training from experts based on your personal interests and academic background that will help you develop a broad awareness of the science and techniques across AI and Electronics.

You will learn how to apply methods for responsible research and innovation in your work, we will help you develop entrepreneurial skills, and get confident in communicating scientific topics to different audiences.

You will take part in several events (outreach, showcase, innovation camp, hackathons) that will give you the opportunity to practise and polish these new skills. For example, you can join an initiative to communicate the societal value of AI and Electronics research to local communities and inspire school students from diverse backgrounds to study STEM subjects.

Putting diversity into practice

ECS has recently been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award recognising our commitment to fairness, inclusivity and gender equality. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people from a range of backgrounds and communities.

Entry Criteria

You should have, or expect to shortly receive, a good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent), in computer science, electronics, or closely related subject; e.g. mathematics or physics. EU and Overseas applicants should achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each competency.

How to apply

Please follow the detailed guidance on our website.

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to a virtual interview.