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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems - PhD studentship in Urban Digital Twins

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards:

Start date and duration:
September 2019 for 4 years.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems invites high-quality applications for a 4-year PhD studentship at Newcastle University funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). We welcome applicants from a diverse range of academic and industry related backgrounds including Engineering, Geographical Sciences, Computing, Mathematics and Architecture and Planning.

The PhD will investigate the simulation of complex urban environments using digital twins to support the application of data science, including the understanding of urban dynamics, real-time situational awareness and enabling the use of predictive analytics. This work will include the opportunity to work closely with Dstl, including placement opportunities at its sites.

The Geospatial Systems CDT is a partnership between Newcastle University and University of Nottingham that will deliver a world leading generation of engineers, scientists and practitioners trained in geospatial data science and its application within interdisciplinary PhD research on smart cities, urban and infrastructure resilience, spatial mobility (transport), energy systems, sustainable spatial planning, structural monitoring, social inclusion and healthy living, environmental applications, and the translation of geospatial methods to global challenges.

In year 1 students will receive joint training in spatial data capture, management, analysis, statistics, modelling and visualisation, along with the new computing technology and methods that are transforming the use of geospatial data. In years 2 to 4 students will undertake their PhD research project and a range of CDT-wide cohort-based activities and Industry-informed training on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

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Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion will be at the heart of our CDTs, including ensuring flexibility in all activities so that CDT participants with caring and family responsibilities are able to participate fully.

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) (

Name of supervisor(s):
CDT Director at Newcastle: Professor Stuart Barr ()

Eligibility Criteria:
The award is available to UK/EU applicants only.

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria (, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award. We are looking for a wide range of applicants who have a minimum of a 2:1 degree in Engineering, Geographical Sciences, Computing or Mathematics or related disciplines.

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’ (

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk in the application portal must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

insert the programme code 8205F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD Geospatial systems’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code GEO19-02 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code GEO19-02 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Please also send a copy of your CV and covering letter to

For general CDT and application enquiries: . Specific enquiries to Professor Stuart Barr (Newcastle: )

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009. Also additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel.

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