Reference code: GEO20-01

Closing date: 31 January 2020

Supervisors: Professor Stuart Barr

Sponsor: (EPSRC), Newcastle University, Nottingham University & Industrial partners

Start date and duration of the award: September 2020, 4 years


The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems invites high-quality applications for up to 10 fully funded 4-year (1+3) PhDs at Newcastle University and University of Nottingham.

We will equip our PhD students with advanced knowledge and skills in geospatial data science and its application within interdisciplinary PhD research and the geospatial industries.

The Geospatial Systems CDT 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.

When studying with the CDT, students undertake a four year (1+3) PhD. In year 1 they will study towards an MRes in Geospatial Data Science and receive specialist 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. While in years 2 to 4 students will undertake their PhD research project. During their time with the CDT, all students engage with a range of CDT-wide cohort-based activities and Industry-informed training on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

Find out more here

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

For general CDT and application enquiries please email: [email protected]

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system

The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 4881F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘Master of Research in Geospatial Data Science’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code GEO20-01 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 GEO20-01 and include a 500 word statement on why you are interested in applying to study geospatial data science, and how your interests and experience relate to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems.
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications
  • Signed copies of your references on letter headed paper (these can be in PDF format)

Entry Requirements

The award is available to UK/EU and international applicants. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria you may be entitled to a full or a partial award. The successful candidate will have a minimum of a 2:1 degree in Engineering, Geographical Sciences, Computing or Mathematics or related disciplines.

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009 (at the 2019/20 UKRI rate.) A Research Training grant (that provides costs for consumables, travel, conferences), and placement opportunities with industrial partners are also provided.

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK , EU and International students.

Application Deadline:

31 January 2020

Please see our website for how to apply:
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