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PhD Only Structure


The majority of PhD students in the Centre for Complexity Science arrive through the standard MSc+PhD Structure in the Centre, meaning they successfully complete the MSc in Complexity Science to the required level before progressing to the PhD. However, we will consider individual applications for direct PhD entry if candidates have undertaken previous masters training in a similar field that the Admissions Tutor for the Centre feels is equivalent to the MSc training provided by the MSc in Complexity Science. In most cases students wanting to join the Centre directly to the PhD will need to be self funded, and have a specific research area and potential supervisor in mind at the time of their applicaton. Each case is considered on an individual basis.

PhD projects are

  • supervised by two researchers, at least one a member of academic staff (the second supervisor might be an end-user off-campus); where both are on campus we would expect them to have complementary backgrounds where practical;
  • subject to six-monthly monitoring by the DTC;
  • subject to annual presentation of progress after each year culminating in a formal thesis seminar to the DTC;
  • examined according to the University's PhD regulations.

Transferable Skills

The DTC puts considerable weight on students being equipped to apply research-based, organisational and presentation skills in a broad range of contexts. In the MSc year this is within the four term-1 modules and in a Team Building Development session in Week Zero. For the PhD years there is a self-standing Transferable Skills Certificate. Both of these are being run in association with MOAC DTC . More information about this can be found here. and here.

Later taught module options

Students will be expected to take at least one further Masters level option from the wide range of interdisciplinary Masters Modules available at Warwick (such as from CSC, MOAC, WSB, MASDOC). Another possibility is the TCC modules (a videoconferenced series for PhD students in mathematics in a UK consortium).