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Doctorate Opportunities

Mobility systems are rapidly evolving, driven by technological advances, social trends and economic models. Both public and private agencies have a pivotal role to play in shaping these changes and this new cohort focused centre, with direct industrial involvement, responds to these emerging sectorial skills needs.

The future of mobility is changing – get on board!

About the Centre
The CDT will develop multidisciplinary future research leaders with the creativity, skills and in-depth knowledge to transform the mobility of people and goods for the benefit of UK society and industry in an electrically intensive energy future.

The centre is multidisciplinary, inviting students with strong backgrounds in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, computer science, geography, socio-technical studies, business or other relevant discipline areas, to apply.

About the Programme

The university will deliver interdisciplinary training with students selecting modules from the Engineering and Manufacturing MSc programmes. All students will also study modules on research skills. business, ethics, social responsibility and policy.

The programme is structured to deliver cohort-based training, offering significant student benefits by promoting cross-disciplinary interactions and creating a stimulating and supportive network. This is achieved by year one entrants being based at Warwick, establishing a “sense of cohort and shared research mission”. During the four-year programme, each graduate will spend extended periods working with their chosen industrial partner on real world industrial research.

The programme is designed to exploit the first-class research expertise and facilities of the School of Engineering and WMG, with extensive direct industrial input and training delivery embedded throughout. Please see overview of the course here.

The CDT covers two key research streams:

Stream 1: Wide Bandgap Power Electronics

This stream focuses on the underpinning technologies for mobility applications and their connectivity to electrical power grids and networks through the emerging UK industry in Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics.

Please visit the Power Electronics Applications and Technology in Energy Research (PEATER) Group webpage for more specific information on research areas at:;

Stream 2: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

This stream focuses on the deployment of advances in Connected and Autonomous vehicles to address a variety of national needs such as improving safety, energy efficiency, comfort and convenience. For more specific information about the areas of interest, please visit our Intelligent Vehicle Research web page at:

Some of the areas of interest in this stream include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

I) Virtual/physical validation frameworks, and CAV certification;
II) sensing and processing systems for the perception/localisation and control techniques of autonomous vehicles;
III) V2X systems and mobile edge computing,
IV) Cyber Security, trust and privacy aspects of CAV technologies;
V) Business models and ethical considerations; and
VI) Human factors in designing autonomous driving systems.

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2.1 in any discipline or 2.2 at undergraduate level with an MSc in a relevant subject area

Band A course English Requirements - see

Currently only accepting applications from Home/EU applicants.

Home/EU (PhD/EngD) studentships available for October 2020 entry, a full award will cover:-

  • 100% tuition fees for 4 years
  • Enhanced Stipend – In 2020/21 this will be £19,000 (tax free) per annum

How to apply

  • Complete a stage 1 application. Deadline for stage 1 applications is April 30 2020.
  • If your application successful at Stage 1, you will be invited to interview with proposed supervisors and industrial sponsors in late Spring 2020.
  • Those who are successful at interview stage will then be invited to submit a full application by 31July 2020, offers will be made subject to the University of Warwick entry requirements.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us. Details available here.

Key dates:

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Applications for October 2020 start are now open!
Home/EU applicants only.

Please submit a stage 1 application here.

Deadline for stage 1 applications - April 30 2020.

Interviews will be held late Spring 2020.

Where full applications are invited, the deadline is 31 July 2020.