Who should apply?

Candidates looking for a challenging, multidisciplinary PhD at the interface of neuroscience and engineering. The programme is not a standard PhD programme. The first year (MRes in Neurotechnology) is an integral part of the programme and provides students with the technical and research skills necessary for the PhD. Throughout the 4 years, there is considerable emphasis upon multidisciplinary and transferrable skills, through centre activities beyond the individual research project.

Entry requirements

You should have (or be expecting) a 1st or 2:1 level degree, in an engineering or physical sciences discipline. If you have a non-UK degree, you should check the College minimum entry requirements, but note that CDT entry requirements are normally higher than College minimum requirements.  If you have a biological or medical sciences background, we may be able to consider you if you have sufficient background in quantitative skills, eg university-level mathematics, engineering or physical sciences, experience in programming.

Non-native English speakers must also meet the College English requirements. You do not have to take a test before applying, but must pass an approved test before starting the course.

How to apply

Apply for funded projects (UK or EU candidates)

Funded studentships are open to UK and EU students only. Some of our funding is restricted to students who have been resident in the UK for the previous 3 years (according to the EPSRC eligibility criteria), but we also have places available for EU students who live outside the UK. All funded studentships provide FULL funding (full tuition fees + stipend + consumables).

Studentships are for 4 years and provide a stipend (currently £16,296 for the 2016/17 academic year), payment of Home/EU tuition fees, and a yearly budget for project-related costs and attending UK and international conferences.


  1. Visit our projects page for details of projects available
  2. Check that you meet the eligibility criteria below
  3. Visit our frequently asked questions page for tips on how to apply (including course codes)
  4. Submit an online application via the Imperial College online system - APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDED PROJECTS FOR 2017 ARE NOW CLOSED
  5. Complete the project selection form to confirm which project(s) you are applying for.

Please check our frequently asked questions page before making you application for tips on how to complete the online form.

Review and interview process

After the application deadline, applications will be sent to the supervisors for review.  We will contact you within two weeks to let you know if you have been shortlisted for interview.  If you have a satisfactory interview, you will be offered a conditional place, subject to you fulfilling any College requirements such as obtaining necessary grades and passing an approved English test.

Apply for an unfunded project (self-funded UK/EU or international candidates)

If you have your own funding from a government or institution we can consider you for a place in the CDT for an alternative project. We cannot consider applicants with personal funding.
Your funding must cover full tuition fees + stipend (living costs), for 4 years - click the links for information on tuition fees and the cost of living in London.

Check the College scholarships page for details of any Imperial College or external scholarships that may be available (note, we cannot normally answer questions about College/external scholarships - these should be directed to the student finance team).

Apply now - DEADLINE 31st MARCH 2017

  1. Check that you meet the academic entry requirements above
  2. Visit our supervisors page for a list of potential supervisors
  3. Contact your preferred supervisor(s) directly to discuss opportunities and agree on a project.  All students must have two (or more) supervisors with complementary backgrounds, but the second supervisor can be chosen later.
  4. Once you have support from your main supervisor, submit an online application via the Imperial College online system by 31st March
    You should choose the "Postgraduate Research" option, then "Combined Masters and PhD Application (1+3 Degrees)".  Select Programme Title: "Neurotechnology (1plus3) (MRes 1YFT)|H6NT|1|SK|FT|CN".

Review and interview process

Your supervisor will review your application and, if appropriate, will invite you to interview (normally by mid-April).  If your interview is satisfactory, your supervisor will nominate you for a place in the CDT by submitting your proposed project to the Centre for Neurotechnology Research board for approval. Supervisors must submit nominations by Friday 12th May 2017.

If your project is approved you will be offered a conditional place, subject to you finding satisfactory funding and fulfilling any College requirements such as passing an approved English test and obtaining ATAS clearance (if appropriate).  For further information on the application process, please contact the CDT Administrator.