Funded studentships available for 2019 will be advertised here in December.

We typically have at least 10 funded studentships available per year, which are open to Home or EU candidates only.

International candidates with their own funding can be considered for a CDT place, but must contact a supervisor to develop their own project.

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Apply for a funded project

  1. Check that you meet our eligibility criteria and entry requirements below
  2. Visit our projects page for details of available projects
  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
  5. Complete the project selection form to confirm which project(s) you are applying for (link available after projects are advertised)

Apply as a self-funded candidate

  1. Check that you meet the eligibility criteria and entry requirements below
  2. Visit our supervisors page for a list of potential supervisors
  3. Contact your preferred supervisor(s) directly to discuss opportunities and develop 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 (normally 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".


Eligibility criteria

Funded projects

  • Open to UK and EU candidates only
  • All places are open to UK/EU candidates who have been resident in the UK for the previous 3 years (according to the EPSRC eligibility criteria)
  • EU students who live outside the UK can also apply but places are more limited
  • All funded studentships provide FULL funding (tuition fees + stipend + consumables).

Unfunded projects

  • Open to UK/EU and international candidates
  • You must have your own funding from agovernment or institution (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
  • You must contact a potential supervisor to develop your own project before applying

Entry requirements

  • a 1st or 2:1 level degree, in an engineering or physical sciences discipline
  • if you have a non-UK degree, please check the College minimum entry requirements, but note that CDT entry requirements are normally higher
  • if you have a biological or medical sciences background, we may be able to consider you if you have a strong background in quantitative skills, eg university-level mathematics, engineering or physical sciences, experience in programming
  • non-native English speakers must 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.

Funding details

Funded studentships are for 4 years and provide a stipend (£16,777 for the 2018/19 academic year), full Home/EU tuition fees, and a yearly budget for project-related costs and attending UK and international conferences.

Self-funded applicants must have scholarship funding to cover full tuition fees and stipend for 4 years. 

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)

Review and interview process

  • Applications are sent to supervisors for review as recieved or after the application deadline
  • We will normally contact you within 2 weeks of the application deadline to let you know if you have been shortlisted for interview
  • Interviews normally take place in late Feb/early March (funded projects) or by mid-May (unfunded projects)
  • We will contact you within 2 weeks of your interview to let you know if you are offered a place
  • UNFUNDED PROJECTS ONLY: If your interview is satisfactory your application will be sent to the Centre for Neurotechnology admissions panel for further approval
  • Offers are conditional and are subject to you fulfilling any College requirements, eg obtaining necessary grades, passing an approved English test, providing evidence of satisfactory funding (unfunded projcts only), obtaining ATAS clearance (if appropriate)