EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems - 4 year PhD Studentships

Closing Date
Friday, 31st January 2020

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems invites high-quality applications for up to 9 fully funded 4-year PhDs at Newcastle University and University of Nottingham.

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


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.

In year 1 students will receive 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. In years 2 to 4 students will undertake their PhD research project and a range of CDT-wide cohort-based activities and Industry-informed training on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

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Benefits of joining our programme

  • A joint PhD programme fully integrated between two leading universities
  • A supportive cohort environment
  • Direct access to experts from industry
  • Access to facilities, training and support from additional partner institutions
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. This will be at the heart of each of our CDTs, including ensuring flexibility in all activities so that CDT participants with caring and family responsibilities are able to participate fully.

How to Apply

Nottingham: Select the ‘Apply for a course’ option at the MyNottingham portal and follow the instructions on University Postgraduate Study page. Please attach a covering letter and CV. In the covering letter please quote ‘ENG1266’ as the reference and state how your interests and experience relate to the CDT. Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Eligibility Criteria

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. 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.


For general CDT and application enquiries email: Specific enquiries to Professor Stuart Barr (Newcastle: or Professor Stuart Marsh (Nottingham: