About this Centre

The University of Cambridge and UCL have joined forces to develop the next generation of researchers working on connected electronic and photonic systems that will change the way we live and work.

Funded 4-year studentships are available for UK residents. 
APPLY NOW for September 2020

Two world-leading universities have combined their expertise in photonics to establish a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (CEPS). The Centre is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and delivers an advanced training programme alongside ground-breaking research in the field of photonics.

We train postgraduate students using innovative teaching and learning techniques and collaborations with industry-leading companies and research centres worldwide.

"If you really want to change the world,
then why not study with us"

Professor Cyril Renaud, Assistant Director

How to apply

We are now accepting applications for September 2020 entry.

Step 1: Pre-application and interview 

Prospective students should complete a Pre-Application FormShortlisted candidates are invited to interview. Successful candidates will be asked to make a full application. 

We process pre-applications on an ongoing basis between November and June. Interviews take place monthly. Pre-applications close in June for September intake.

Step 2: Full application

Candidates who are successful at pre-application stage are invited to make a full application to either UCL or University of Cambridge. Full-applications close in July for September intake.

Who should apply

We welcome applications from:

  • UK graduates with a good first degree (1st or 2:1) in a relevant science and/or engineering. 
  • EU and overseas students with equivalent qualifications. 
  • Applicants with relevant qualifications or industry experience who can demonstrate scientific or engineering research capability.

Funding and financial support

Funded studentships for UK and EU applicants

Fully funded places (stipend and fees) are available for UK and EU students who meet residency requirements.
See the APPLY page for details.

Further details on funding and the applications process can be found on the APPLY page.

Financial support for overseas students

Funding opportunities and scholarships are available to EU and overseas students on the basis of academic achievements and potential. Deadlines and eligibility criteria differ depending on the funder and institution.

Further details can be found here: Funding offered at the University of Cambridge    |    Funding offered at UCL

Equality and diversity

Both UCL and University of Cambridge are committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion in the recruitment, selection, education and assessment of students. We welcome applicants regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Our institutional Equality and Diversity policies can be found here:  University of Cambridge    |    UCL