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Welcome to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems (IPES) and the CDT in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (CEPS)

The University of Cambridge and UCL have joined forces to develop the next generation of integrated and connected photonic and electronic systems, which will change the way we live and work.
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Pioneering Research with Light
World leading research into the next generation of photonics technologies. >>More Info...
Progress through Partnership
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Programmed for Excellence
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Plan your Future in Photonics with us
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Light is vital for life. It is also essential for the next generation of communication technologies to be created and a wave of other new technological developments which will transform our world for the better.


Two Universities. One Centre. One Course.

The two world leading UK universities have combined their expertise in photonics to establish an exciting new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (announced Feb 2019), leveraging their current strong collaborations in research and innovation. We train postgraduate students, using innovative teaching and learning techniques and collaborates closely with a wide range of leading companies and research centres worldwide.

The Centre was founded in 2009 as the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Systems Development (PSD) and then in both 2013 and 2019 gained further funding from the EPSRC for a centre encompassing even more research groups at UCL and Cambridge with a stronger focus on the integration (IPES CDT) and connectivity of electronic and photonic systems (CEPS CDT).

If you would like to join us as a student or register your interest in working with us as an industrial partner, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Centre Studentships Available for UK and EU Applicants

We are now accepting applications for September 2019 entry for both UCL and Cambridge following the exciting news that we have received EPSRC funding for a new Centre for Doctoral Training in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (CEPS)! Fully funded offers are expected to be available for both UK and EU students who meet residency requirements. We are recruiting for the new CDT now.

To apply, potential applicants must first complete the Pre-Application Screening Form. This enables us to access your suitability at an early stage in the recruitment process. It normally takes 4-6 weeks for us to update applicants on the status of their pre-application. We will then invite shortlisted applicants who are fully eligible for funding to interview at either UCL or Cambridge between December 2018 and May 2019.

We encourage applications from everyone, regardless of sex, marriage or civil Partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race (including ethnic or national origin, nationality or colour), disability, sexual orientation, age, or religion or belief. Our institutional Equality and Diversity policies are at the links below:



Financial Support for Overseas Student Applicants and for 'MRes only' Applicants

Both UCL and Cambridge University offer many funding opportunities on the basis of applicant's academic achievements and potential to UK, EU and overseas students. Before applying for scholarships, read the eligibility criteria thoroughly and make sure you submit your funding application by the correct deadline (please note that some funding deadlines end before December 2018 for those planning on starting in Sept 2019). The links below are intended to help you begin your search for funding for joining the MRes Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems. You must apply for funding directly to the institution where you wish to be registered for your MRes:

Funding offered at the University of Cambridge | Funding offered at UCL