EPSRC CDT in Quantum Information Science and Technologies

4 year PhDs at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantum Information Science and Technologies (2024)

The University of Sussex, in partnership with the University of Bristol, has launched the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantum Information Science and Technologies (QIST) funded via the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This programme provides unique cross-disciplinary training in experimental and theoretical quantum information and quantum technologies, and specialised training in entrepreneurship, project management, collaborative working, responsible research and innovation (RRI), science policy, and communication skills.

What you get

The scholarship covers 4 years of:

-  Maintenance allowance above UK Research Council rates (£20,237 in 2024-5)

- PhD fees

- Research and training allowance

Type of award

4 year PhD scholarship

PhD project

Whether you're an engineer with an interest in quantum computing, a physicist with a passion for practical technologies or a mathematician with an aptitude for experimental work, this programme is the next step to a successful career in quantum technologies.

Our EPSRC Centre for  Doctoral Training in Quantum  Information Science and Technologies welcomes candidates with backgrounds in physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science or chemistry. 

This programme is the next step to a successful career in quantum technologies, whether you are interested in : 

  •  developing and constructing practical quantum computers
  • developing quantum algorithms and quantum error correction
  • developing quantum networks 
  • building and testing quantum sensors 
  • learning and demonstrating the modelling power of quantum simulators 

 Our programme:  Our four-year programme has been designed by leading academics and industry partners and includes a broad range of taught modules at Sussex and at Bristol in year one leading to a three year research project phase. Postgraduate researchers at Sussex can benefit from:

  • Guided and self-inspired learning with a broad range of PhD research projects available
  • Experience of practical application as well as a sound theoretical understanding of quantum physics
  • Developing complementary skills – such as commercialisation and science communication – necessary for academic and industrial excellence
  • Access to an international network of world-class academic and industrial collaborators
  • Industry trip to USA to visit companies and research labs working in the quantum field
  • Financial support for academic and industrial secondments
  • Opportunity and funding to attend international and national conferences
  • A cohort approach to learning, enabling students to learn from each other in a rapidly evolving field
  • Access to a broad technology base and state-of-the-art facilities at Sussex and Bristol


Applicants should have at least an upper-second class undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Physics, Mathematics or Engineering (or equivalent qualification).

Scholarships are available for UK candidates only in this round as our international places have been filled.

UK candidates include UK nationals resident in the UK for the last 3 years and EU nationals with pre/settled status in the UK . Candidates requiring a visa to study in the UK are not eligible in this round.

Candidates for whom English is not their first language will require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any section - English language requirements

Applications are particularly welcomed from UK candidates with protected characteristics – e.g., from Black and other ethnic minorities who are under-represented in postgraduate research at our institution.

Number of scholarships available

Up to 10 per year


15 May 2024 23:45

How to apply

Please follow the guidelines below on how to apply to our new four-year QIST PhD programme: 

Apply on our Postgraduate Admissions system here 

  • Start a new application and choose Physics (PhD) start date September 2024 
  • In the “Finances/Funding” field write “QIST PhD”  
  • Upload all required documents (CV, personal statement, degree certificates and transcripts and English Language Certificate is applicable) 



Contact us

For further information about the programme at Sussex contact Prof Winfried Hensinger

For questions about the application form contact mps-pgrsupport@sussex.ac.uk


Deadline for applications: 15 May  2024

Visit/Interview days: commencing late May 2024

Offers made: from late May2024


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
15 May 2024 23:45 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from the following country: