Join the CDT in Control and Systems Engineering for your PhD

Welcome to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Control & Systems Engineering. Study your PhD at ACSE and join us in a unique department, with a widely acknowledged reputation for world-leading research. You will enter a community of researchers some of whom will become friends and colleagues for life.

Why Control and Systems Engineering?

Systems and control theory plays a crucial role in modern science and technology as well as in economics, management and even politics. We believe that no other branch of engineering has a wider impact or more potential to contribute to the future prosperity and economic competitiveness of the UK. Indeed, the UK Government has recently identified robotics and autonomous systems as one of eight “great technologies” which will propel future UK growth.

Our alumni have built on their experience with us and gone on to become leaders in industry, commerce, academia and the public services, some reaching the tops of their chosen professions - join us and begin your path to the top

PhD Key Facts

Start date: End of September/Beginning of February

Duration: Typically 3 years (full-time)

Entry requirements: We generally require a good undergraduate Honours degree (UK 2:1 or better) or MSc (merit or distinction) in a relevant science or engineering subject. Overseas candidates - please refer to guidance on equivalent qualifications provided by the International Office

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6 in each component) / TOEFL 88+

Assessment: Thesis

Application procedure: See How to apply

Finance: Tuition Fees information here


Our Research

Research student

In our research we address fundamental challenges in understanding and managing the complexity of man-made and natural systems. Our approach focuses on theoretical developments in complex systems analysis, modelling, control and computational intelligence.

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PhD Projects

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Our research portfolio covers medicine, biology, aerospace, manufacturing and robotics. We are actively involved in cutting-edge research in systems/synthetic biology, neuroscience and cognition, healthcare, smart materials and sensors, autonomous systems, transport, energy, computational finance, earth and space environment.

Projects directory

Professional Training

Research students

In addition to your research topic, you will undertake wider research training aimed at making you an effective researcher and communicator and helping you become a leader in your chosen area.

Our CDT training programme

 Research Environment

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We provide a rich intellectual environment and excellent research facilities for our research students.

As a PhD student you will become a member of our research community. You will enjoy a vibrant seminars programme plus support for conferences and symposia.

Research Environment and student support