How to Apply

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We are no longer accepting applications to the Geospatial Systems CDT. Our final cohort commenced studies in September 2023. 


Application process

When applying to the CDT, applicants are required to submit an application to their desired host institution (i.e. the University they wish to study at) of either Newcastle University or the University of Nottingham. This can be done using the application links below.


Please note: applications are for 1+3 PhD and in year one candidates will study on an MRes in Geospatial Data Science. Therefore, applications at both Newcastle and Nottingham will initially be to the MRes programme.

Point Step 1

Applicants should submit an application to their desired host institution.

Point Step 2

Applications will be reviewed by the CDT Programme Team after the closing date and applicants will be informed if they have been invited to interview stage. Please note: we will keep you up-to-date with your application progress via email.

Point Step 3

Applicants that make stage two of the recruitment process will be invited attend an interview with the CDT Programme Team.

Point Step 4

Interview decisions will be communicated to applicants.

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PhD Studentships

EPSRC Studentships

Applications are now open for entry in September 2023. 

There will be a minimum of 11 fully-funded EPSRC PhD studentship awards available across Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham. Students are welcome to apply with their own research vision which we will help shape during the first year of the programme, our MRes in Geospatial Systems, with input from research teams at both Newcastle University and University of Nottingham. We also have a number of CDT Projects available for direct applications.


Please visit our PhD Researchers page for details on topics currently being undertaken in the CDT.


Further information can be found on our studentships page.

We welcome applications from Home and International (incl. EU) students from a range of backgrounds, including Computing, Engineering, Geography, Geomatics, Mathematics and related disciplines, and are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion to ensure fair opportunity for all. Please note that there are a limited number of international awards available.


Successful applicants will receive full fees and an annual living allowance which is based on the UKRI 2023/24 rate (estimated minimum award £18,550). A substantive Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £22,000 to cover the costs for consumables, travel, conferences, and access to placement opportunities with industrial partners.


For general enquiries about CDT studentships, email

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