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Applying to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS)

You can apply to AAPS from 1 October to 30 June each year. Find out more about our application process and whether our CDT is the right fit for you.

How to join our CDT

There are two ways that you can join our AAPS CDT.

  1. You can apply for a specific project advertised by one of our CDT's supervisors. You'll still be part of a cohort and spend your first year studying the MRes and taking part in CDT training activities.
  2. You can apply to join our CDT and spend your first year choosing your PhD topic, supervisory team and industrial partners to support your research.

Entry requirements

To apply for this programme, you should have a first class or strong second class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.

We welcome applications from UK and EU graduates. If English is not your first language, the requirements for this programme are IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components. Please check our English language requirements for further information.


UK and EU students

Our integrated programme lasts four to five years (full time) with funding for four years. We expect to have around seven studentships available each year for the next five years. You may also receive funding from one of our external partnership organisations.

Your funding covers:

  • UK/EU fees
  • maintenance stipend £15,009 pa (2019/20 rate)
  • training support fund (£1000/year)
  • AAPS training activities
  • office space and computing facilities

You can apply for more funding to support your placement and any national and international academic exchanges once you have registered.

International students

We may be able to secure full studentship funding to support exceptional international students. If you already have funding or would like to apply for funding, apply directly through our Doctoral College including all the information outlined below.

If you are from China or Paraguay, you could be eligible for one of our specific scholarships.

Part-time study

Our course provides an integrated, four-year, full-time programme of study. This is so you'll grow and progress as a cohort. We expect you to study full time; however, we may be able to offer a part-time option in years two to four in exceptional circumstances.

Application process

If you are interested in applying for our CDT, email our Student Experience and Programmes Officer, Jessica Ohren at with the following:

  • the title of the project you're applying for (if applicable)
  • a two-page CV of your academic and work experience, including your nationality and country of residence for the past three years (not including full-time education)
  • a 250-word personal statement on why you want to apply for AAPS
  • a scan of your academic transcripts
  • where you heard about us

Our team will be in touch and if you are short-listed we will ask you to make a formal application through our Doctoral college. We will review formal applications and invite candidates to an interview at the University (expenses paid). We will make a final decision after this interview.

Submission deadlines

You should apply early for our CDT as we usually fill places by March. We'll only consider applications received after mid-February if spaces are available.

We receive your interest by Potential interview
31 October First week of December
30 November First or second week of January
31 December First week of February
28 February First week of April
31 March First week of May
30 April First week of June
31 May First week of July
30 June These will be held on a case-by-case basis