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

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

Applications for 2021 are now open

We are now open for our third cohort of students to start in September 2021.

Find out more about our AAPS CDT programme

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for our CDT, please email our Student Experience and Programmes Officer, Jessica Ohren at with an expression of interest.

Your expression of interest should include:

  • a 300-word personal statement on how your research interest and personal purpose aligns with the AAPS CDT vision, and why you want to be part of the CDT.
  • which AAPS Research Theme(s) you feel your interests most fit into
  • 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 scan of your academic transcripts
  • where you heard about us

Our team will be in touch and if you are shortlisted we will ask you to make a formal application through our Doctoral College. We will review formal applications and invite candidates to an interview. We will make a final decision after this interview.

Submission deadlines

You should apply early for our CDT as the application process is competitive and we have limited places. We can only consider applications if spaces are available.

We receive your interest by Potential interview
10 December First or second week of January
6 January First week of February
30 January First week of March
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

Routes of joining the CDT

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

Join with a specific advertised project

You can apply for a specific project advertised by one of our CDT's supervisors. You'll still be part of the cohort and spend your first year studying the MRes and taking part in CDT training activities.

Find out more about the current projects available in the AAPS CDT.

Join through the open pool, without a predefined project

You can apply to join our CDT and spend your first year studying the MRes and taking part in CDT training activities as well as choosing your PhD topic, supervisory team and industrial partners to support your research. This is referred to as being part of the ‘common pool’. Once you begin your studies you should express your preferences for PhD topics/areas early in the academic year so work can begin to start the process of defining your project.

Find out more about the CDT programme

If you join the CDT as part of ‘common pool’ then, as other projects become available throughout the MRes year they will be advertised to you before being advertised externally.

Entry requirements

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

English Language requirements

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. - The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element - TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Please check our English language requirements for further information.


UK Students

Our integrated programme lasts four to five years (full time). We have at least 10 fully funded 4-year studentships available for all students accepted from the UK. You may also receive funding from one of our external partnership organisations.

Your studentship covers:

  • UK University fees
  • Payment of a tax-free maintenance stipend (£15,285 pa—2020/21 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, please 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.


If you have any questions, please contact us.