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CDT PIADS is now accepting applications for PhD and EngD positions commencing September 2019.  

Students will join our vibrant and well-established Centre for Doctoral Training and will be fully registered at both Queen's University Belfast and the University of Glasgow for the entire 4-year training programme.  They will also benefit from our new partnership and collaboration with the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) at Tyndall National Institute in Cork.  PIADS students will have unique access to world class facilities and academic expertise at the University of Glasgow, Queen's University in Belfast and with IPIC in Cork. 

Our well-established partnerships with Seagate Technology, IQE plc, Compound Technologies Global, Kelvin Nanotechnology and Oxford Instruments Ltd will continue.  This industrial partnership base is further strengthened by the addition of new partners Andor, Yelo, Cirdan Imaging, Causeway Sensors, aXenic, Thales and the Fraunhofer Institute.

The PIADS 2.0 Programme

Building on our successes to date we have refreshed our 4-year doctoral training programme which now offers both PhD and EngD routes.  Both routes provide an innovative research environment where PIADS doctoral researchers integrate and cooperate with peers, industrial partners and academics across a range of disciplines, embracing new approaches to research, developing their communication skills and the ability to inspire and influence others.

Further detail on the programme can be found using the links to the left of the screen.


We value inclusivity and are committed to creating and sustaining a positive environment for all applicants, students and staff.  We take a proactive approach in supporting a diverse set of students from a range of different academic disciplines and backgrounds, and have a good track record in supporting our doctoral researchers from a range of ethnic backgrounds, of different nationalities and those with heath issues and family responsibilities.

In renewal, PIADS staff, students and partners will embrace a prioritised Diversity agenda and work closely with colleagues across the departments, universities and our industry partner base to further champion diversity in science and engineering research.

We welcome applications and enquiries from all applicants who can fulfill the prerequisites for admission to the CDT PIADS programme and we are happy to connect with potential applicants on a one-to-one basis about any queries they may have about their suitability for the programme.  Candidates can make contact, in confidence, to Brenda Morris or Caryn Hughes using the Key Contacts information to be found at the left of the screen.