UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence


Applying for Foundational Artificial Intelligence MPhil/PhD

How to apply

We are accepting applications for the September 2020 start and you can apply directly using our online application system, however if you have any queries or concerns about the application process please email our CDT Manager, Sarah Turnbull: s.turnbull@ucl.ac.uk

The deadline for Overseas scholarships for a September 2020 was Friday, 3 January 2020. As this has now passed, we have allocated all overseas funding, and we are no longer able to consider further overseas candidates. We have a number of scholarships available for home and EU candidates which we will allocate as and when. The final deadline is the 1st June 2020. We may not be able to consider any applications recieved after this date unless there are exceptional circumstances, however all remaining funding will be allocated after this date.


Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a first or upper second-class degree or a Merit for a taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Machine Learning, Mathematics, Electronic Engineering or other similar engineering, mathematics or physical sciences based discipline). Candidates with lower grades but who have relevant industrial experience will also be considered.

If English is not your first language and you are not a national of a country deemed by either the UK Home Office or UCL to be "majority English speaking", you must be able to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate to the Standard Level under UCL’s English Language Requirements: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/learning-and-living-ucl/international-students/english-language-requirements

Please be aware that we require that all applications must contain the following to enable us to consider your application:

  • Research Proposal
  • Evidence of your qualifications & transcripts of grades
  • CV detailing relevant skills, experience and publications (if any)
  • Potential supervisor’s name

Writing a Proposal

Although your proposal may not be exactly what you end up researching while you are with us, we consider the Research Proposal to be an extremely important part of the application process. The Proposal is used to assess the quality and originality of your ideas, your skills in critical thinking and the feasibility of the research project. We have no minimum length or word limit, however your proposal should contain references and be relevant to Artificial Intelligence research.

You will be able to find several independent guides online for further help with how to write a Research Proposal that can be used for any institution.

Finding a Supervisor

We strongly recommend that our potential applicants contact their proposed supervisor directly before making a formal application. The reason for this, is that it can help speed up the process and help identify the most suitable person to review your application during the shortlisting process and interview if your application is shortlisted. Simply email them with your CV and research proposal directly and then take it from there.

You can find a list of potential supervisors on this webpage, however, if there is a member of UCL academic staff that you want to work with who is not on that list, please do still approach them and we can go from there.


Shortlisting Process

Please be aware that although you will receive a standard UCL notification after formal application that we aim to review all applications within 6 weeks, as the CDT funding is competitive, we are unable to review applications independently and will only be able to shortlist candidates after our application deadline.

We request that you ensure that your referees are aware that they should expect a reference request from us and to respond as promptly as possible; their reference will be used during the shortlisting process.

If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited for a formal interview, either in person or by Skype.