Postgraduate research study

We offer an enhanced PhD training programme to address the world’s demand for individuals with scientific expertise in AI and machine perception, as well as professional and cross-disciplinary skills required to develop and deploy future AI intelligent sensing technologies for modern life.

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PhD Studentships AI & Machine Perception

Ten fully-funded PhD studentships including fees and stipend available for outstanding candidates (UK & Overseas) to join the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey.

There is no better time to join us!

Our vision is to engage PhD, post-doctoral and industry researchers in AI and machine perception across the UK in high-quality training and networking with industry to ensure that the UK leads the future development of this field.

Our training programme enables PhD students to gain the research skills needed to obtain an internationally-recognised PhD including:

  • Multi-disciplinary knowledge of the fundamental science and practical application of multi-sensory machine perception
  • Experience of applying their research in industry and the public sector to real-world challenges and data; understanding of responsible research and innovation
  • Transferable skills such as entrepreneurship and communication, including engineering competence skills suitable for professional registration (EurIng, CEng)
  • An open science approach to research, through open publication of research papers, data and software
  • Entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented attitude through exposure to SME and spin-off companies in our network. 

CVSSP is a destination of choice for postgraduate talent and it is part of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

What we offer

  • Cohort-based research training with training weeks on transferable skills, science schools on research topics and facilitated sandpits for agile cross-disciplinary team solution to industry challenges
  • Individual research training to develop in- depth research experience and specific skills tailored for the individual and their personal career development plan
  • Opportunities for engagement with non-academic industry and user partners throughout the research programme incl. project design, training in industrial practice and industrial secondments. The learning objective is to ensure that all PhD researchers gain a cross-disciplinary understanding of both the fundamental science and real-world application of multi-sensory machine perception.
CVSSP Summer Walk

We have a thriving community of over 90 postgraduate research students conducting research across a broad range of areas. Our research cohorts are internationally diverse with students from all over the world, studying on a full or part-time basis. You can view our research or contact the relevant academic with an informal enquiry.

Postgraduate research courses start in October, January, April and July and run for 48 months full time. Offers may be conditional of applicants achieving the minimum requirements for IELTS and having satisfactory academic qualifications. Contact CVSSP Admin ( if you have a general enquiry.

Transform future media experiences

Six fully-funded PhD studentships including fees and stipend available for outstanding candidates to join the BBC partnership 'AI4ME' at the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey.

PhD studentship opportunities at CVSSP

Centre for Doctoral Training in Audio-Visual Machine Perception (CDT-AVMP)

Our Centre for Doctoral Training offers an enhanced doctoral training programme to address industry demand for individuals with cross-disciplinary scientific expertise in AI and machine perception, working in teams with integrated professional skills in software, project management, innovation and understanding of ethics and regulation of AI and data science research.

Current PhD studentships

We have ten fully-funded PhD studentships (UK and Overseas) in collaboration with industry partners including fees and stipend available for outstanding candidates.

Project PhD studentships

Our research

Can Machines Think? Past, present and future of AI

Our research has pioneered new technologies for the benefit of society and the economy, with applications spanning healthcare, security, entertainment, robotics, autonomous vehicles, communication and audio-visual data analysis.

CVSSP research facilities

CVSSP Facilities Virtual Tour

We have unique facilities to support audio-visual machine perception research, including: a multiple camera audio-visual recording studio with 16 Ultra HD cameras, video rate capture and processing, a 64 channel sound sphere, and robot vision platforms including a new autonomous car testbed.

PhD study at University of Surrey

Postgraduate Research at Surrey

Find out more about PhD study at the University of Surrey from the people at the heart of our doctoral research community – our incredible students and academics.

PhD programme details

Please contact Nan Bennett ( once you have applied for a PhD position or successfully submitted a PhD online application form.

China Scholarship Council-Surrey Official Awards

We have 10 fully funded PhD studentships for outstanding Chinese students.

CSC Scholarship

We are delighted to announce an official education partnership with the China Scholarship Council (CSC). The agreement will provide opportunities for talented Chinese PhD students to study at the University of Surrey under the joint CSC-Surrey Scholarship.

The fully-funded scholarship scheme will cover tuition fees and stipend for up to four years, as well as a return airfare. Ten scholarships will be available each year, and Surrey will welcome the first cohort in October 2022.

Contact CVSSP Admin ( if you have a general enquiry.