Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing studentship

The Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) is developing some of the most exciting and ground-breaking technologies from facial recognition for security and medical imaging understanding for cancer detection, through to 3D Spatial Audio and 3D reconstruction from video to enable visual-effects production in films and VR and right now we are offering outstanding candidates the opportunity to come and join us.


3 years

Application deadline

Funding information

These 3-year PhD studentships will cover Home/EU university tuition fees, a tax-free maintenance grant of up to £14,553 per annum and contribution to travel costs to present your research at national and international conferences.


We are looking for committed and enthusiastic applicants who want to be part of a rich and stimulating research environment where you will be encouraged to contribute to advancing the state-of-the art through publication and by participating in leading international forums.  Secondments are greatly encouraged during the course of the PhD to broaden experience and to ensure research is kept relevant to real-world problems.

CVSSP is a leading UK research centre in audio-visual signal processing, computer vision and machine learning. Our Centre is one of the largest in Europe with over 120 researchers and a grant portfolio in excess of £18.5million, bringing together a unique combination of cutting-edge sound and vision expertise.  Our aim is to advance the state of the art in multimedia signal processing and computer vision, with a focus on image, video and audio applications. Our Centre has a robust track-record of innovative research leading to technology transfer and exploitation in biometrics, creative industries (film, TV, games, VR), mobile communication, healthcare, robotics and consumer electronics.

Funding is available for up to 9 PhD studentships starting 2018/2019 in the following areas of research:

  • Audio-visual Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Science for Media
  • Computational Photography and 3D Video
  • Spatial Audio and Machine Audition
  • Robot Vision and Autonomous Systems
  • Biometrics and Surveillance
  • Medical Image Analysis and Healthcare Technology
  • Multimedia Communication Systems
  • Digital Doubles and Free-viewpoint Video
  • Vision and Audio for TV, Film, Games, Virtual and Augmented Reality

Eligibility criteria

All applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first-class degree in mathematics, science or engineering or masters with distinction (or 70% average) and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field. Additional experience which is relevant to the area of research is also advantageous. 

Studentships are open to overseas students provided they can support the difference between home and overseas fees (£15,805).

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with no sub-test of less than 6.0.

How to apply

Applications can be made through our PhD Vision, Speech and Signal Processing course page. In your application you must mention this studentship in order to be considered.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly to arrange a suitable time for an interview.

PhD Vision, Speech and Signal Processing

Contact details

For enquiries contact Mrs Nan Bennett indicating your areas of interest and including your CV with qualification details (copies of transcripts and certificates).

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