Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing studentships

The Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing's (CVSSP) research spans computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, audio-visual signal processing and medical imaging pioneering ground-breaking technologies for healthcare, security, entertainment and autonomous systems. Twelve fully-funded PhD studentships, including fees and stipend, are available for outstanding candidates to join the centre.

Start date

1 September 2019


3 years

Application deadline

Funding source

The University of Surrey

Funding information

These 3-year PhD studentships will cover Home or EU university tuition fees, a tax-free maintenance grant of up to £14,777 per annum and contribution to travel costs to present your research at national and international conferences. Studentships are open to overseas students provided they can support the difference between home and overseas fees (£16,540).


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

The twelve fully-funded PhD studentships are:

  1. Vision and audio for TV, film, games, virtual and augmented reality
  2. Audio-visual signal processing
  3. Biometrics and surveillance
  4. Computational photography and 3D video
  5. Computer vision
  6. Data science for media
  7. Digital doubles and free-viewpoint video
  8. Machine learning
  9. Medical image analysis and healthcare technology
  10. Multimedia communication systems
  11. Robot vision and autonomous systems
  12. Spatial audio and machine audition.

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 150 researchers and a grant portfolio in excess of £23 million, bringing together a unique combination of cutting-edge sound and vision expertise. Our aim is to advance the state-of-the-art in machine perception combining artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-modal sensing to enable machines to see, hear and understand the world around them. Our Centre has an outstanding track record of innovative research leading to technology transfer and exploitation in biometrics, creative industries (film, TV, games, VR, AR), mobile communication, healthcare, robotics, autonomous vehicles and consumer electronics.

CVSSP promotes a friendly, supportive and inclusive research environment. Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2018 ranked the University of Surrey 7th in the UK out of 63 and 4th for retention and completion. CVSSP’s average PRES 2018 result was 89%, with 100% overall satisfaction. CVSSP PhDs have received a number of prestigious awards for their research contributions including three British Machine Vision Association Sullivan Thesis Awards, European Biometrics Industry Achievement Awards, First prizes in Google audio and video recognition challenges, and best paper awards at numerous international conferences and journals.

Eligibility criteria

All applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first-class degree in a numerate discipline (mathematics, science or engineering) or MSc 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.

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with no sub-test of less than 6.

How to apply

Formal applications must be made through the online application process under the apply tab on the Vision, Speech and Signal Processing PhD course page.

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

Vision, Speech and Signal Processing PhD

Studentship FAQs

Read our studentship FAQs to find out more about applying and funding.

Application deadline

Contact details

For application enquiries please contact Mrs Nan Bennet (Email: N.Bennett@surrey.ac.uk, Telephone: +44 (0)1483 682353) indicating your areas of interest and including your CV with qualification details (copies of transcripts and certificates).


Studentships at Surrey

We have a wide range of studentship opportunities available.