UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence and Music (AIM), Queen Mary University of London

Up to 12 fully-funded PhD studentships to start September 2020
Covers fees and a stipend for four years
Application deadline: 31 January 2020

Why apply to the AIM Programme?

  • 4-year fully-funded PhD studentships available
  • Extensive choice of projects, drawing on a supervisory team of over 30 academics
  • Access to cutting-edge facilities and expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and music/audio technology
  • Comprehensive technical training at the intersection of AI and music through a personalized programme
  • Partnerships with over 20 companies and cultural institutions in the music, audio and creative sectors

More information on the AIM Programme can be found at:

Programme structure
Our Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) offers a four year training programme where students will carry out a research project in the intersection of AI and music, supported by taught specialist modules, industrial placements, and skills training. Find out more about the programme structure at:

Who can apply?
We are on the lookout for the best and brightest students interested in the intersection of music/audio technology and AI. Successful applicants will have the following profile:

  • Hold or be completing a Masters degree at distinction or first class level, or equivalent, in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Music/Audio Technology, Physics, Mathematics, or Psychology. In exceptional circumstances we accept applicants with a first class Bachelors degree who do not hold a Masters degree, provided that applicants can provide evidence of equivalent research experience, industry experience, or specialist training.
  • Programming skills are strongly desirable; however we do not consider this to be an essential criterion if candidates have complementary strengths.
  • Formal music training is desirable, but not a prerequisite.

For this round of applications we are offering a number of scholarships to applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK (i.e. have lived and studied/worked in the UK at least the last three years – this includes EU nationals) and a smaller number of scholarships to international students.

We have a large number of 4-year PhD studentships available for students starting in September 2020 which will cover the cost of tuition fees and will provide an annual tax-free stipend  (£17,009 in 2019/20). The CDT will also provide funding for conference travel, equipment, and for attending other CDT-related events.

The AIM programme also welcomes applications from students who have sponsorship for PhD study from numerous international funding agencies and also accepts self-funded students. For more information on external PhD studentships and self-funded please visit .

Apply Now
Information on applications and PhD topics can be found at:
Application deadline: 31 January 2020
Application deadline for China Scholarship Council applicants only: 12 January 2020
For further information on eligibility, funding and the application process please visit our website. Please email any questions to