Research course

Interactive Artificial Intelligence

University of Bristol · Department of Computer Science

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

The Interactive Artificial Intelligence CDT is primarily aimed at students with a first degree in engineering or science and with strong programming skills, but will also consider applicants with suitable skills acquired in employment.

Months of entry


Course content

Our goal is to train you to become an innovator and research leader in responsible, data-driven, and knowledge-intensive human-in-the-loop AI systems. Our innovative, cohort-based training programme will deliver cohorts of highly trained PhD graduates with the skills to design and implement complex interactive AI pipelines that solve important societal problems in responsible ways.

The key AI challenges of tomorrow are posed by the need for interactive knowledge-intensive systems in which the human plays an essential role.

In close conversation with our industry partners, the University identified interactive artificial intelligence as a core discipline of AI where the need for and deficit in advanced AI skills is abundantly evident, while being homogeneous enough to have intellectual integrity and be taught and researched within the context of a single centre for doctoral training.

You will be trained by world-leading experts in knowledge-driven AI, data-driven AI and human-AI interaction and receive inter-disciplinary training in responsible AI. You will study and work in close collaboration with other members of your cohort, developing advanced AI pipelines within a bespoke software environment. After completing this unique four-year programme, graduates will be at the forefront of AI innovation in both research and deployable systems.

Find out more at the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Interactive Artificial Intelligence webpages.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Interactive Artificial Intelligence offers a number of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) studentships to eligible applicants covering tuition fees, maintenance stipend (£20,500/year), and research travel expenses.

Studentship funding is pro-rata and dependent on student registration status, with annual funding renewal dependent on maintaining excellent academic progress. Full details of the terms and conditions can be found on the EPSRC/UKRI webpage.

Applications received from self-funded students, externally sponsored international students, and EU students are welcome and will be considered.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research AdmissionsInteractive AI CDT Programme Enquiries
+44 (0) 117 455 4621