The Research Component (Years 2, 3, & 4)
Students that achieve excellent performance during their first year are able to progress to the three-year research component of their doctorate.
During this period they complete a piece of independent doctoral research equivalent to a standard UK PhD, under the guidance of two supervisors (typically one expert in complex systems modelling, and one expert from a particular modelling domain).
The choice of a student's project and supervisors is made by the student with guidance from their tutor. A typical project is developed jointly by a student and their prospective supervisors. In some cases, a student may have arrived with their own specific ideas. In other cases, a student develops their ideas over the course of the first year taught component. See the research pages for information on the research that is currently undertaken at the ICSS.
Running parallel with the doctoral research, students are also trained in best practice in science and engineering and key academic skills.
During the research component, there may be opportunities to spend time on secondment at an industrial or academic research lab. For example, a student working on modelling engineering design processes might spend time at Rolls Royce working directly in a relevant project.
The best ICSS students may be awarded ICSS "follow-on fellowships" at the conclusion of their PhD studies. Such awards will provide support for up to a year after a PhD viva in order to rapidly translate PhD research into publications and/or applications. This period of support will also allow the best students time to locate a suitable post-doc position or job rather than having to take the first one that comes along.