You can get in touch with us through email with any questions regarding admissions and recruitment. Although we are doing our best to respond to every enquiry, please check whether your query is addressed by the information below.

PhD Studies

Are you currently accepting PhD applications?


We always welcome applications from potential PhD researchers with a strong record of academic achievement. However, as we can admit no more than two new researchers in our group per year, you are advised to apply early.

What are my chances of being accepted to your PhD programme?

We use the following three criteria when assessing new applications:

  • Academic achievement: Successful applicants will hold a first-class Masters degree in an engineering discipline or non-UK equivalent.
  • English language skills: Successful applicants should meet our minimum English Language requirements, as outlined below.
  • Alignment of research interests: Your research interests must be closely aligned with our research portfolio and current research priorities.
Where can I find information regarding TSL's academic requirements?

For the minimum admission requirements set by Imperial College, you can refer to this page.

We expect successful candidates to have a first-class Masters-level degree (or non-UK equivalent), and as such, our requirements may be slightly higher than the grades listed on the above page.

For general guidance on the approximate equivalence of non-UK degree classifications, you can consult this table.

What are the English language requirements for TSL applicants?

All PhD applicants must show that they have a sufficiently good level of written and spoken English to meet the demands of our challenging academic environment.

If English is not your first language, we will expect you to have an IELTS certificate with a minimum grade of 7.0 on the writing component, or equivalent.

Please refrain from applying before you have met the above requirement.

Shall I get in touch with you before applying?

If you are confident that you meet our academic and English language requirements, you are indeed encouraged to get in touch with our group leader, Dr Angeloudis, attaching an up-to-date CV and a very brief description of your research interests.

Please ensure that your CV includes details regarding your degree classification (first class, distinction, etc.), GPA, graduation rank, or any other relevant information that might help us determine whether you meet our academic entry criteria.

Will I be constrained to the topic that I identify in my research proposal during my studies?
The topic proposed at this stage is not binding and will evolve over the course of your studies.
Can I apply for the Imperial College President's scholarship scheme?


As our group already hosts a recipient of this prestigious award, we will not be able to make any new nominations to this scheme before 2023.

Can you fund my PhD studies?

We will be advertising any TSL-specific PhD studentships on this website, our Departmental PhD opportunities page and relevant mailing lists (i.e. UTSG).

Update 20/01/22

There are currently no TSL-specific PhD studentship opportunities, but interested applicants are encouraged to apply to one of the College-wide scholarship schemes advertised on this page. A scholarship search engine is also available here.

Please note that these schemes are highly competitive, and we will be only nominating applicants who graduated with summa cum laude honours (top 1-3% of their year). Many of our students are also funded through scholarship schemes from their home countries - please let us know if you have identified such a scheme.

How long will it take until I receive a response to my application?
The processing time of submitted PhD applications is approximately three months.
When should I submit my application?

As we can only admit a limited number of PhD students to our group every year, we encourage potential applicants to submit their applications as early as possible.

Furthermore, if you want to be considered for any internal scholarship, you must check the relevant pages for any additional deadlines that might apply.

How should I structure my research statement?

Should you decide to proceed with an application, please make sure that you include a personal statement that is 3-4 pages long and follows the structure below:

  • A summary of the research topics that excite you.
  • A section on your thoughts on how you endeavour to fill existing gaps in knowledge.
  • Overview of your academic background, highlighting previous GPAs, awards received, and graduation rank.
  • Summary of any prior research outputs (i.e. dissertations, research placements).
  • Brief literature survey that covers recent developments in your area of interest.
If my application is accepted, when would my studies begin?
Although PhD students can commence their studies at any time, our preference is for a start date in early October, which would coincide with most induction courses and welcome events.
Are there any other sources of information that I could refer to?
You might find it helpful to also look at the general admission information provided in the Imperial College webpage.

Postdocs and Fellowships

We do not currently have direct funding available for postdocs and research fellows. However, if you would like to propose a collaboration based on an externally-funded post-doctoral scholarship, please get in touch.

UROP and Internships

We welcome applications for summer internships from students who are currently studying towards an undergraduate engineering, mathematics or computer science degree in the United Kingdom.

For further information, please refer to the homepage of our UROP Programme, and register your interest with Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis by the beginning of the Spring Term.

As an MEng student, can I undertake my final year project at TSL?

The projects we offer typically require excellent analytical and programming skills (Python, R, C# or similar).

As we only have a few positions available every year, we advise any interested candidates to register their interest before the end of their 3rd year of studies.