This page contains guidance for prospective applicants who would wish to join our group. Please refer to the relevant section below for our answers to frequently asked questions relating to different types of applicants:

You can also get in touch with us for any queries that are not covered by the guidance on this page.

PhD Studies

We always welcome applications from potential PhD applicants with a strong record of academic achievement. If you are interested in applying for a PhD position in our lab, we recommend that in the first instance, you should send a get in touch with our group leader, Dr Angeloudis, attaching an up-to-date CV.

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.

PhD funding is available through a variety of scholarship schemes (information and links available below). Please be advised that we will only nominate applicants who have obtained a 1st class degree (or equivalent) at an undergraduate level and distinction (or equivalent) at the MSc level.

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.

If you have any questions about the process, please refer to the list of FAQs below. General information can also be found at the Imperial College webpage.

Will I be constrained to the topic that I identify in my research proposal during my studies?
The topic that you propose at this stage is not binding and is expected to evolve throughout a PhD.
What are the academic requirements for admission to TSL as a PhD student?

We welcome candidates with a background in any relevant engineering/scientific discipline and a passion for transport systems and logistics.

For the minimum academic requirements set by Imperial College for admission, 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 link.

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

In addition to graduation grades, we also consider relevant experience, proficiency in English and references in our review process. We generally expect that our candidates should have excellent mathematical skills, a good command of modern scientific programming languages (i.e. Python, Julia, R, C++, C#), and a familiarity with operations research or transport analytics.

What are the English language requirements for admission to TSL as a PhD student?

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.

What forms of funding are available for doctoral students?

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

A broad range of scholarships is available at Imperial College, with various deadlines throughout the year. Guidance to applicants is available on this page, with a searchable engine available here.

Update 10/07/20

We would recommend that any applicants who are interested in applying for one of the scholarship schemes offered by Imperial College London to approach us before December. 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).


IC Presidents Scholarships: As our group already hosts a recipient of this prestigious award, we will not be making any further nomination to this scheme before 2023.

Imperial China Scholarship Council (CSC): Applicants to this internal scheme will need a First-class degree equivalent and should have graduated at the top of their cohort to be competitive. We anticipate the deadline for applications to be in January 2021.

Skempton Scholarships: This Departmental scheme is open to all applicants. It provides a bursary and covers tuition fees to Home-level. Applicants to this internal scheme will need a First-class degree equivalent and should have graduated at the top of their cohort to be competitive. As we will be nominating a single applicant for each round (March and June), applicants are advised to get in touch with us early.

EPSRC CASE awards: This scheme is particularly relevant to applicants from the UK who are already employed by a company that is willing to contribute to the cost of the degree (£30k over four years). Successful students will be jointly supervised and must spend at least three months with an industrial partner.

External Schemes: Many governments and foundations operate scholarship schemes that can support PhD studies at Imperial College London. For a non-exclusive list of schemes that are known to us, you can refer to this page.

Let us know in your initial email if you have been successful in obtaining an external scholarship or can self-fund your studies.

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 any potential applicants to submit their applications as early as possible.

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

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.

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 studing 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).

We also expect that any interested candidates will have registered to attend the CI4-423 module.

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.