We are keen to hear from aspiring PhD students and researchers who are interested in working with us. We are part of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, which provides a highly stimulating environment for research, attracting outstanding applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds.

If you are interested in joining us, please consider the following options:

If you cannot find the answer that you are looking for in this page, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis.

PhD Studies

If you want to get in touch regarding PhD opportunities at TSL, we ask you first email a research proposal to Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis, accompanied by an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV).

The proposal should have the following structure:

We will not be considering applications from applicants who have not sent us an expression of interest with the above format.

If you have any questions about the process, please refer to the list of FAQ’s bellow. If you still cannot find the answer you are looking for, please do get in touch. General information can also be found at the Imperial College webpage.

Will I be contrained 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 over the course of 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 succesful candidates to be in posession of 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 equivalance 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 that you have an IELTS certificate with a 7.0 minimum grade, or equivalent.

Please refrain from applying before you have met the College’s English Language Requirements.

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 large range of scholarships are available at Imperial College, with various deadlines throughout the year. Guidance to applicants is avaiable in 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 honors (top 1-3% of their year).


IC Presidents Scholarships: AS TSL 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 in order 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 in order 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 make a contribution to the cost of the degree (£30k over 4 years). Succesful students will be jointly supervised and must spend at least three months with the industrial partner.

External Schemes: Many governments and foundations operate scholarship schemes that can support PhD studies at Imperial College London. For a non-exlusive 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 succesful in obtaining an external scholarship, or are able to 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

Update 28/08/20: We do not currently have direct funding available for post-docs 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

Unfortunately we cannot offer internship placements to external undergraduate students). We do welcome applications for summer internships from internal students who are currently registered with Imperial College London.

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.

Research Visits

We welcome expressions of interests from doctoral students and researchers from other institutions or industrial R&D centre. Any interested applicants must get in touch with Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis.

Please note that our Department charges a bench fee to all research visitors.

What are the requirements for a research visit?

It is a key requirement for a sufficient alignment of interest to exist between the visiting researcher and our group.

Please note that an English Language Requirement applies to all visiting students (minimum IELTS score of 7.0).

Can you waive the fees for research visits?
Unless an ongoing exchange programme exists between Imperial College London and your institution, we will not be able to waive our bench fees.