The MPE CDT is a 1+3 year funded PhD programme, with the first year taking the form of an MRes (Masters by Research) course, leading to a jointly awarded degree from Imperial College London and the University of Reading. The following 3 years focus on the PhD project, and lead to the award of a PhD from either Imperial or Reading, depending on source of the major supervisory input.
The first year MRes students work as a cohort across the two institutions, whether based in Reading within the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences or based at Imperial within the Department of Mathematics, in each case in high spec accommodation designed for the CDT. The MRes cohort takes courses together, in large part through high-speed interactive videolink, meets together weekly for MPE Wednesdays, and trains together in occasional residential workshops, starting with the Kick-Off meeting in September, and including the annual Jamboree in December, and the Mathematical Modelling Week in Term 3.
Useful details on the first year MRes programme can be found in the current MRes_Mathematics_Planet_Earth_Handbook_2016.
The main focus in years 2-4 is the individual PhD project, but a strong interactive and supportive cohort feel is maintained across the institutions through the joint seminars on MPE Wednesdays, and through substantial training and study, including a cutting edge mathematics course, a training course run jointly with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, short management and leadership training courses, and the 10-week Met Office Training and Research Programme in year three.