Joining Us

PhD Students

If you aspire to develop yourself and conduct high-quality research as a PhD, you are at the right place! PhDs in my team receive comprehensive training and support through regular one-to-one meetings and team activities. These allow them to publish their research in prestige venues such as IEEE TIP, IEEE TVCG, CVPR and ICCV.

Many of my graduated PhDs have developed a successful career. Dr Shanfeng Hu became a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, Dr Naoya Iwamoto became a Senior Researcher in the industry (see the video about his work), Dr Pierre Plantard built his own start-up company with his PhD project, and Dr Jie Li who become a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University.

Current PhD research directions include:

I consider PhD applicants who:

  1. Have a research interest in one or more of the following areas:
    • Computer vision
    • Computer graphics
    • Machine learning
    • Biomedical engineering
  2. Have knowledge in modern programming languages
  3. Have a relevant undergraduate or master degree with good scores
  4. Meet Durham's entry requirements
  5. Meet Durham's English requirements

About Funding...

You may consider to self-fund your PhD study (see fees and living cost), or apply for a PhD scholarship:

  1. Durham University offers fully-funded, highly competitive PhD scholarships for outstanding PhD candidates.
  2. Depending on where you are from, you may apply for the following scholarships to study your PhD at Durham:
  3. Durham University also offers internships and industry funds.
  4. More funding oppotunities can be found here.

Visiting PhDs

If you are a PhD student wishing to learn new things and develop a new network, you may consider to be a visiting student. This kind of visits typically lasts for six months. You will receive training and support the same way as my PhD students. I will work with you to decide a research project that we can complete within the timescale and submit to a conference or a journal.

My past visiting students come from different places in the world. Qianhui Men came from Hong Kong and published an IEEE TCSVT paper on human motion modelling during the visit. Yoshiki Kubotani came from Japan and published an ECCV paper on activity recognition.

I consider applicants who:

  1. Have a background in computer science
  2. Have a research interest that aligns with my team's research
  3. Are studying a relevant PhD degree

About Funding...

Many universities provide short-term funding for visits - a good way to begin is to explore any relevant program in your university. The CSC scholarship supports the visits of Chinese PhDs. You may also self-fund your visit. The living cost at Durham is affordable, and Durham University may wave the fees for applicants.

Academic Visitors

If you are an academic or a researcher who wishes to develop your potential further, you may work with me as an academic visitor. I can draw up a flexible plan to facilitate academic visits based on your visiting purpose and duration. The target of the visit is flexible and its duration can vary from a few months to a year. During your visit at Durham University, you can research with my team and expand your professional network in the UK. You may also attend Durham's research seminars to expand your knowledge.

My past academic visitors have achieved a lot. Dr Yuan Hu, who had a PhD in transportation, picked up advanced machine learning knowledge for developing self-driving vehicles and published his research in IET ITS. Shoujiang Xu, a Lecturer in China having his sabbatical, began his research in artificial intelligence and published a journal paper.

To Apply

Please send your full resume together with any supporting documents to hubert.shum[at]



Last updated on 3 May 2024
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