PhD Studentships 

EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Characterisation for Materials (CDT-ACM)

Duration: 48 months (starting September/October 2020)

The Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials (CDT-ACM) is a joint centre led by Imperial College London, with partners University College London and Trinity College Dublin. Studentships are available for PhD places based at one of the three partners, with cohort based training delivered for all students taking place in London and Dublin.

The CDT-ACM has a number of four-year fully-funded studentships available for positions in either London or Dublin.  Successful applicants will be registered either in London (Imperial College London or University College London) or in Dublin (Trinity College Dublin). For students based in London the funding requires you to be a home student*.

The CDT-ACM PhD programme offers training in the application of state-of-the-art characterisation techniques to materials challenges in key thematic areas of societal importance such as Energy Materials, Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, Engineering Materials, and Electronic and Magnetic Materials. Projects in London will involve experts at both University College London and Imperial College London as well as training at Trinity College Dublin. Projects based in Dublin will involve experts in Trinity College Dublin with training at Imperial and UCL. Time will be spent at all three institutes throughout the four years. Successful applicants  registered at Trinity College Dublin will be required to spend their first semester in London attending lectures, receiving expert training and completing coursework with their UK colleagues at Imperial and UCL. Further short visits are scheduled during years 2-4 of the program.

You will also have a three-month placement at a leading international university, research institute or industrial partner.  Specially designed training modules in characterisation will be interwoven with your PhD research project, and you will receive professional development training delivered by our award-winning Graduate Schools as well as external partners. The world-leading research that you will be involved with will be closely linked with real-world applications, as the projects will be aligned with the priorities of our network of industrial partners. On graduation, you will be ideally qualified to follow a career path either in academia or industry. Our training philosophy is that our graduates will provide the innovation and creativity required to lead the world in the development, characterisation and manufacture of new materials, making a significant contribution to the quality of life of future generations.

This CDT seeks candidates for September/October 2020 entry. You will hold, or be expected to achieve, a Master’s degree in addition to a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at 2:1 level (or above) in a relevant subject (including but not limited to: Materials, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical or Chemical Engineering). Research projects on offer are diverse and successful applicants will choose a project following discussions with project supervisors after a successful interview. All students will take taught courses at Imperial and UCL for the first 3 months. Projects will be available in the following areas: Energy Materials, Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, Engineering Materials, Electronic and Magnetic Materials.


Applications will be handled in two stages:

Stage 1: Send a full CV to the CDT, including the marks (%) for all (undergraduate) Bachelors and Masters modules completed to date, the names and contact details of two referees, as well as a covering letter. Applications that do not provide all this information will not be considered.

Stage 2: Suitable applicants will be interviewed and, if successful, invited to make a formal University admissions application to confirm their place.

For a studentships in Dublin please send your documents to Sandra Ellis, CDT Manager (

For a studentship in London please send your documents to

* European Union nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to starting a PhD studentship. Overseas students with full funding are welcome to apply.

Closing date:  5th January 2020

Interviews will take place:

Week commencing 3rd February 2020 for UK studentships

Week commencing 24th February 2020 for Ireland studentships