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Imperial College London jointly with University College London has a number of four-year fully-funded studentships available. This funding usually requires you to be a home student*.  Successful applicants will be registered at either Imperial College London or University College London.

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, Information Technology, Nanomaterials, Healthcare, Security, Environment and Transport.  Each project will involve experts at both University College London and Imperial College London and you will spend time at both sites during your project.  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. 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 October 2019 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 (e.g. Materials, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical or Chemical Engineering).  Research projects on offer are diverse and successful applicants will choose a project after the initial three months of the programme, following discussions with project supervisors. Students will take taught courses at both universities during this three month period.

The following industry sponsored projects are currently available to start in October: 

Development of characterisation methods for aerospace failure investigation

In situ measurement of strains induced during Laser Shock Peening

Deformation micromechanisms around notches in titanium alloys

Low temperature sulphidation-related stress corrosion cracking of single crystal superalloys

Hydrogen Embrittlement in 3D printed Inconel 718 superalloy

Saving the Mary Rose: Determining the structural and material properties of a Tudor shipwreck

Nanomechanical characterisation of soft biomimetic materials

The crystal structure of graphitic carbon as a function of its compositions and associated materials

In addition to the above projects, the CDT-ACM is also able to offer a EPSRC fully funded studentship at UCL. Students will spend the first three months of their PhD undertaking a comprehensive training programme before selecting their project. Projects will be available in the following areas: Energy Materials, Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, Engineering Materials, Electronic and Magnetic Materials. To find out more about the type of projects on offer, please follow this link

For more information on how to apply please see our application procedure.

*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.