The CDT has a number of four-year fully-funded EPSRC studentships available. This funding stream requires you to be a home student*. Formally you will be registered at either Imperial College London or University College London.

This joint CDT in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials will provide you with a PhD training programme 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 also receive professional development training delivered by our award-winning Graduate Schools. Your personal development and the world-leading research you are engaged in 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 programme seeks candidates for October 2018 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 applicants are encouraged to discuss their research interests and possible research programmes with the course organisers, who may be contacted at Closing date for applications is ongoing until all positions are flled.

For more information please see our website: To make informal enquires please contact the CDT team at

Applications to the CDT will be handled in two stages:

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

Stage 2: Suitable applicants will be interviewed, and if successful invited to make a formal application.

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


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