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

Imperial College London, University College London & Trinity College Dublin

Duration: 48 months (starting in Autumn 2021)

Imperial College London, University College London and Trinity College Dublin jointly offer a number of four-year fully-funded PhD studentships as part of the CDT-ACM. Successful applicants will be registered at either Imperial College London, University College London or Trinity College Dublin.

The CDT-ACM programme trains new scientists to become experts in the application of advanced analytical techniques for materials development. It offers training in the application of state-of-the-art characterisation techniques for materials challenges in five thematic key areas of societal importance:

(1) Energy Materials

(2) Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine

(3) Engineering Materials

(4) Electronic and Magnetic Materials

(5) Instrumentation & Technique Development

Each research project will involve experts from at least two of the universities, and you will spend time at all sites during your research and training. You will also undertake a placement for at least one month 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. Students will take taught courses at the London universities during the first three months of their training, and will spend two weeks in Dublin afterwards for further training. 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.

The CDT seeks candidates for October 2021 entry. You will hold, or be expected to achieve, a Master’s degree or a 4 year undergraduate degree at 2:1 level (or above) in a relevant subject, e.g. Material Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering. Research projects on offer are diverse and successful applicants will choose a project, following discussions with project supervisors. There are a number of projects at Imperial College London and UCL as well as at Trinity College Dublin available in 2021.

To make informal enquiries please contact the CDT team on Information on how to apply can be found here.


Applications will be handled in two stages:

Stage 1: Suitable applicants will be interviewed by staff members of the CDT-ACM.

Stage 2: Successful applicants will be invited to make a formal application at their chosen university.


The funding covers a stipend and fees at Home Student (Imperial College London & UCL) or EU (Trinity College Dublin) rate. You are welcome to apply if you do not fall in this category for more details on the eligibility check here.


Closing date: 4 January 2021

Interviews will take place in the first half of February 2021

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

All three universities are committed to equality and valuing diversity. Imperial College London and UCL are Athena SWAN Silver Award holders and Stonewall Diversity Champions. Trinity College Dublin is an Institutional Athena Swan Bronze Award holder and a signatory to Diversity Charter, Ireland, Imperial College London is a Two Ticks Employer and is working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. UCL holds a race equality bronze award. Trinity College Dublin was awarded Public Sector Employer of the Year at the Workplace Equality Index Awards 2016.