We welcome applications from candidates for the Autumn 2021 entry. Ideally, 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 Science, 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.

Funding & eligibility

The CDT is funded by the EPSRC (UK) and the SFI (Ireland) respectively:

The EPSRC funding covers the stipend and fees at Home-student rate as well as a research budget. The UK government will decide in due course if  EU students with settled or pre-settled status are eligible for the Home-student rate. For latest information on this check the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) FAQ site or the universities’ sites for prospective students (Imperial, UCL). For more information on settled status go to the gov.uk website.

The SFI funding covers the stipend and EU-student rate fees as well as a research budget. Applicants must have been resident in an EU member state for 3 out of the last 5 years to be eligible for funding through this programme. For more information visit the Trinity College Dublin site.

You can still apply if you do not fall under these categories but you will need to cover the difference in fees. For up to date information on postgraduate research fees go to the university websites: UCL, Imperial College London or Trinity College Dublin

How to apply

To apply you need to fill out our Application Form and send your application to the email address specified in the form. Your application should consist of a cover letter, your CV and a copy of your transcript.

You should submit 1 PDF file. The file name should be surname_firstname_CDTACM2021.pdf (e.g. doe_john_CDTACM2021.pdf). We might not be able to process any applications that do not conform with is.

You can merge PDF files with some versions of Acrobat Reader or use free online tools.

In addition you will need to request 2 referees to send references to the same address as in the application form. The references should be dated within the last six months and address your capability for PhD study. At least one should be an academic referee. The references shall be sent by the application deadline. Please ensure that your referees are aware of this.


Please find more information on our Equality Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) policy and where you can find help and advice at your institution on our ED&I site.

The application deadline is 4 January 2021.

A list of available projects at Imperial College London and UCL can be found here; Trinity College Dublin projects are listed here.

Interview and beyond

We will email those candidates shortlisted in late January. Interviews will take place in the first half of February. The CDT-ACM is based at the 3 universities. Once we offer you a position and you have chosen your project, you will need to apply to the university of your lead supervisor. We will help you with this process.