We welcome applications from candidates for the Autumn 2021 entry for industry-sponsored and UCL projects. 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).  The funding covers the stipend and fees at Home-student rate as well as a research budget. EU students with settled or pre-settled status are eligible for the Home-student rate. For more information on settled status go to the gov.uk website.

You can still apply if you do not fall in these categories but you will need to provide funding to meet the difference between home and international fees. For up to date information on postgraduate research fees go to the university websites: UCL or Imperial College London

A list of available industry sponsored projects can be found here.

A list of all available UCL projects can be found here.

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. If you are applying for an industry co-funded project please make sure you indicate the project you are applying for in your cover letter. If you are applying for a UCL project you will not choose a project yet.

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  14 April 2021.

Interview and beyond

Interviews will take place in the second half of April. 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.