STUDENT APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN - Cohort 2 (Intake October 2020)

How to Apply imagePotential candidates are invited and encouraged to apply for  a 4-year MRes.Ph.D. CDT studentship projects, starting October 2020. There are at least 13 projects available and students can submit their application by submitting the following documents to Jinata Subba (CDT Programme Manager).

  • An up to date CV
  • A covering letter
  • Full contact details of two referees

There is no deadline for application submission, but we will be conducting interviews from Jan/Feb so early applications are highly encouraged.

Admissions requirements

Applicants must be EU nationals or have permanent leave to remain in the UK and should hold or expect to obtain a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related field. A Master’s degree in one of the above fields is an essential requirement.

Imperial College PhD entry requirements must be met and the successful applicant will subsequently need to apply online

Application and Selection Process

Please note that vailable studentships will be released - via Imperial College and around October/November of each year. 

  • Stage 1: Applicants to send a full CV, cover letter and two references to the Jinata Subba
  • Stage 2: Shorlisted applicants will be invited to interview, meet with potential supervisors and tour the facilities. 
    • This also when shortlisted applicants will be sent a list of projects to select their top three picks
  • Stage 3: The interview panel to review interview, supervisors' feedback and match students with a project, based on their skills, suitability and aptitude
  • Stage 4: Successful applicants to be notified and invited to make a formal application via Imperial to Advanced Molecular Synthesis [1+3] (MRes 1YFT) - Programme Code: F1SRT.1

Please note that the offer at Stage 4 is subject to students qualifying the eligibility check with Admissions. 

Funding information

Full funding is available for Home Students and European Union nationals who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start date a CDT studentship, i.e. for a 1st October 2020 start date you would need to have been resident in the UK since 30th September 2017.

Overseas students with full funding are welcome to apply.

1. EPSRC funding

To be eligible for a full award (stipend - currently £17,009 and tuition fees) a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, i.e. no restrictions on how long they can stay
  • Been ‘ordinary resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant i.e. for a Oct 2020 start date you would need to have been resident in the UK since Sept 2017
  • Not be residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

2. Industrial funding

We have a limited number of part-industry, part-EPSRC funded CDT projects available. These will provide an equivalent level of funding to the full EPSRC award.

EU and overseas students who are not eligible for the EPSRC award would only be entitled to the industry funding. 

3. International students

International candidates with their own funding can be considered for a place in the CDT programme, but must contact a supervisor to develop their own project.

  • For students who wish to self-fund, details of tuition fees and financial support can be found on the Student Finance page.
  • For those who are ineligible for funding but would still like to apply, alternative funding opportunities can be found on the Scholarships & Awards page.

For further information, please contact the CDT Programme Manager Jinata Subba.