Admissions for October 2018 entry are open!

Deadlines for applications

Note that we strongly advise early applications!  Projects are filled on a rolling basis, as we identify applicants who are a good fit to each project. We expect to allocate all projects before June. 

Applicants for Fully-Funded Studentships ("Home" fees status applicants)

  • 1st deadline 3 December 2017
  • 2nd deadline: 28 January 2018
  • 3rd deadline: 4 March 2018
  • 4th deadline: 22 April 2018

Interview Days (for Fully-Funded CDT Studentships)

  • 1st interview day: Tuesday 16 January 2018
  • 2nd interview day: Wednesday 14 February 2018
  • 3rd interview day: Wednesday 14 March 2018
  • 4th interview day: Wednesday 11 April 2018

Interview days will take place at Imperial College's South Kensington Campus

MRes and Self-Funding Applicants

  • 1st deadline: 2 January 2018 
  • 2nd deadline: 11 February 2018
  • 3rd deadline: 2 April 2018

How to apply

Applications should be submitted online, in time for the deadlines above. Please follow the instructions on how to apply for a postgraduate courseFor more information on how to apply, contact Lisa Cheung.  Admissions open at the beginning of November, early applications are strongly advised.

Prospective students are encouraged to identify project(s) that they are interested in from the current list of available projects, and to contact the primary supervisor directly for more information about the project before submitting an application.

For your application, you will need to submit two written references (e.g. from your personal tutor and project supervisor, and/or industry supervisor) and a personal supporting statement. In your personal supporting statement, clearly indicate which research topics and projects you are interested in.  

To apply for the MRes in Plastic Electronic Materials only (1 year), you will need to specify this by applying for a "Postgraduate Masters" in the Physics Department.  The course code is F3U8

To apply for the Plastic Electronics CDT programme (MRes+PhD; 4 years), you need to make an application for "Postgraduate Masters - to be Followed by Research" in the Physics Department. Please use the course code F3U8B.

Tips for a Good Application

Supporting Statement

  • No more than 1 page long (11-12 point text size, sans serif font e.g. Arial)
  • At the beginning, make it clear why you are interested in the Plastic Electronics course, and what your relevant experience is
  • Clearly state what research areas and projects you are most interested in
  • Clearly provide a summary of relevant previous research project(s) that you have undertaken

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

  • Note that the word "resumé" is not used in the UK
  • no more than 2 pages long
  • do not include: date of birth/age, marital status, gender, height, weight, nationality... 
  • do include: academic qualifications and degree classification/grade (final/predicted); information about previous research project(s) and supervisors; information about any time spent in industry; experience with relevant analytical/synthetic techniques, programming, etc.

What happens next

It takes up to one month for your application to go through central College Admissions and reach the PE-CDT. Once we receive your application, we will get in touch. We strongly recommend that you also directly contact the supervisors of the projects that you are most interested in. Please note that we recieve significantly more applications than there are places on the course (particularly for the MRes) - we do not interview everyone who submits an application. All places on the course are allocated to a particular project - if you are not offered a project, your application has not been successful.


Interviews are expected to run between December and April; if you are selected for interview you will be contacted by email. Each MRes and CDT studentship is aligned with a particular project. If you have not been selected for a particular project your application has been unsuccessful. Around 10 projects are available each year for fully-funded CDT studentships; other projects are available for MRes or self-funding CDT students. Find out more about funding.

Both the MRes and the CDT courses start at the beginning of October each year; it is not possible to start at any other time.

If you still have questions about the application process, please contact Ms Lisa Cheung (PE-CDT Administrator).