PhD study is offered across the College.
To search for opportunities based on your own research idea you first need to identify a research group whose objectives best match your idea.
If you find a suitable group, you normally need to identify a potential supervisor before submitting an application. This is an important step, as you will need to find out whether they have an appropriate supervisor. You also need to discuss your research ideas before you apply.
Use the links under 'Find PhD opportunities' below to identify the different opportunities within research groups in our academic departments and multidisciplinary Centres and Institutes.
Also read more about the main stages of completing a PhD so you know what to expect.
If you don't have a particular research idea that you're looking to pursue, we recommend searching our current fellowships and studentships. These are PhD projects in specified areas for which funding has already been granted to Imperial. Browse the latest vacancies.
You may also be eligible for one of our integrated PhDs, which are covered by funded studentships.
Split PhD scheme
Our Split PhD scheme allows you to carry out some of your research abroad, either in the field or at an overseas institution. Find out more.
Partner Research Institution (PRI) Scheme
If you work in a public research institution, industrial research laboratory or at another university then you may be able to register for a PhD at Imperial but carry out the research where you work. Find out more about the PRI scheme and how to apply.
Find PhD opportunities
Use the links below to search the different PhD opportunities within our academic departments, centres and institutes. Our interdisciplinary approach means our expertise often spans departmental boundaries – and so do our courses – so you may find opportunities in an unexpected area of the College.
Faculty of Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- School of Design Engineering
- Earth Science and Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Medicine
- Institute of Clinical Sciences
- Department of Medicine
- National Heart and Lung Institute
- School of Public Health
- Department of Surgery and Cancer
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Imperial College Business School
Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication
- PhD in Arabic, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish Studies
- PhD in science communication studies
Global Challenge institutes
We have six Global Challenge institutes, which were created to address some of society's biggest challenges.
If you have an idea for a PhD that falls within the remit of one of our Global Challenge institutes please contact them directly to discuss before making a formal application to the College.
- Data Science Institute
- Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment
- Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering
- Institute for Security Science and Technology
- Institute of Global Health Innovation