Materials PhD: FAQs
How do I apply for my PhD?
If you would like to apply to us for your PhD, please visit 'How to Apply'.
Once on the page, please follow the step by step guidance to complete your application.
What documents do I need to submit for my application?
To apply, you will need to fill in your personal details in the application form and then upload the following documents:
- Personal statement
- English certificate
- Contact details of 2 referees
What are the English requirements?
The College's English language requirements can be found on our English Language Requirement webpage.
All Materials courses require Standard-level English.
Can I upload the reference letters myself?
Unfortunately, you will not be able to upload your reference letters.
Your referees will need to upload your reference using their work email. Alternatively, they can send your reference directly to Engineering Admissions.
What should I include in my personal statement?
What to include in your statement will depend on the scholarship that you are applying for.
We recommend that you send a research proposal (no longer than two pages) and a short presentation letter.
Where can I find which academics are available?
To find available academics for your application, please visit our 'our staff' webpage.
Can I apply to more than one academic?
Unfortunately, the application process allows you to only apply with one academic per Department.
Please add the name of your chosen academic and the project you are interested in to your application.
How long will it be before I recieve a decision?
Therefore the total application process is expected to be between six to nine weeks.
Do I have to meet all the conditions before I apply?
We accept applications if you are still finishing your degree, and if your application is accepted, you will be given a conditional offer until you meet the requirements.
This process is the same for English requirements.
How many live applications can I have?
You are only allowed to have two live applications for one given academic year.
If you have already applied for a department and you would like to add a second choice, you can add this to your application.
What scholarships are available?
Depending on your citizenship, you can apply for different scholarships.
Please, find below some of the available scholarships:
- CSC-Imperial Scholarship
- Lee Family Scholarship
- Hans Rausing Scholarship
- The Class of 1964 Scholarship
- The Anne Seagrim Accommodation Scholarship
- Stephen and Anna Hui Fellowship - currently awaiting confirmation of their funding structure
- BEIT Fellowship for Scientific - currently awaiting confirmation of their funding structure
- Imperial Commonwealth Scholarships
- The Imperial Marshall Scholarships.
In particular, the Departmet of Materials offers some funded opportunites:
I am an overseas student, can I apply for a CDT project?
If you are an overseas student, you will have to contact the CDT administrator before applying.
CDT's, unfortunately, cannot fund overseas students and most of the CDTs do not accept self-funded students.
My fee status is incorrect, how can I change it?
If you think your fee status assessment is incorrect, please visit our Fee Status webpage for more information.
I am an overseas student. What CAH code shall I use for my ATAS application?
The CAH code to use for PhD programmes in the Materials Department: CAH10-03-02
For queries about visas, ATAS clearance and other international student matters, you can contact the International Student Support team.
Any further questions?
If you have any further questions, please contact Annalisa Neri, Postgraduate Research Coordinator in the Department of Materials.