Potential candidates are encouraged to submit their CV and a covering letter, including full contact details of two referees to Jinata Subba (CDT Programme Manager).

Imperial College PhD entry requirements must be met and the successful applicant will subsequently need to apply online. For further information please contact Jinata Subba.

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 would be advantageous.

Application process

  • Stage 1: Available studentships will be released - via Imperial College and FindAPhD.com around October/November
  • Stage 2: Applicants to send a full CV, cover letter and two references to the Jinata Subba. Please clearly indicate your top three projects you wish to undertake, from the list of projects
  • Stage 3: Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted applicants will be invited for a formal interview, tour of the facilities and informal meetings with potential supervisors
  • Stage 4: Interviewed candidates will then send in their top three project, post interview/meetings
  • Stage 5: Directors to review interview, supervisors' feedback and match candidates with one of their top choice projects, based on their skill, suitability and aptitude
  • Stage 6: Succesful applicants will then be invited to make a formal application via Imperial to Advanced Molecular Synthesis [1+3] (MRes 1YFT) - Programme Code: F1SRT.1

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 2019 start date you would need to have been resident in the UK since 30th September 2016.

Overseas students with full funding are welcome to apply.

EPSRC funding

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, i.e. no restrictions on how long they can stay; AND
  • Been ‘ordinary resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant; AND
  • 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).

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 (usually equivalent to half of the full EPSRC award).

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 would still like to apply, alternative funding opportunities can be found on the Scholarships & Awards page.