The Application Process 


Step 1. Submit Application

In order for us to assess your suitability and eligibility, please attach a CV with full details of all exams and work experience to: We encourage you to let us know which area of research you are interested in.

Please feel free to contact the Centre Director, Professor Bruce Drinkwater at  if you have any questions – we are happy to discuss any aspect in more detail. 


Step 2. Discuss

Once we receive your application and if you meet the entry requirements (see below) we will contact you to arrange a preliminary discussion about the CDT and the available projects, universities and sponsoring companies. At the end of this discussion, suitable candidates will be linked to a particular university, project and industrial sponsor based on their research preferences. 


Step 3. Interview

Shortlisted applicants are then invited for academic and industrial interviews. At these interviews, your engineering and scientific knowledge, understanding, and ability to discuss and solve problems will be explored in depth.



Applicants should have or expect to obtain a 1st class, good 2.1 degree or Masters in engineering or physical science. In our experience the best candidates can use their knowledge to solve technical problems, are interested in useful research, are well-organised and are good communicators.

A number of studentships each year are fully funded (fees and stipends) by EPSRC.  This EPSRC funding is open only to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the course. More specifically the student must:

Some studentships will be funded via other routes which will have different residency requirements and may be available to non UK or EU applicants as well.

Non-UK students meeting the academic requirements are also welcome to apply if they are able to self fund the 4 year programme.


Our CDT is committed to promoting a diverse, equal and inclusive culture. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, colour, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, class, religion, disability, age or any other legally protected characteristics.