Applications should be submitted through either the University of Sheffield or the University of Manchester online application systems. Guidance to help you complete the forms is available for Sheffield and Manchester.
Students come from a range of backgrounds in engineering and physical sciences and spend the first year studying core materials topics through taught courses and case studies before embarking on their PhD or EngD projects.
Applicants should have or be about to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree or a masters level degree with a merit or above in a relevant engineering discipline or in a subject such as physics or chemistry.
Home students are eligible for full studentships covering tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for 4 years. EU nationals are also eligible for full studentships for the majority of our projects.
Applications from international students are welcome but students should arrange their own funding to cover tuition fees and living costs for 4 years. In exceptional cases, the CDT may be able to support living costs for international students who already have a fees only scholarship.
Applicants from China who meet the eligibility requirements can apply to the University of Sheffield for funding through the China Scholarship Council. Details are not yet available for 2018/19 scholarships but information on last year’s application process is available here:
We will be at the University of Manchester CDT open afternoon from 2-4pm on Wednesday 2nd May in C24, Sackville Street Building. You can register your interest in the event here.
We will also be at the Manchester Grad Fair on Wednesday 9th May from 10:30-3:30. The fair will be held in the Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, Manchester. You can find out more details and register to come along here.
How to Apply
Guidance to help you complete the forms is available below for Sheffield and Manchester.
Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview with the CDT management team and the academic and industrial supervisors where appropriate.
You can apply for a specific project or submit a general application where we will then notify applicants as projects become available. Offers are made on a rolling basis so we recommend submitting an early application to make sure you don't miss out.
Equality and Diversity
The School of Materials at the University of Manchester and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield have been recognised for their commitment to gender equality and each hold silver Athena Swan awards from the Equality Challenge Unit.