How to Apply

Join a cohort of 19 students to undertake a world-leading combination of training activities and doctoral research across four world-leading partner universities (the University of Sheffield, University of Manchester, University College Dublin and Dublin City University). The training activities take place in both the UK and Ireland while you complete your PhD project. Your PhD project will focus on metallic materials and will be carried out in collaboration with an industry partner.

Students come from a range of backgrounds in engineering and physical sciences and spend the first year studying core materials, programming and data analytics topics through taught courses and case studies before embarking on their PhD or EngD projects. Our remaining scholarships for the 2021 cohort are available to UK residency candidates only.

Qualifications - Applicants should hold, or be about to obtain a first or upper-second class honours undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering discipline or in any STEM subject (science, technology, engineering, maths).

UK projects (the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester) - We have 14 full (Home fees and stipend) scholarships available for 2021 entry. We have now allocated our two scholarships for non-UK residents, therefore to be considered you must have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK and have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the programme, excluding for full-time education. Our scholarships provide a stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,609 in 2021-22) plus a top-up and tuition fees, for 4-years. The stipend top-up for a PhD project is £3,250 per year, whereas the stipend top-up for an EngD project is slightly higher at £4,000 per year. Please apply to an advertised project.

Irish projects (University College Dublin and Dublin City University) - The Irish partnership in the CDT is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) which covers full fees and stipend costs for four years.  The programme will support 25 PhD students over the next five years (five students per year).  SFI also funds materials and project-related costs.  Please note however that the funding covers EU fees only.  

How to Apply

To apply to a project at the University of Sheffield and University of Manchester - We recruit to advertised projects only, not to the cohort. We do not need you to provide a research proposal. Review the projects listed, note which University hosts the project, and formally apply via the University of Sheffield or the University of Manchester online PGR application system. Guidance to help you complete the forms is available below for Sheffield and Manchester. We will let you know if you will be invited to an interview.

To apply to the cohort at Dublin City Univerity of University College Dublin - We recruit to pre-determined projects. We do not need you to provide a research proposal. Send your CV to will let you know if you will be invited to a preliminary interview.