Recruitment for academic year 2021-22 will commence in November 2020.

Fully funded 48-months PhD studentships available at the EPSRC and SFI CDT in Sustainable Chemistry

CDT Training Programme

Students will undertake a 4-year PhD programme, where the first year allows them to build strong background knowledge in their chosen Research Theme as well as to benefit from multi-disciplinary Core training activities including Introduction to Sustainability, Entrepreneurial Skills and Responsible Research and Innovation. The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, group activities and lab sessions.

Over the remaining three years, students will continue to be exposed to cross-disciplinary training and research, and can access a range of professional skills and career development opportunities. 

Benefits of studying with us:

  • An extensive training and development programme
  • Collaboration in smaller multidisciplinary Theme-specific groups
  • Being part of a Cohort of students and peer support
  • Opportunity of an external internship as an integral part of the programme
  • A consumables and conference attendance budget
  • A stipend of £15,285pa 

Application criteria

Candidates should hold one of the following:

- A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree from a 4-year undergraduate course, or equivalent in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Biosciences, Natural Sciences, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or a closely related subject.

- A 3-year undergraduate course in one of the above disciplines plus a Masters degree and/or at least one year’s experience in industry.

How to apply

The application process involves two steps:

1) Completion of the CDT application form

Please ensure that we receive your CDT application form, CV and two references through the following email address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please email the reference form to your referees (at least one of which should be from an academic in your current/most recent academic institution) ensuring that they complete and return them directly to the email address above.

2) University of Nottingham online application

Please ensure that you select ‘references to be submitted separately’ option in the reference information section when completing the online form.

Our recruitment for academic year 2021/22 will commence in November 2020. 

Completion of CDT Form

Reference form

Completion of University of Nottingham Online Application Form

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Our chemical romance: why society needs Chemistry.

Our chemical romance: why society needs Chemistry.

19 Oct 2020

CDT students present their Society, Sustainability & Synthesis Magazine