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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC DTP) PhD Studentships

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded PhD Studentships

We are the UK’s fastest-growing research university1 and consistently rank amongst the best in the UK2. We are looking for the brightest and best postgraduate researchers to continue with us on our journey.

We are excited to announce we have numerous fully-funded EPSRC PhD studentships available for 2020 entry. Successful applicants will benefit from sector-leading training and development with outstanding facilities and resources. The studentships are available to exceptional candidates and offer the opportunity to create a research proposal unique to you, aligned with our research specialisms.

Research Themes


  • Biomedical Engineering: including biomechanics and matrix biophysics
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Nano Engineering Science and Technology: including metamaterials
  • Renewable energy technologies: including solar conversion, marine energy, off-shore renewables
  • Urban Water and Wastewater Management: hydroinformatics and urban water management
  • Mining for the Future: including mining, geology, remote sensing and environment science


  • Biomedical physics: magnetic resonance imaging and optical imaging
  • Electromagnetic and acoustic materials: quantum systems and nanomaterials
  • Theoretical physics
  • Astrophysics: star formation, exoplanets, stellar physics and the interstellar medium


  • Dynamical systems, control and analysis
  • Fluid dynamics, astrophysical fluids and magnetic fields
  • Mathematical biology and medicine
  • Number theory, geometry and algebra
  • Statistical science and epidemiology
  • Mathematics of the environment and sustainability

Computer science

  • Social and environmental data science
  • Human dynamics and urban systems
  • Computer vision
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Evolutionary computing and optimisation
  • Network and complexity science
  • Security and trust of advanced systems
  • High performance computing and networking
  • Machine learning

Social and Behavioural Life and Environmental Science

  • Computational social science; behaviour detection; trust, identity, privacy and security
  • Energy use and energy efficiency: socio economic and policy aspects
  • Healthcare technologies: developing future therapies; frontiers physical intervention, assistive technology and rehabilitation
  • Circular economy
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC DTP) PhD Studentships


Funded by the EPSRC, these studentships are available to applicants who ordinarily reside in the UK and are classed as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes. If you have not resided in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship, you are not eligible for a maintenance allowance so you would need an alternative source of funding for living costs. To be eligible for fees-only funding you must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU. Information on EPSRC residency criteria.

International students interested in studying at the University of Exeter should search our funding database for alternative options.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 30th January 2020. You will need to submit your research proposal and supporting documents by this date in order to be eligible. Application is online via the theme pages on our website.

1 Based on research income between 07/08 to 16/17 (187% growth over period, £24.5m to £70.2m). Excludes R&D tax credits income

2 Featured in the top 15 of all the major UK league tables since 2011

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