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EPSRC CDT in Integrated Catalysis – iCAT

Fully funded studentships, to start in 2021

The University of Manchester is looking for the next generation of leaders in chemistry and engineering: could this be you? We are offering up to 15 fully funded studentships to join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Catalysis (iCAT CDT) in September 2021. We are looking for outstanding candidates who are ready to shape a new future for the UK chemical industry.

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Building on the UK’s global top-performing chemical industries, the iCAT CDT is a world-class research and training environment bringing together academic leaders and industrial scientists with a shared goal and vision for postgraduate student training. The programme will deliver the requisite skills to lead the industry across its various sectors, making iCAT a unique postgraduate training centre featuring expertise in chemical catalysis, biological catalysis and process engineering. The merging of biocatalytic and chemocatalytic regimes will change the way molecules are made, shaping a new future that is crucial to the welfare and operation of UK society and accelerate the UK’s outstanding levels of growth, exports, productivity and international investment.

EPSRC CDT in Integrated Catalysis – iCAT

Our mission is to:

  • Train highly skilled, interdisciplinary scientists and engineers who can work across the full chemicals continuum. We believe they will enhance innovation and competitiveness in UK academia, industry and manufacturing.
  • Foster a dynamic cohort of students with the critical mass to benefit from shared training activities and peer-assisted learning. The cohort approach enables greater challenges to be addressed, with engineering and scientific discoveries propagating throughout related PhD projects in the iCAT research portfolio.
  • Champion equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as responsible research and innovation. Students are required to undertake diverse outreach activities throughout the programme. iCAT graduates will also have the ability to design and implement sustainable processes, designed bearing due consideration to the environmental and wider societal impact they might have.

Alongside students’ PhD projects, iCAT students will have the opportunity to complete a placement with one of our industrial sponsors. Additionally, the programme includes transferable skills training in areas such as time management, public engagement, intellectual property, potential commercialisation of research findings, to name a few. Don’t miss the opportunity to join one of the most innovative CDTs in existence!

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Catalysis (iCAT CDT)

Applications for cohort 3 are now open!

Candidates should hold a 2:1 or 1st class honours degree (or equivalent) from a relevant STEM discipline, and meet the UKRI eligibility criteria. Applications will close at 23:59pm Monday 30 November 2020, and interviews will be held by mid-December. For further information, please visit; any informal enquiries should be sent to

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