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EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy

EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy - GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear)

The GREEN CDT is a consortium of the five universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, which aims to train the next generation of expert nuclear scientists and engineers.

Undertake a fully-funded, four-year Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) PhD in GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear) and take your place among the next generation of nuclear experts.

Why undertake an CDT in Nuclear Energy - GREEN?

  • GREEN has significant industrial engagement and support from companies across the nuclear sector, ensuring that the CDT is at the forefront of doctoral study and encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Two-thirds of graduates from this consortium's previous nuclear CDTs have gone on to work in the nuclear sector, and 90% have taken up technical roles.
  • The opportunity to work on real-life challenges at an industry scale, carrying out some or all of your research project in an industrial setting.
  • Graduate as a highly employable nuclear scientist or engineer.
EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy

About the programme

Not since the 1950s has there been a more exciting time to work within the field of nuclear science and engineering. The Nuclear Sector Deal was published in 2018 and the industry is witnessing heavy investment.

While the decommissioning of legacy nuclear sites around the country continues to drive forward, ongoing investment is being made in both new nuclear build and small modular reactors. Nuclear will be an essential component in the country’s efforts to meet climate change targets; but to remain at the forefront of the industry the UK needs new Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

GREEN will provide both academic- and industry-based research partnerships. A taught programme of learning, secondment opportunities, industrial co-supervision and a fully industry-based PhD project will shape you into the SME the nuclear industry needs.

This growing sector has an acute need for skilled nuclear scientists and engineers. Working alongside our 12 industry partners and in partnership with four more of the country’s leading nuclear universities, you will gain a deep theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear fission and fusion for energy.

2023 Projects

GREENCDT Development of a new solid tritium breeder blanketDetails
GREENCDT Development of an in-situ monitoring tool for Actinides ionsDetails
GREENCDT Exploration of Neutron Counting Techniques Applied to Nuclear Reactivity MeasurementsDetails
GREENCDT Field Assisted Sintering of Nuclear Fuel SimulantsDetails
GREENCDT Likelihood and impact of severe space weather events on the resilience of nuclear power and safeguards monitoringDetails
GREENCDT The Management of Used Nuclear Fuel: Irradiation of Fuel in Pond Storage EnvironmentsDetails
GREENCDT The potential to infer reactor-borne contributions to anthropogenic plutonium-239 in the environment from the 244Pu/239Pu ratioDetails
GREENCDT Atomistic modelling retention and transport of tritium in lithium for fusion breeder applicationsDetails
GREENCDT Development of High Density/High Conductivity Fuels ConceptsDetails
GREENCDT Hydro-geochemical evolution of bentonite buffer during infiltration of saline groundwater in a generic LSSR repositoryDetails
GREENCDT Improving the Technology Relevance Level of Hydrogels for Radiochemical Decontamination of Multiple Material TypesDetails
GREENCDT The design and simulation of micro-reactors for space propulsion, lunar surface power and planetary defenceDetails
GREENCDT Developing a digital twin for validation of packing optimisers used for nuclear decommissioningDetails
GREENCDT Functional thin film coatings design and optimisation based on the wear and corrosion mechanisms for the next generation nuclear reactorsDetails
GREENCDT Prediction of Non-Spherical Particle Interaction and Agglomeration in Pipe Flows for Nuclear Waste Management ApplicationsDetails
GREENCDT Soil-Capacitive Deionization (S-CDI): Mitigating Radionuclide Spread in Groundwater FlowsDetails
GREENCDT Synthesis and characterisation of mixed actinide oxalates for the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuelsDetails
GREENCDT Waste Hydrogen Explosion Management in Decommissioning Nuclear FacilitiesDetails
GREENCDT Analysis and validation of non-Newtonian sludge flows using novel computational fluid dynamics and decomposition techniquesDetails
GREENCDT Evolution of properties of clay and mudstone rocks governing fluid flow in an Excavation Disturbed Zone around a geological disposal site for nuclear waste storageDetails
GREENCDT Rock erosion during cold climates of the next 1 million years: risk assessment for siting a UK Geological Disposal Facility.Details
GREENCDT Structural damage assessment using infrared detectors in fusion environmentsDetails
GREENCDT Surface modification of alloys to reduce Hydrogen permeability in fusion alloysDetails
GREENCDT Time-Temperature Transformation Phase Diagrams for Developing Advanced Glass Ceramic Nuclear Waste formsDetails
EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy


GREEN delivers comprehensive doctoral training across the whole fission fuel cycle, in addition to allied areas of fusion.

The programme has a focus on:

  • technical skills development (co-created by key sector employers)
  • wider nuclear sector challenges
  • Clean Growth Agenda
  • government policy and strategy
  • wider public knowledge
  • critical thinking
  • governance
  • regulation.
EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy

How to apply

Applicants should be from the UK/EU. You should have obtained or be about to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or an overseas equivalent. The degree should be in a relevant area of science or engineering.

If you would like to apply for an CDT PhD in GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear), please send your CV across to

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