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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product will train tomorrow’s research leaders with the skills and know-how in designing, characterising and developing the next generation of chemical and material-based products. We are looking to recruit students from a variety of science and engineering disciplines such as Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Food Science, Physics, Material Science and Chemistry.

The vision is to underpin a ‘design and supply’ paradigm shift away from the current, linear process of inventing, developing then manufacturing. This approach will assist industry to mitigate against wasted development time and costs and to enable focus on products and processes where the risk of failure is reduced. The research projects range from original research delivered entirely within an academic environment through to fundamental research in partnership with industry and stakeholders.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product

Our vision is to work collaboratively, developing solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the UK’s speciality chemicals, home and personal care (HPC), fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), food and beverage, and pharma/biopharma and support their transition to design and supply manufacturing. Within the CDT we focus on three Research Challenges: 1. An Understanding of the Fundamentals of Product Performance; 2. Consistent Delivery of Product Properties through Process Design; and 3. Accelerating the Development Lifecycle.

For further information on what it is like to be a Postgraduate Researcher in the CDT please see the newsletter which is available on our website.

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a 4 year funded PhD in Molecules to Product. 10 funded places are available for 2021 entry (check website for details). You are advised to apply as soon as possible.


  • Interdisciplinary training programme supervised by world class researchers
  • Key professional skills training with a focus on decision making, innovation and enterprise
  • Industrial research placement opportunities
  • The University has world-leading strengths in analytical science and associated facilities within the Bragg Centre
  • Joint research projects and training opportunities at universities and organisations from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 for MEng, MChem, MPhys (i.e. an enhanced 4 year degree), or 2:1 with a Merit MSc equivalent from areas including but not limited to: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Food Science, Physics, Material Science and Chemistry. We will also consider applicants with Bachelor degree with 1st class Hons with a minimum of 2 years experience in industry.

UKRI and the CDT in Molecules to Product is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. Applications from women, those with a disability, and members of minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation community, are therefore especially encouraged.


A full standard studentship, consisting of academic fees and a maintenance grant. See website for details.


The Deadline for applications for session 2022/23 (Start Date: 1st October 2022) is Monday 29th November 2021.

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