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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Green Industrial Futures

Green Industrial Futures

An EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training

Our four year doctoral programme challenges our students to work on cutting-edge, innovative research projects that will address key challenges faced by industrial stakeholders. The centre’s expertise covers a range of technologies and systemic approaches that will be adopted to lower industrial emissions whilst ensuring a just and economically-viable transition, including carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS); hydrogen & sustainable fuels; CO2 removal technology; and energy & resource efficiency. Research projects will be based on these technical areas as well as how to deploy these technologies, e.g. socio-behavioural changes, environmental aspects, policy & regulation and net zero economics. Students will receive advanced-level training on the whole industrial system to contextualise their research in the net zero landscape, as well as business training.

The CDT-GIF programme also offers exciting international opportunities to explore decarbonisation at a global level and work closely with industry partners to become highly employable in both industry and academic positions, offering flexibility to explore career options.

CDT GIF students will graduate with:

  • An expert, multi-faceted knowledge of their chosen PhD research area.
  • The ability to integrate and apply research within the industrial system, understanding the key barriers and opportunities for reaching net zero.
  • Business and professional skills, including secondment to an industry partner.
  • Unrivalled opportunities to visit and work in the world’s leading facilities.
  • A network of industry and third sector organisations.
  • Four years of working within a thriving PhD community.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Green Industrial Futures

Research projects

We are offering pioneering research projects that will enable you to explore key technologies that will support UK industry to reach net zero.

See our research themes & projects here

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Green Industrial Futures

Funding Details

The fully-funded, four year PhD programme supports students with an annual stipend of £19,237*. In addition, all CDT training opportunities are covered by the centre and students will have access to £3000 per annum for their own research costs.

UK students
Full funding (fees and stipend) is available for UK students

International Students
We only have a limited number of spaces for international students. For international applicants, any offers made to international students will be conditional on fees being waived at the host university for the project.

*excluding London weightings

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How to apply

Applications are now being accepted for entry in September 2024.

Deadline for Round 1 applications is the 27th of May 2024. We strongly encourage early application. For international applicants, please check with the project supervisor about host university international deadlines.

Entry requirements

As a minimum we require candidates to have a First-class or 2:1 MEng or and MSc with merit (over 60%) in a relevant area i.e. Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Geoscience. Candidates for socio-politico-economic research topics will also be considered with a relevant MA. Applicants who have a First-class BSc/BEng (Hons) and can demonstrate significant relevant industry/research experience may also be considered.

Candidates should be aware of and meet the entry requirements for the university hosting the PhD studentship.

Non-native English speakers must ensure they meet the English language requirements.

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