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EPSRC CDT in Integrated Catalysis – iCAT

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

Applications will close on 30th November 2022

The University of Manchester is looking for the next generation of leaders in chemistry and engineering. Starting in September 2023, cohort 5 will be the last one of the iCAT CDT!

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. 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. For a taster of the research conducted by iCAT academics, please watch these videos.

In order to encourage the diversity of our PGR population, the Faculty of Science and Engineering will fund two additional iCAT CDT studentships, ring-fenced for black UK (home) applicants joining the CDT on September 2023. Once these two places have been allocated, applications from this group will remain eligible for all other available studentships. We strongly encourage applications from this under-represented sector to join cohort 5!

Our mission is to:

EPSRC CDT in Integrated Catalysis – iCAT
  • 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 the academic supervision for their PhD projects, iCAT students will be allocated an industrial mentor. Additionally, the programme includes transferable skills training in areas such as time management, public engagement, intellectual property and potential commercialisation of research findings, to name a few. Don’t miss the opportunity to join one of the most innovative CDTs in existence!

Candidates should hold at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) from a relevant STEM discipline. Applications from candidates with an engineering background, and from under-represented sectors in STEM subjects, are encouraged. For further information, please visit our website; any informal enquiries can be sent to

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