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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry

4-year PhD Scholarships in Chemistry, Engineering, Biosciences and Business available

EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry

4-Year Fully Funded PhD Scholarships in Chemistry, Biosciences and Chemical Engineering

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates for a fully funded 4-year PhD studentship at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry for a start in October 2018.

We are looking to recruit students interested in a wide range of research areas within the fields of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biosciences, the examples of research areas include the following:


Synthetic methodology
Catalysis, including biocatalysts
Electrochemistry and photochemistry
Materials Chemistry
Biorenewable Feedstocks
Alternative solvents


Food processing
Food chemistry
Industrial biotechnology
Bio-molecular technology
Brewing and fermentation sciences


Materials chemistry
Bioprocesses, environmental and chemical technologies
Microwave process engineering
Food, water and waste
Life cycle analysis

About the Centre

The Centre is developed in collaboration with industry and as a partnership of several disciplines including Chemistry, Biosciences and Engineering. With student-centred approach as its main ethos, the Centre delivers a high quality multidisciplinary training programme delivering the skills in the areas of business and innovation, science communication, project management, team work and career development.

During the first year on the programme the students will, supported by the CDT staff and academics from Biosciences, Engineering and Chemistry, develop their research proposal in partnership with a relevant industry partner. In addition, a part of the training programme, the students are strongly encouraged to carry out an external placement in industry, another research institution or other organisation.


  • A comprehensive student-centred professional skills training programme
  • Integral involvement of industry and other relevant organisations in training and research
  • Access to our world-class experts and research facilities
  • Opportunity to design and develop own research project
  • Competitive stipend, consumables and conference budget
  • Fully funded external placement
  • Being a part of a multidisciplinary cohort of students


The PhD studentship will cover university tuition fees a tax free stipend of £14,296 per year (for the 2016-17 academic year).

Entry requirements

Ideally, candidates are expected to hold at least an upper second class honours degree from a 4-year undergraduate course in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biosciences, Natural Sciences, Biotechnology and Pharmacy or a 3-year undergraduate course plus a Masters degree and/or one year experience in industry.

University of Nottingham is a research active Russell Group and was awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize in recognition of this cutting-edge research. With over 40,000 students from more than 150 countries, two overseas campuses and strong links with universities around the world, The University of Nottingham has a diverse community creating an inspiring place to study and work.

For more information and to apply please visit: www.suschem-nottingham-cdt.ac.uk/apply

Application deadline: 26 January 2018

Due to funding constraints, we are able to offer full scholarship to Home and EU students only.

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