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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Particulate Products and Processes (CP3)

Fully funded PhD opportunities in Particle Science at the University of Leeds

Minimum of 10 funded places for 2017 entry

Chemistry, physics, life and materials science are coming together with chemical engineering in the rapidly emerging field of Chemical Product Design; a fast growing research discipline which uses nano-scale understanding to design and manufacture the products of the future. In our newly funded centre we focus on the science and engineering behind complex particulate products, which span a huge range of applications from shampoos and paints to agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.

We are seeking applications from leading science and engineering graduates to develop the UK’s future researchers in this area. You will be trained in a multi-disciplinary environment to become experts in multi-scale modelling, advanced nano/mesoscale measurement, application and process design. Your research will address current challenges in the field, it will develop the fundamental understanding, characterisation methods, modelling techniques needed to improve these fascinating complex products that contain (nano) particles, droplets or bubbles. During your PhD you will have the opportunity to: establish a research profile and network through continued interaction with industry sponsors; attend high-impact national and international meetings; and complete a period of research in industry and/or with one of our associated international academic institutions.

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Particulate Products and Processes (cP3) is supported by the EPSRC and a large number of industrial companies spanning several industrial sectors. It is based in the University of Leeds' Faculty of Engineering and brings together academics from Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Design, Food Science, Computing, Mechanical Engineering and Business. It has access to the world leading analytical, experimental and computational facilities at the University of Leeds, a Russell Group University.

To view a current list of projects and CDT project themes please visit our website. Additional projects will be developed through collaboration between students, academia, and the current and new industrial partners.

Minimum of 10 funded places for 2017 entry

The CP3 CDT has a series of application deadlines through the academic year. The next application deadline for Sept 2017 entry is 09:00 on Monday 2nd May. Interviews are likely to take place the week beginning Monday 15th May. Please note that full applications received before this deadline may be considered for an early interview.

University Research Postgraduate Application Forms can be found here.

Entry requirements

A degree equivalent to a UK upper second class honours (2:1), or higher, or a Masters degree (Distinction) in a relevant engineering or science discipline.


A standard studentship consists of academic fees paid at standard Research Council rates and a Research Training Support Grant.

UK students will be eligible for a full award which includes standard studentship plus maintenance at EPSRC rates.

European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying academic fees and RTSG only, except in cases where residency in the UK has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the programme of study.

The CDT also welcomes enquires from applicants who maybe in a position to self-fund, or those seeking professional development with their current employer in a relevant industrial background.

Further information

Visit our website: https://particulates.leeds.ac.uk/

For informal enquiries please contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling +44 (0)113 343 4154

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