Overview of


We provide research-led learning and teaching, delivered by the world’s leaders in the field of particulate science.

“Our aim, working with industry partners, is to train graduates who understand the link between product design and the manufacturing process and have an aptitude for development.” – Professor Kevin Roberts

As a CDT cP³ PhD student, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will develop innovative problem-led research skills that are focused on the design, development and manufacture of high quality and high added-value particulate products. Our candidates study a 4 year integrated PhD and Masters programme that equips them with the training and skills they need to pursue a related career in academia or industry.

A montage of events from our 2015 Residential Induction at the National Railway Museum York

As part of this programme students develop experimental, analytical and modelling skills. More than this, they work as a member of a multi-disciplinary project team, analysing both the theoretical and practical implications of product innovation and addressing a much wider variety of formulation problems than is customary in a UK PhD. As a result, our students develop excellent communication, problem-solving, leadership and team-working skills, critical to career development.

The first year of our programme focuses on helping students develop doctoral research skills, with a series of  modules in practical chemistry and engineering subjects taught alongside management topics such as ‘Creativity and Teamwork’ and ‘Managing for Innovation’. From the second year onwards, students focus on their PhD research project, continuing to analyse problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

All teaching and research is informed by the Centre’s close working relationships with industry partners. These partners give our students the opportunity to evaluate a problem or innovation from a practical or commercial perspective. Considerations such as feasibility, cost, adaptability and scale are assessed, adding to the value of our research in a ‘real world’ context. With unparalleled facilities, industry insights and rigorous research training to support their work, our students regularly publish in the world’s leading journals and publications. We also provide professional and personal development support, striving to help every single candidate achieve their potential. As part of this aim, we make it possible for every student to complete a three month placement, either in industry or at an international research laboratory.

As a multi-disciplinary research centre we welcome chemistry, maths, physics, chemical engineering, design, food science, computing, mechanical engineering and business skills.

The learning experience across the four years of our programme is broken down as follows: The students spend their first year building a knowledge and methodological base in taught modules, as well as being introduced to their PhD topic. The second year is spent undergoing a combination of MSc and PhD study, and years three and four are dedicated to a PhD project. Below you can find out more about the individual modules offered by the CDT, and you can read more about example PhD projects in our Research Case Studies.


2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

PhD, MSc Complex Particulate Products and Processes


Specific Modules


CAPE5300M Chemical Products Design and Development 15 credits Semesters 1 & 2  –

CAPE5901M Reverse Engineering 30 credits Semester 1  –

CAPE5902M Functional Analysis 15 credits Semester 2  –

CAPE5903M Manufacturing 30 credits 1 Sep to 31 Aug  –

CAPE5905M Professional and Research Skills 60 credits Semesters 1 & 2   –


CAPE5904M New Product 15 credits Semester 1  –

LUBS5247M Managing for Innovation 15 credits Semester 1  –