Requirements, Fees & Funding

Update October 2018 – Please note that the CP3 CDT is no longer recruiting

Applications can be completed on the University’s online research student application form, selecting the Complex Particulate Products and Processes programme. You do not need to produce a research proposal or nominate a supervisory team, as this will be completed once you commence the programme.

Entry requirements

As an interdisciplinary CDT we welcome students from a range of backgrounds in the physical sciences, and engineering, and students whose professional experience may add to the relevance of their degree. These include

Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Food Science, Textile & Colour Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering (with a focus on fluid dynamics/tribology backgrounds), Pharmaceutical Science/Engineering, Petroleum Science/Engineering, and Biochemistry

As our Programme admits students into an MSc year first we accept students who have just completed undergraduate study, as well as those who have completed postgraduate study.

Students will be judged against our entry criteria based on their most recent qualification:

  • Those holding only an undergraduate degree should have achieved a 2:1 or higher
  • Those holding a masters level degree should have achieved a Merit or higher


We have 50 fully funded places to offer between 2014-2019.  Eligibility for funding will be determined on review of an application form. A full award includes;

  • Full fees grant paid directly to the University for four years
  • Maintenance grant paid monthly to students to cover living expenses; this is tax free, and set by the EPSRC, for the 2018/19 academic year the rate is set at £14,777 per year.
  • Research Training grant to cover PhD consumables, training, and conference attendance (we anticipate all students will attend and present at at least one international conference).

Students who are from the UK or UK Home Rated for their fee status are normally eligible for the full funding award above.

We are able to offer one fully funded place to EU students per year, after this award we are able to award fees and research training grant funding only to successful EU applicants.

We welcome international fee rated students who are able to self-fund their studies, but unfortunately we are not currently in a position to award funding to international fee rated applicants. Should our fund raising make this possible we will advertise accordingly.