EPSRC Funded Studentships

We are currently advertising fully funded Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) studentships in the following areas:

  • Materials Science
  • Manufacturing the future
  • Physical Sciences
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Digital Economy

This call is open to UK Applicants only

Applicants should be of outstanding quality and exceptionally motivated.

The studentships are funded for 3 years subject to satisfactory annual performance and progression review, and will provide for tuition fees and a tax-free stipend paid monthly.

Please note that there are more projects than funded studentships available and therefore this is a competitive application process which will include an interview.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in person or via Skype.  After interview the most outstanding applicants will be offered a studentship.

The Expression of Interest form and further details are available below

Queries about the application process are welcome and should be directed by email to pgrscholarships@hud.ac.uk.

Informal enquiries about individual projects should be directed to the lead supervisor listed for each project.

Type of Award: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

UK applicants only

First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, please refer to the entry requirements on the specific projects being advertised
Location: Huddersfield

3 years full time research covering tuition fees and a tax free bursary (stipend) starting at £15,609 for 2021/22 and increasing in line with the EPSRC guidelines for the subsequent years.

Funded via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Programme

Duration: 3 years, Full-time plus 12 months writing up
(please note that no funding is available for the writing up period)
Closing date: 30 June 2021
Start date: 1 October 2021

Application details

  • Complete the EPSRC Expression of Interest
  • Provide copies of transcripts and certificates of all relevant academic and/or any professional qualifications.
  • Provide references from two individuals

Completed forms, including all relevant documents should be submitted via-email to pgrscholarships@hud.ac.uk

Please note: if you do not attach all the relevant documentation prior to the closing date of 30 June 2021 your application will not be considered.

Interviews are expected to take place from the week commencing 5 July 2021.

Projects available to apply for under this scheme

INdoor posiTioning systEm foR factorIes Of futuRe

Accurate Indoor Positioning Solution (IPS) for the Factories of the Future (FoF).

Impacts of Sulphate Reducing Microbiology

Impacts of Sulphate Reducing Microbiology on Cementitious Materials used for Radioactive Waste disposal.

fibrous architecture for disease management

Investigation into fibrous architecture for disease management

Novel Photosensitiser Materials

Development Novel Photosensitiser Materials Based on Earth-Abundant Elements

Radiation resistance of materials

Radiation resistance of materials for extraterrestrial applications

Implant design for post-cancer surgery

Evaluation of data pipeline integrity in AM produced patient specific implant design for post-cancer maxillofacial surgery.

Additive Manufacturing of Ti Alloys Using NeuBeam

The PhD will undertake studies on the AM processing of of Ti alloys by a newly patented NeuBeam AM Technology.

Radiation damage

Radiation damage in silicon carbide (SiC) composite fuel cladding materials

Nuclear Ceramics

Radiation and Corrosion Resistance of Nuclear Ceramics

Crystallization of magnetic inclusions in calcium

In situ, in vitro and in silico investigation of the incorporation of magnetite into calcite

Gel formation and swelling of matrices

Predicting and visualising the initial gel formation and swelling of matrices using advanced imaging

Application of micro-deflectometry

Investigate, design, simulation and explore the application of multi-functional metasurfaces in the application of micro-deflectometry.

Wear in additively manufactured dental implants

Characterization of wear in additively manufactured dental implants through fusion of multiscale metrological techniques

Radiation response of nuclear fuel cladding

Radiation response of advanced nuclear fuel cladding materials coated with MAX phases

Oxide-dispersion strengthened alloys

Oxide-dispersion strengthened alloys for accident tolerant fuel cladding applications

Antennas for 6G communications

Modelling and optimisation of antennas for 6G communications

Digital Twinning by Dynamical System Discovery.

Determining a dynamical system modelling a gearing system by sparse regression of experimental data.


Nanoparticles enhancing heat transfer:

Nanoparticles enhancing heat transfer: a CFD investigation

XCT Modular Reference Artifact

Development of a Modular Reference Artifact to Characterise XCT Systems

Actinide Oxide Nuclear Fuels

Modelling the Defect Chemistry of Actinide Oxide Nuclear Fuels

Organic Synthesis

Organic Synthesis by Visible-Light Induced Photocatalysis

Archaeal interactions with carbonate tufas

Can Archaea play a role in greenhouse gas emissions from carbonate tufas?

Structuring soft materials

Structuring soft materials for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications

Marine Renewable Energy

Marine Renewable Energy: Communication and knowledge flow

Robotics and automated process-control

Robotics and automated process-control in ultra-precision finishing

Biomaterials for use as skin mimics

Creation and analysis of biomaterials for use as skin mimics in pharmaceutical analysis

Optically generated sensitivity enhancements

Optically generated sensitivity enhancements in magnetic resonance spectroscopy