EPSRC Grant Ref:  EP/R513234/1

Applications are invited for one of 18 fully funded EPSRC PhD studentships in the area of Materials Science at the University of Huddersfield. Applicants should be of outstanding quality and exceptionally motivated.

The studentships are renewable for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory annual performance and progression review, and will provide for tuition fees, a tax-free stipend (subject to annual increase).

Please note that there are more projects than funded studentships 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 the interview the 18 most outstanding applicants will be offered a studentship.

The application form and all details are available below

Queries about the application process are welcome and should be directed by email to materials.studentships@hud.ac.uk. Informal enquiries about individual projects should be directed to the lead supervisor listed for each project.

For supervisors: the call for project proposals opens annually in Autumn. Further details on our information for supervisors page, alternativeley please email materials.studentships@hud.ac.uk with any enquiries.

Summary of award


Type of Award: PhD Research Studentship
Eligibility: UK/EU applicants only; First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
Location: Huddersfield

3 years full time research covering tuition fees and a bursary (stipend) starting at £15,009 for 2019/20 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
Closing date: 7 July 2019
Start date: October 2019

Candidate requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area. Specific subject related requirements and prerequisites are listed with each project.

Applicants will, normally, have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. See https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/ for details.

Application details

  • Complete the Studentship Application Form .
  • Provide a current detailed CV, identifying any research employment or experience and, where applicable, details of research conference presentations or publications.
  • Provide copies of transcripts and certificates of all relevant academic and/or any professional qualifications.
  • Provide references from two individuals

Completed applications, including all relevant documents should be submitted via-email to materials.studentships@hud.ac.uk. Please note: if you do not attach all the relevant documentation prior to the closing date of 7 July 2019 your application will not be considered.

Interviews are expected to take place from the week commencing 8 July 2019.


Projects available to apply for under this scheme

Bio Functionalized Surfaces

Development of Bio functionalized surfaces using Additive Printing of Materials

Mucoadhesive holders for advanced imaging

Manufacturing and testing of mucoadhesive holders for advanced imaging

A Novel Thermal Management System

A Novel Thermal Management System for Electric Vehicle’s Batteries

Hydrogen and Formation of Uranium Hydride

Modelling Uranium Corrosion by Hydrogen and Formation of Uranium Hydride

Ion Irradiation Effects on Nano-Structures

Electron Microscopy and Tomography of Ion Irradiation Effects on Nano-Structures

Photo-Catalytic Chromium Complexes

Towards sustainable visible-light driven photo-catalytic materials: Redox non-innocent chromium(III) complexes

Gas accumulation in nuclear reactor materials

Investigation of gas accumulation in nuclear reactor materials

Ultrasound imaging of nanoparticles

Ultrasound imaging of nanoparticles for pathology diagnosis

X-ray Computed Tomography

Geometrical Measurement of 3D Printed Healthcare Products Using X-ray Computed Tomography

Novel Diaryliodonium Salts

Novel Diaryliodonium Salts as One-Component Photopolymerisation Agents

Digital Monitoring Meets Artificial Intelligence

Digital Monitoring Meets Artificial Intelligence in Advanced Manufacturing.

Irradiated Excipients

Crystal morphology effects on radical degradation pathways in irradiation sterilized pharmaceutical excipients