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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy


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This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a 4 year funded integrated PhD and MSc in Bioenergy.

The first 18 months is an intensive period of learning, which includes a research project, taught modules, interdisciplinary team projects and an industrial placement.

Duration: 4 years
Start date: Official Start 1 October 2017 (Arrival 18 September 2017)
Application deadline: 30 June 2017
Number of places: Up to 10 funded places available for 2017 entry
Course structure: Download


Early after arrival and induction you will develop an individual personal development plan. This will help inform your module choices and the selection of skills/professional development activities you'd like to undertake.

Year 1 and 2: You will study 180 credits of taught material required for the MSc component of the integrated degree.

Compulsory modules include: Advanced Renewable Technologies (15 credits), two Interdisciplinary Team Research Projects (2 x 45 credits), and the Transferable Skills & Professional Development activities (which covers aspects of practical training, responsible innovation, team working, public engagement, outreach, commercial awareness development, and other skill development activities including the industrial placement) (15 + 30 credits).

Optional modules (2 x 15 credits) will be selected from a wide and varied list on offer based on your personal development plan.

PhD research begins during semester 3 in year 1.


A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (£4,195 in Session 2017/18), together with a maintenance grant (£14,553 in Session 2017/18) paid at standard Research Council rates and a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG).

Generally, UK students will be eligible for a full award and other 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.

Places are available for students who have their own funding.

Entry Requirements

A degree equivalent to a UK upper second class honours (2:1), or higher, in engineering, environmental science, chemistry, physics or mathematics.

Applicants with a 2:2 first degree will not be considered, even if they also have a Master's level degree.

How to Apply

To apply please complete a formal application for Integrated PhD study (click on ‘Apply online now’).

- Select ‘Research Postgraduate’ for type of form.
- Please select ‘Integrated PhD in Bioenergy’ as the course.
- Start date: 1 October 2017
- Please enter ‘CDT Bioenergy’ in the ‘Research Area’ section. You may include a research proposal if you have a specific project you wish to follow, however this is not required at this stage.
- Please include a CV and transcripts of your first degree.
- Please also include a personal statement of your interests within the subject area – not more than half a side of A4.

Application deadline: 30 June 2017

Selection will be determined by:
- Formal application, CV and transcripts of first degree.
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal interview.

If you require any further information please contact the CDT support
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.