How to apply

Join a cohort of 19 students to undertake a world-leading combination of training activities and doctoral research across four world-leading partner universities (the University of Sheffield, University of Manchester, University College Dublin and Dublin City University).


Application guidance

UK projects (the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester)

We recruit to advertised projects only, not to the cohort. We do not need you to provide a research proposal.

Review the projects listed, note which university hosts the project, and formally apply via the University of Sheffield or the University of Manchester online PGR application system. 

A guidance document is available to help you complete the forms for Sheffield and Manchester. We will let you know if you will be invited to an interview.

Download the application guidance document (PDF, 522KB)

Irish projects (University College Dublin and Dublin City University)

At University College Dublin and Dublin City University, we recruit to pre-determined projects. We do not need you to provide a research proposal.

Send your CV to

We will let you know if you will be invited to a preliminary interview.

Personal Statement guidance

This programme is more than a ‘standard’ PhD; please state clearly what attracts you to this particular programme and how this relates to your academic background and career plans. This statement is a critical component of your application. It is your opportunity to describe why you are a good fit for the CDT programme. You should describe your interest in the research project; any relevant experience you’ve had; and any experience of research you may have. The personal statement is your chance to show a passion for doing a PhD in Advanced Metallics.

Resources on writing personal statements for PhD applications are available at the University’s careers pages


Applicants should hold, or be about to obtain a first or upper-second class honours undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering discipline or in any STEM subject (science, technology, engineering, maths).

Scholarships and funding

Our remaining scholarships for the 2022 cohort are available to UK residency candidates only.

UK projects (the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester)

We have 14 full (home fees and stipend) scholarships available for 2022 entry.

We have now allocated our two scholarships for non-UK residents. Therefore, to be considered you must have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK and have been resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the programme, excluding for full-time education. 

Our scholarships provide a stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,609 in 2021-22) plus a top-up and tuition fees, for four years. The stipend top-up for a PhD project is £3,250 per year, whereas the stipend top-up for an EngD project is slightly higher at £4,000 per year.

Irish projects (University College Dublin and Dublin City University)

The Irish partnership in the CDT is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) which covers full fees and stipend costs for four years.

The programme will support 25 PhD students over the next five years (five students per year). SFI also funds materials and project-related costs. However, be aware that the funding covers EU fees only.

Advanced Metallic Systems CDT logo enlarged

EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems

Find a PhD

Search for PhD opportunities at Sheffield and be part of our world-leading research.