Application Guidance

You could be part of our next Cohort, undertaking a world-leading combination of training activities and doctoral research, across highly-ranked universities in the UK and ROI.

Photograph of all the Cohorts 2018 - 2021 together at Dublin City University

How To Apply

Applying to UK Projects

The University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester

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

Review the Project Opportunities, 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. 

You will then be informed whether you've been successfully invited to interview.

Download the Application Guidance document (PDF, 522KB)

Applying to ROI Projects

Dublin City University and University College Dublin

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

To apply, review the Project Opportunities, and then send your CV and Supporting Statement to:

You will then be informed whether you've been successfully invited to 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 via the Further Education Application Guide


Applicants should hold, or be about to obtain:

  • 1:1 or 2:1 honours undergraduate degree in an Engineering discipline or a STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subject. 

Scholarships and Funding

Please note, our remaining scholarships for the 2022 Cohort are available to UK residency candidates only.

UK Projects

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.

ROI Projects

The ROI Partnership in the AMS 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. 

Be aware that the funding covers EU fees only.

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EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems

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