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PhD Studentships in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies

15 Funded PhD Studentships in UK and Ireland - Applications Now Open for 2022

The CDT provides world-class PhD training to early career researchers. Our graduates have the knowledge and skill to take active molecules from drug discovery and design, and transform them into medicines to treat patients.

Recruitment for 15 PhD studentships is now open until 1st February 2022.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council in the UK, Science Foundation Ireland and industry partners, we provide world-leading training to prepare scientists for high achieving careers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

Why study with the CDT?

  • Fully funded PhD studentships at leading UK and Ireland universities 
  • Extensive number of PhD projects in a wide range of research disciplines 
  • Join a network of alumni in industry and academia 
  • Open innovation environment between academia and leading pharmaceutical and healthcare industry partners 

What do we offer?

Our Training

The Centre for Doctoral Training provides PhD training in a unique multidisciplinary environment at the interfaces between chemical, engineering, computational, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. 

A comprehensive scientific and soft-skills training curriculum also involves our UK-based students undertaking a 12-week training project at both academic and industry sites before beginning their PhD research and our Ireland-based students undertaking an industry placement in 2nd year. 

All students receive training in innovation and entrepreneurship. They attend workshops, conferences and colloquia, all with very close industry involvement. They undertake team work and problem solving and undertake outreach activities such as public science communication. 

Students can receive mentoring and are constantly encouraged to expand their academic and professional networks through placements, events and opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper-second class degree, or international equivalent, in pharmacy, chemistry, engineering, physics, biology, mathematics or related sciences, or a relevant Master’s qualification. 

Funding Criteria - please read carefully

There are residence requirements for postgraduate research funding from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, or Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in Ireland. Applicants who do not meet the UK or EU residence requirements are classified as international students and while welcome to apply, are responsible for meeting a higher rate of fees.

SFI Funding Eligibility (for SSPC in Ireland)

SSPC is the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals. Studentships are based in Ireland and are open to UK, EU and international students. To be eligible as an EU student, applicants must have been ordinarily resident in the EU/EEA for 3 of 5 years prior to the application. SSPC studentships will cover EU fees and a stipend. International students are eligible for a full stipend but will be responsible for covering the additional cost of international fees, approx. €7750 annually.

Studentships are based in one of the SSPC partner universities: Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork or University College Dublin.

EPSRC Funding Eligibility (for University of Nottingham and University College London in UK)

Normally, to be eligible for a full award from the EPSRC a student must 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. Awards for UK residents cover UK tuition fees and provide a stipend at the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate.

International tuition fees are higher than UK fees, and EPSRC funding will not cover the additional international fees set by universities. International applicants can be eligible for tuition fees at the UK rate and a stipend at the UKRI rate but this cannot be guaranteed. There is typically strong competition within universities for this funding for a very limited number of international students.

Applications are accepted online ONLY.

Application Form

To apply please complete this online application form.

Application deadline:  We will continue to accept applications until all places are filled.  We will initially consider all applications received by 12 noon, Tuesday 1 February 2022, for shortlisting and interview.

Candidates who are shortlisted can expect to receive an invitation to interview by 1 March 2022.

Application Guidance

Further guidance on the application process can be found here.

Informal Queries

Please contact the CDT programme manager in your preferred institution with any queries:  

  • Mr Graham Harrsion ( University of Nottingham (UK)
    Ms Sarah Marks ( University College London (UK)
    Prof Anne Marie Healy ( SSPC, The SFI Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals (Ireland)