How to apply

PhD Projects available for 2023 entry (Cohort 5)

The project opportunities for 2023 are available to view by clicking on the institution name located on the left.

There are two options available either specific projects sponsored by industry, or academic projects centred around a technical theme supervised by an academic within the relevant institution.

All projects are fully funded for 4 years including tuition fees, stipend and travel/consumables budget.  Open to UK Home students only.

If you are interested in applying for a project you should complete an online submission to the relevant host institution.  You must indicate within your covering letter if you are applying for an industry project using the reference provided or if applying for an academic project please list the technical theme(s) you are interested in.

‌‌‌Attachments for the application process

The following documentation is required as part of the CDT submission process:

  • CV‌
  • Covering letter explaining why you are applying for the CDT and specify which project you are applying for
  • Degree transcripts and certificates
  • If English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

Applicants that have been shortlisted will be invited for an interview and successful applicants will receive an offer from either Newcastle University or University of Nottingham. When submitting, applicants agree that their data is shared with Newcastle University, University of Nottingham and industrial partners.

All information that we hold concerning you as an individual will be held and processed by the universities strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. As an individual, you have right under the Data Protection Act 1998 to obtain data from us, including a description of the data we hold on you. The policy data information can be found within these links for Newcastle University and University of Nottingham.

Eligibility criteria

You will have at least a 2:1 Bachelor's level degree in an engineering or science discipline.  Open to UK Home students only.

Studentship funding

Successful applicants will receive full fees as well as an annual living allowance which is based on the UKRI 2023/24 rate (estimated as £18,021).  A Research Training Support Grant will also be awarded towards consumables and travel for the PhD project.


If there are any queries relating to any of the application processes for the CDT please contact Amanda Lane, Email: