PhD Studentships in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies
15 Funded PhD Studentships in UK and Ireland - recruitment closed for 2021
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.
We have filled all the PhD positions available for 2021. Recruitment for 15 PhD studentships will open again in November for the academic year beginning in 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?
- Six funded studentships at the University of Nottingham (UoN), UK
- Six funded studentships at University College London (UCL), UK
- Three funded studentships at SSPC - The Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals, Ireland.
- The SSPC partner universities in the CDT are Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and University College Cork. The SSPC studentships are based in each of these universities.
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.
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.
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, Monday 1 February 2021, for shortlisting and interview.
Candidates who are shortlisted can expect to receive an invitation to interview by 1 March 2021.
Online information session for applicants
We will run an online info session for applicants that will go through the particulars of the application form, including personal statements and selection criteria. The programme managers from Ireland and UK universities will answer questions in a live QA session after the presentation.
Please note that this session will provide practical advice on how to complete the application form, and how the interview process will work. We will not be able to provide support with writing individual applications.
Date and time: Tues 12 January 2021, 12.30-13.30 GMT.
Register in Eventbrite to be sent a link in January.
Please contact the CDT programme manager in your preferred institution with any queries: