Fully Funded Studentships

  • Funding opportunity
  • Studentship
  • Leeds
  • 12 July 2022

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  • Fully Funded Studentships, EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product
  • The University of Leeds
  • Up to 15 fully funded (Academic Fees and Maintenance Allowance currently £15,609 p.a.)
  • Available for October 2022 start
  • Application closing date: July 12, 2022

About this opportunity

The CDT in Molecules to Product offers and exciting opportunity to undertake a fully funded 4 year PhD programme with bespoke training courses with have been identified by industry to fill skills gaps. The training courses span the duration of the PhD and will contribute towards your understanding of the product development lifecycle, alongside developing your professional and business know-how.

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product will train tomorrow’s leading researchers with the skills and know-how in designing, characterising and developing the next generation of chemical and material based products that deliver superior performance and properties.

The vision is to underpin a ‘design and supply’ paradigm instead of the current road map of inventing, developing then manufacturing. This approach will assist industry to mitigate against wasted development time and costs and to focus on products and processes where the risk of failure is reduced. The research project structures reflect this challenge and range from original research delivered entirely within an academic environment through to fundamental research in partnership with industry.

The CDT addresses a major challenge identified by the leading industry partners and the wider chemical and pharma producing sectors: how to deliver a final product that has the required molecular structure/system to deliver the desired performance attributes. Sectors of interest include speciality chemicals, agrochemicals, home and personal care (HPC), fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), food and beverage, and pharma/biopharma.


  • Interdisciplinary training programme supervised by world class researchers
  • Key professional skills training with a focus on decision making, innovation and enterprise
  • Industrial research placement opportunities
  • The University has world-leading strengths in analytical science and associated facilities within the Bragg Centre
  • Benefit from partnerships with the Sir Henry Royce Institute and Diamond Light Source
  • Join research collaborations and training placements at universities and organisations from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 for MEng, MChem, MPhys (i.e. an enhanced 4 year degree), or 2:1 with a Merit MSc equivalent from areas including but not limited to: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics and Food Science.

We will also consider applicants with Bachelor degree with 1st class Hons with a minimum of 2 year’s experience in industry.


There are a number of Fully Funded EPSRC (Engineering and Physics Sciences Research Council) Studentship Awards for Session 2022/23 covering the full cost of University of Leeds Fees (£4,600.00 in session 2021/22) plus a Maintenance Allowance (£15,609 in session 2021/22).

Applications are open to both Home and International fee rated applicants, however the number of awards open for International applicants is limited by the funding body UKRI (UK Research and Innovation). Some additional places are also available for students who have their own funding.

How to apply

Please see our website for further information on how to apply:
Apply Now : Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product (leeds.ac.uk)

Application Deadline

The Deadline for applications for session 2022/23 (Start Date: 1st October 2022) is Tuesday the 12th of July 2022.

UKRI and the CDT in Molecules to Product is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all. Applications from women, those with a disability, and members of minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented at senior levels in the research and innovation community, are therefore especially encouraged.

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