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Entry requirements

A first class or upper second class undergraduate (bachelors or integrated masters) degree, merit or distinction in a MSc degree or equivalent qualification, from areas including but not limited to: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, and Food Science. 

Why choose the EPSRC CDT in Molecules to Product? Molecules to product offered an opportunity for multidisciplinary as well as industrial collaboration, both of which were attractive to me as I greatly benefitted from a cross-disciplinary project while on my placement year. In addition, the bespoke training courses that focus on professional development as well as technical skills, were also a strong selling point for me. Harrison, Cohort 1. Being part of a cohort is a great benefit and helped a lot with the transition from industry to student again. There are many things we learn from each other and the training programmes at the start of the course offer valuable experience. Amna, Cohort 1. I liked the multidisciplinary nature of the CDT and the openness to consider applicants from varying backgrounds, it offered the opportunity to expand into other areas of science and technology which was appealing to me. Ashley, cohort 2 When it came to making a decision and choosing a direction for a PhD I wanted to be able to chose from a wide range of projects. The molecules to product CDT was perfect in this regard, plus the ability to work with industry to solve real world problems. Robin, cohort 3.


There are a number of highly competitive EPSRC Fully Funded Studentship Awards for Session 2023/24 covering the full cost of University of Leeds Fees (£4,600 in session 2022/23) plus a Maintenance Allowance (£17,668 in session 2022/23). Applications are open to UK fee rated applicants only. However, some international places are available for students who have their own funding.

How to apply

You can apply for your research degree online. Make sure you complete the application form as fully as you can.

  • Funded research projects (including Centres for Doctoral Training)

You’re required to provide the following information:

  • Your proposed primary and secondary research areas (Product Functionalisation and Performance; Product Characterisation; Process Modelling between Scales )
  • A brief one-paragraph summary of your research interests
  • Grade(s) or degree classification(s) for your degree-level qualifications.
  • Personal Statement
  • CV

Important information: please add the title of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product to both the ‘funding’ and ‘research area/title’ section of the application form.

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.

If you would like to have a chat with a member of our Management Team about the CDT and how it could benefit you, we are more than happy to set up a meeting - please email to request a meeting.

Applications are assessed as they are received, therefore
(following a successful interview), an academic place and scholarship maybe awarded prior to the application deadline.

The Deadline for applications for session 2023/24 (Start Date: 1st October 2023) is end of the day on 29nd September 2023.

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