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Centre for Doctoral Training

This  interdisciplinary programme led by the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, together with the universities of Bath  and Bristol, offers postgraduate training in Catalysis and Reaction  Engineering.


In November 2013, the UK government Science  Minister announced that the EPSRC is to create a Centre for  Doctoral Training (CDT) in Catalysis addressing some of society's biggest  challenges through catalysis: clean energy generation, environmental clean-up  of air and water and sustainable manufacture.

The interdisciplinary programme allows  postgraduates to develop an advanced knowledge of traditional and emerging  catalysis disciplines, an understanding of industry and global contexts plus  research and professional skills. The resulting graduates will drive and grow  the UK catalysis sector as well as support the needs of UK industry.

MRes and PhD course

Based in the three centres of Bath, Bristol and Cardiff, and working closely with UK industry, a PhD at the Catalysis CDT is a 4 year course that offers an unparalleled opportunity to conduct cutting edge research in all areas of catalysis from theory to engineering.

During your first year, you will spend time at all three universities, before deciding on which area of catalytic chemistry or engineering to specialise in during your research project.

How to apply

Fill out the online application form through the Cardiff Postgraduate applications system. You are encouraged to fill in the online application form, rather than complete the paper copy.

Course title: Master of Research Catalysis
Course code: RFMVCATA

Please include when submitting your application;

  • Contact details for two referees who we may contact in support of your application.
  • A detailed personal statement of why you want to study the Catalysis CDT 4-year PhD programme and why you are suitable (approximately 500 words).
  • Your CV detailing education and relevant work experience.

It is not necessary to submit a research proposal.

For informal enquiries please contact the CDT Manager, Helen Whitfield:, or Tel: +44 (0)29 208 74791.