Catalysis Doctoral Training Centre

This PhD is a 4 year course that offers an unparalleled opportunity to conduct cutting edge research in all areas of catalysis from theory to engineering.

This course is part of the EPSRC Catalysis Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). The universities of Bath, Bristol and Cardiff work closely together to train and educate based on the distinctive but complementary areas of expertise within Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the three institutions.

The CDT will allow 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 first year is a Master of Research (MRes) qualification, during which 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.

Programme aims

Some of society’s biggest challenges can be addressed through catalysis: clean energy generation, environmental clean-up of air and water and sustainable manufacture. The CDT offers postgraduate training in Catalysis and Reaction Engineering to benefit society and to meet the current and future needs of UK Catalysis. This interdisciplinary programme will give students advanced knowledge of traditional and emerging catalysis disciplines, an understanding of industry and global contexts and teach research and professional skills. Graduates from the CDT will be fully aligned to the needs of UK industry and best placed to drive and grow the UK catalysis sector.

Distinctive features

  • Based across three universities with full access to their facilities.
  • Personal tutor and mentoring across the three universities.
  • Funded places, including fees, a generous stipend and travel allowance.
  • Specialist training within CDT by experts in their field.
  • The programme is closely tied to industry needs.
  • A modernised social space available throughout their 4 year studies.
  • A first year dedicated teaching lab and a high spec seminar room.
  • The course has been written and designed specifically for the CDT, and so all of the training, workshops and module structure is unique to this CDT.
  • Students are encouraged to take part in poster presentations and conferences.
  • Students have the opportunity to meet and work with over 40 academic members of staff.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time
Qualification PhD
Full-time duration PhD 4 years: (1 year MRes + 3 years)
Start dates October

The first year is a Master of Research (MRes) qualification and is run across all three universities. The students then opt to do their PhD research with one of the three universities.

The CDT students have access to facilities from University of Bristol, University of Bath and Cardiff University. These facilities include a dedicated social space, newly refurbished specialist labs, teaching space and all the student facilities 3 leading universities can offer.

The students have the opportunity to study under some of the leading experts across Heterogeneous Catalysis, Homogeneous Catalysis and Chemical Engineering in the three partner universities and have the opportunity to choose from an extensive range of PhD projects.

MRes module list

  • Advanced Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Recent Advances in Homogenous Catalysis
  • Chemical & Catalytic Reaction Engineering
  • Research Sabbatical I & II
  • Catalytic Design Project
  • Key Skills (training, lab techniques, journal club).

Research sabbaticals

In depth research sabbaticals available in:

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Homogeneous Catalysis
  • Chemical Engineering.

Skills developed

The students will develop many skills through this program. They will regularly network within the CDT cohort both in their intake year and all other intakes. They will be equipped with the skills to go into academia or industry after they have completed their studies. Beyond research skills these students will have interpersonal skills, extensive experience of independent and group work, presentation and reflective skills.

Resources and facilities

  • A modernised social space available throughout their 4 year studies.
  • A first year dedicated teaching lab and a high spec seminar room.
  • The course has been written and designed specifically for the CDT, and so all of the training, workshops and module structure is unique to this CDT.
  • Students are encouraged to take part in poster presentations and conferences.
  • Students have the opportunity to meet and work with over 40 academic members of staff.

Supervisors

Please refer to the Catalysis CDT website for a comprehensive list of academic supervisors.

Career prospects are wide and students can choose from industries including, medicine, science, technology, engineering or academia.

Funding

A place in the CDT is fully funded for the 4 year duration. This includes full University fees, a stipend paid 4 times during the year and a travel allowance.

Due to the nature and restrictions of EPSRC funding we are only able to offer fully funded places to UK and EU residents.

There are currently no funding opportunities available.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Please include with your application:

  • A CV detailing education and relevant work experience
  • 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).
  • Contact details for two referees who we may contact in support of your application.

It is not necessary to submit a research proposal.

Candidates should possess a degree in a relevant subject area, such as 2:1 or higher in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering or the equivalent. Additionally, applicants should hold or be about to obtain a relevant postgraduate qualification such as an MChem/MSci or MSc in Chemistry, or the equivalent.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Contacts

Administrative contact(s)

Helen Whitfield

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