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PhD Fusion Energy CDT MACE / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
48 months
Entry requirements
Minimum requirement is a First Class or Upper Second class honours degree.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
  1. Online Application Form in which you should include details of your previous study, your research project title and the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research.
  2. Degree certificates and academic transcripts of previous university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must also provide an official translation.
  3. C.V. summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research.
  4. Research Proposal outlining your research project. This should include the title of the project, objectives of the research, methodology you will employ, a literature review, demonstration of your ability to conduct this research and the importance of this research.

Once we have received this documentation and if your qualifications meet our academic entry requirements, your application material will then be sent to your potential supervisor for consideration.

If the academic supervisor is interested in supervising your research, they will contact you to arrange an interview either in person or by Skype/telephone. The supervisor can then decide whether they wish to make you an offer of a place on the programme.

If your application is successful at this stage, we can issue a formal offer letter and request any additional documentation that is required, including:

  • English Language qualification (if applicable) - IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 (with no sub-test below 5.5).
  • Two letters of reference provided by people who have knowledge of your academic ability. Reference letters must be written on official letter headed paper and be signed and dated by the referee (reference letters must be less than 1 year old).

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme description

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy, or Fusion CDT for short, is designed to create an outstanding training environment for the next generation of fusion scientists - the generation who will exploit ITER, NIF and other international experiments to make fusion energy a reality.

Students have access to a range of fusion energy facilities across the UK, including the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the MAST and JET tokamaks at Culham in Oxfordshire, advanced materials research facilities, the Orion laser and high performance computing facilities. International links provide access to many other fusion devices around the world.

The combination of world-leading experts and world-class facilities creates an outstanding training environment for the next generation of fusion scientists - the generation who will exploit ITER, NIF and other international experiments to make fusion energy a reality.

Open days

Our Postgraduate Research Open Day is held in October. However to find out more about the School we would encourage you to take an online tour of our facilities and hear from some of our current students and staff on our Virtual Open Day .

If you have any other questions about the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering , please do not hesitate to contact us at:


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,260
    International students (per annum): Standard £22,000, Band 1 £23,000, Band 2 £26,000

Contact details

Academic department
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Academic department overview
See: About Us .

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