PhD Advanced Metallic Systems CDT / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2022

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How to apply

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Please apply to the specific plan: Year1 PhD Advanced Metallics CDT

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.

We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor before submitting an application.

Advice to applicants

We require the following documents before we can consider your application.

  • Research proposal - we do not require a research proposal, as only advertised projects listed at FindaPhD.com or the CDT website at  https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/metallicscdt/phd-engd-projects are available. Please name the supervisor and project title as listed in the advertisement.
  • Bachelor's transcripts and certificates.
  • Master's transcripts and certificates (where available).
  • Two academic references from your most recent study.
  • CV
  • Personal Statement. This programme is more than a `standard PhD; please state clearly what attracts you to this particular programme and how this relates to your academic background and career plans. This statement is a critical component of your application. It is your opportunity to describe why you are a good fit for the CDT programme. You should describe your interest in the research project; any relevant experience you ve had; and any experience of research you may have. The personal statement is your chance to show a passion for doing a PhD in Advanced Metallics.

If English is not your first language, we also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document but if successful, any offer of study will be conditional on providing a recognised qualification (like IELTS) that meets the English language entry requirement for this programme.

How your application is considered

A joint Manchester and Sheffield shortlisting and interview panel will assess all applications.

We consider your full academic history including which course units you have taken and the marks obtained. Even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant undergraduate and postgraduate taught course units in our final decision making.

If you graduated more than three years ago, we will also consider the information contained on your CV and any relevant work experience you have to assess if you are still able to fulfil the entry criteria.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities.

We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact.

We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder), carer support funds for conferences, and peer support networks for parents and carers.

All appointments are made on merit.

The University of Manchester and our external partners are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion

Interview requirements

An interview is required for entry to this programme of study. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the CDT team.

During the interview, candidates will be required to make a 10-minute presentation on why they wish to enter the programme. The interview will be co-ordinated by the CDT team at The University of Sheffield.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

If you have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, please send a copy of your previous CAS statement to us as it will assist with the issue of your new CAS statement. This includes study in the UK on study abroad programmes and any study that you did not complete.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. The Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Deferrals

Admissions staff will decide whether to offer places to applicants for deferred entry on their courses and you should not assume that they will grant all such requests. If you request deferral for more than one year, you would normally be required to re-apply, as your chosen course, and your suitability for it, would change over time. English Language test results can only be considered to be current for two years from the test date.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.