PhD Fusion Energy CDT Materials / Overview

Year of entry: 2023

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

Please have a look at our current list of available projects  and make contact directly with the project supervisor/s to inform them of your interest and to discuss the project (providing your CV at this stage would be worthwhile) before, or whilst submitting your application.

We suggest that you select up to three projects that you would be interested in applying for: some supervisors may already have a candidate in mind and when multiple candidates are being considered, additional options will help us to match each candidate to the most suitable project.

Once you are ready to begin the application process, please  apply online through The University of Manchester online application system for postgraduate research programmes. If you are unable to provide all of the required documents at the time of submitting your application, these can be provided by email later (but we do advise that you do this asap). If you are currently studying, it would be useful to see your grades to date. You should be able to get an interim transcript (we know that these grades are often not confirmed) from your course administrator/s.

Fully-funded studentships are available to UK residents. EU nationals resident in the UK more than three years can be considered for most projects. It may also be possible to consider exceptional EU candidates, but an early application would need to be considered.

Closing date for applications:  January 31st 2022.

If you have any questions about this process, please get in touch with Dr Ed Pickering ( )

Programme options

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

Programme description

The 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.

Open days

Visit our Faculty of Science and Engineering Postgraduate Research page to register for our upcoming webinar for prospective applicants and learn about the steps you need to take to start your journey to postgraduate research.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): Band A £4,712; Band B £6,500; Band C £9,500; Band D £13,500; Band E £23,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): Band A £26,500; Band B £28,500; Band C £33,500; Band D £40,500; Band E £54,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Contact details

Department of Materials
Contact name
Postgraduate Research Admissions Team
0161 543 4026

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