Fuel Cells and their Fuels - Centre for Doctoral Training

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and their Fuels aims to create a new generation of scientists and engineers who will lead the transition towards a sustainable energy future. It attracts students from a diverse range of disciplines, from chemistry and engineering to social science. 

Programme overview

The Centre offers a four-year programme, combining 120 credits of taught modules with a full research PhD:

In the first 18 months, students study:

  • 70 credits of compulsory taught modules (at the University of Birmingham)
  • 50 credits of optional modules from partner universities

Mini-projects including:

    • a public engagement activity in the first year
    • an interdisciplinary project in the second year
    • an industrial placement in the third year

With a mission to produce future energy leaders, the course has been created with the needs of both industry and students in mind and provides:

  • technical training
  • insight into working in industry and research at both international and national levels
  • expertise and research facilities from the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, Loughborough, University College London and Imperial College London
  • knowledge of societal challenges and the politics of climate change and industrial innovation


Studentships include a tax-free stipend of £14,600 per annum (based on residence criteria) and paid Home/EU tuition fees. 

For more information on EPSRC funding and eligibility please visit their website.

Entry requirements

First-class or a high upper-second-class degree, or masters in a relevant discipline.

How to apply

To apply please send a copy of your CV to hfc@contacts.bham.ac.uk. If there is suitable project you will be invited to attend interview.

Further details can be found on the Fuel Cells and their Fuels website.


This information has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.


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