Sustainable Chemistry Centre for Doctoral Training

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry was developed in collaboration with industry and as a partnership of several disciplines, including chemistry, engineering, biosciences and business. The centre aims to provide students with first class research training as well as the technical, theoretical and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to become champions in sustainable chemistry. 

Programme overview

The EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry is a four-year programme that offers fully-funded studentships to 14 students with a background in chemistry, engineering or biosciences. 

During the first year, students will develop their main research project and then work on this for the next three years. As well as academic training, students will further benefit from a professional skills programme and practical laboratory skills training. 

Key benefits include:

  • innovative training approach and continuous professional development
  • interdisciplinary exposure
  • peer support network
  • generous travel and consumables budget
  • funded three-month placement in industry or another higher education institution
  • tuition fees paid and a tax-free annual stipend of £14,296 available to UK and EU nationals

Entry requirements

Ideally, candidates are expected to hold at least an upper second class honours degree with a recognisable amount of chemical science content, from a four year undergraduate course (MSci, MChem, MEng, etc) or equivalent qualification.

This qualification could include chemistry, chemical engineering, process engineering, food science, natural sciences, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy or other first-degree topics with a directed input to the theme of sustainability and sustainable chemicals processing. 


Tuition fees paid and a tax-free annual stipend of £14,296 available to UK and EU nationals.

Funding is subject to EPSRC criteria. Please visit their website for more details.

Please note: self-funded students who do not fit the ESPRC rules can also be associated with the centre.

How to apply

To apply you will be asked to complete a standard online application form.

You will also be asked to complete an EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry application form.

Full details can be found on the CDT in Sustainable Chemistry 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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