Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies

Six fully-funded PhD studentships per year are available in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council, Science Foundation Ireland and a total of 19 industry partners, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies provides world-leading training to prepare inspired and strategic-thinking scientists ready for high achieving careers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Students on the CDT develop exceptionally high-level scientific skills through a cutting-edge PhD research project, in addition to honing their transferrable, innovation and critical skills via mini-projects and an integrated university-industry training programme.

The CDT is a partnership between the University of Nottingham, University College London (UCL), and the Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster (SSPC) in Ireland. It builds on our highly successful previous CDTs in Targeted Therapeutics and Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines.

The Schools of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham and University College London (UCL) are each offering six fully-funded studentships per year at each university. 

Who should apply?

Applicants should be interested in undertaking a highly multidisciplinary four-year research training programme. Candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class degree, or non-UK equivalent, in pharmacy, chemistry, engineering, physics, biology, mathematics or related sciences. We will only consider applicants with, or expecting, at least an upper second class degree or equivalent, or a relevant masters qualification.

Applications to the University of Nottingham are invited from UK and EU citizens who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the 3 years immediately preceding the start of the programme. Candidates must also have no restrictions on how long they can remain in the UK. UK/EU citizens who have not been residing in the UK for the past 3 years may be eligible for an award and are welcome to apply, but there may be some limitations in terms of the stipend, dependent on funding. Please see EPSRC’s website for further details.


Studentships cover tuition fees and a tax free stipend for the duration of the four-year programme. The stipend rate at the University of Nottingham for the academic year 2018/19 is £14,777 per year. The stipend will rise with inflation for 2019/20.

How to apply

Applications should comprise a single PDF file containing a CV (two pages max) and a covering letter, and be sent to Dr Claudia Matz.

In your covering letter, please ensure you:

  • explain why you want to study for a PhD in interdisciplinary pharmaceutical technologies, and why you think you would be successful on it
  • give your nationality, and state clearly how long you have lived in the UK (this is required for us to assess eligibility for studentship funding)

Application deadline: We will continue to accept applications until all places are filled. However, we expect these to fill rapidly and will initially consider all applications received by 30 March 2019 for shortlisting and interview. Applicants are advised to apply by the end of February to have the best chance of success. 


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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