How to Apply
At SynTech CDT we welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, from chemists, chemical engineers, theoreticians and data scientists. Please click HERE for the application portal.
Applicants must have at least a 2.1 UK four-year undergraduate masters (honours) degree (for example MChem/MEng) or a UK three-year bachelors (honours) degree plus a relevant one or two-year masters degree, MPhil or equivalent. Applicants with undergraduate degrees only will not usually be considered, although some 4-year programmes with a strong research component may be eligible for entry.
If your degree is not from the UK, please check our International Qualifications Equivalents page to check your eligibility.
The window to apply for October 2023 entry will open from the 15th of September 2022. The 1st round application deadline including scholarship funding is the 1st of December 2022. The final deadline is the 16th of May 2023.
Applications will be shortlisted for the 1st round during December 2022. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview in late December or early January. The interviews usually take place virtually due to current circumstances.
Funding & Fee Status
UK and Irish candidates are eligible for the CDT UKRI fully funded 4-year studentships that cover both fees and maintenance.
Irish students are required to be settled and ordinarily resident in the UK on the day on which the first term of their first academic year begins.
EU candidates with permanent residency or settled status in the UK are expected to qualify for home level fees and will therefore be eligible for full studentships. EU candidates with pre-settled status are expected to qualify for home level fees if they meet the UKRI residency criteria.
The majority of awards are made to candidates who are eligible for home fees, but up to 30% may be made to International (including EU citizens not qualifying for the above criteria) candidates. Successful international candidates can only be considered for partial funding (home-level fees and maintenance) from UKRI. The candidates who are selected for these studentships are encouraged to also apply to other sources of funding, and will be nominated for various additional funding sources by the CDT (if successful in the interview) to maximise their chances of gaining the necessary funding and be able to cover the difference between the Home and International fee rates.
For more information about fee status please click HERE.
Please click HERE to watch a short video on International Funding.
Steps for Applying
1. Please make sure you read the graduate prospectus entry for the SynTech CDT carefully before completing your application.
2. Complete the online application and upload your CV and transcript. You must have your references ready before submitting your application.
Early applications are strongly encouraged as the majority of applicants are shortlisted for interview following the funding deadline on the 1st of December 2022.
The CDT will continue to review applications after this time and until the applications close on the 16th of May 2023, but most successful applicants will be informed between February and the end of April 2023.
It is not possible to provide a more specific timeframe, and we inform applicants of successful awards as soon as possible.
We are unable to provide feedback to applicants. There are a limited number of awards available, and applicants are considered on the basis of academic merit and available departmental resources, including supervisors and suitable projects.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You may find that you have a variety of questions that you would like to ask the SynTech team.
We have compiled a list of answers to the most common questions we have received. Please click on the button below for the full details.
If you have any further questions you can always contact us.