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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Fission- Next Generation Nuclear

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Engineering

The mission of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Fission - Next Generation Nuclear(CDT NGN) is to develop future research leaders to support the UK’s strategic nuclear programmes including nuclear legacy clean-up, new build power stations and, defence and security.

This centre has been set up in partnership with four other universities including Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool and Sheffield and we work with all the UK’s major industrial and regulatory bodies including Amec, Areva, AWE, EDF, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls-Royce, and Sellafield Ltd.

For more information about the CDT, please visit the programme website.

Applications for 2016 entry are now open.

Duration: 4 years
Start Date:
1st October 2016 (Taught course will begin mid-September)
Application Deadline: Wednesday 31 August 2016

The CDT NGN aims to develop and deliver the research and skills required to address key challenges in the field of nuclear energy across the entire fuel cycle.

There are two CDT NGN opportunities at the University of Leeds for 2016 entry:

- Long Term Storage of Magnox Fuel in Dry Conditions
Supervisor: Professor Bruce Hanson (

- Development of a Pre-treatment Process for Disposal of Magnox and Exotic Fuels
Supervisor: Professor Bruce Hanson (

Please note: you do not have to apply for a specific project straight away. You can apply for a place on the CDT Next Generation Nuclear programme at the University of Leeds and discuss project opportunities with the supervisors at a later date.

A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (£4,100 in Session 2015/16), together with maintenance grant (£14,057 in Session 2015/2016) paid at standard Research Council rates, and a Research Training Support Grant.

Generally, UK students will be eligible for a full award and other European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying academic fees and RTSG only, except in cases where residency in the UK has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the programme of study.

Places are available for students who have their own funding.

We welcome applications from graduates who have, or expect to obtain, a good degree (first class or upper second) in a relevant discipline, such as chemistry, earth or environmental sciences, material science, physics or an appropriate branch of engineering.

To be eligible for a studentship, you must either be a U.K. citizen or a European Union national who has been resident in the U.K. for at least 3 years prior to starting the course.

The NGN Centre welcomes applications from international students however this particular programme is funded by the Research Council which means we have limited funding opportunities for overseas students.

To apply please complete a formal application for Integrated PhD study(click on ‘Apply online’)

Instructions for filling out the form:

- Select ‘Research Postgraduate’ for type of form.
- Please select ‘Integrated PhD in Nuclear Fission – Next Generation Nuclear’ as the course.
- Start date: 1st October 2016 (induction activities at the University of Manchester and the University of Leeds will take place towards the end of September)
- Enter ‘CDT NGN’ in the ‘Research Area’ section. Please indicate if there is a specific project that you would like to be considered for.
- Please include a CV and transcripts of your first degree.

Application deadline: Friday 22nd January 2016

Selection will be determined by:

- Formal application, CV and transcripts of first degree.
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal interview.

For admissions enquiries please contact our Graduate School Office,

For general enquiries please contact Abby Ward,