Study with us

We are offering studentships in fusion energy across the five university partners. You do not have to have in depth knowledge of fusion when you apply. If you are accepted onto our programme, you will benefit from a series of training courses with full funding provided, which will enable you to then embark on an exciting research project at the forefront of the field.

If you have questions about the programme have a look at our FAQ page or contact us by email, or phone +44 (0)1904 324907 and we will be happy to help you.

Update on 2017 Entry

The first deadline for plasma projects for September 2017 entry passed on 31 January 2017 and interviews were held on 1 March 2017. The majority of plasma projects have now been filled, however, there is a possibility of additional funded places becoming available.

If you are interested in a materials project offered by Professor Damian Hampshire at Durham University, please contact him directly.

Projects for 2018 entry will be added to the website from late September 2017 onwards.

How to apply

You will need to apply directly to the university that offers your chosen PhD project. You may apply to more than one university if you wish. The links below will take you to each university’s Fusion CDT web page from where you will be signposted to the application pages. Please mention on your application form that you are interested in the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training. If you are interested in a specific research area please also mention this on the application form.

As well as making the formal application to the Universities below please complete this short form in order that the lead university can coordinate all applications and keep in touch with all our applicants. Don’t forget to also subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of this page so we can send you reminders about important dates, news and events.

On the application form you will find a section entitled “research proposal”. It is useful, when looking at your application, to know which area of research interests you most. To help you identify this you could think about including any or all of the following:

  • The title of any of the advertised projects in which you are interested and briefly describe why the projects interest you. You can include as many as you like, there are no limits .
  • Your relevant interest in the research areas.
  • What interests you – analytic theory, simulation, modelling, experiment (or all of these).

Other things to think about including in your application are:

  • Your motivation for applying for the PhD in Plasma Science and Fusion Energy and why you believe you are well qualified for the programme.
  • How will you benefit from the programme (both the taught element and the research), and what you expect to bring to the Fusion CDT.
  • Using the advertised research projects as a guide, provide an overview of the research you would find most interesting and explain why.

Application procedures for each university can be found by following the links below:

Durham University – How to apply
University contact: Prof. Ray Sharples

University of Liverpool – How to apply
If you are interested in applying for one of the Fusion CDT postgraduate research projects hosted at Liverpool, you should follow the link above and complete the online application form. For the question about studentship funding, you should write “Fusion-CDT”. We strongly recommend that you first contact the project supervisor, as given in the project description, and/or the University contact as shown below, before making your application.
University contact: Dr Mark Bowden

University of Manchester – How to apply
Learn more about the Fusion research at the University of Manchester
University contact: Dr Sarah Haigh

University of Oxford Materials – How to apply
University contact for Oxford Materials: Dr David Armstrong

University of York – How to apply
University contact: Prof. Howard Wilson

Additionally, students interested in a PhD or Masters degree in fusion research may want to attend the Fusion Energy Open Day, organised by and held at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE): several leading universities and the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory will be in attendance to describe opportunities in fusion and related research.