EPSRC Studentships

Qualification: PhD

Departments: School of Chemistry School of Engineering School of Informatics School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science School of Physics and Astronomy

Application deadline: 21 January 2019 (references should arrive by 28 January 2019)

Start date: September 2019


The deadline for EPSRC applications in 2019 has passed; however, these are annually recurring studentships and this page may give an indication of the subsequent year's information.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. EPSRC covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. It is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. 

Numerous EPSRC-funded studentships are available with the University of Leicester. 

Doctoral training partnerships

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional schemes designed to support the training of the next generation of world-class researchers. The University of Leicester is a lead partner in four DTPs/CDTs through which we can offer funded PhD studentships in a wide range of research areas.

Studentships are available to highly motivated and qualified applicants and provide a generous support package usually including a full fee waiver, annual stipend, and research training support grant. Studentships are in most cases offered early in the year for October start. Enquiries outside of the main application periods are welcomed.



There are numerous research projects in the College. Each one is in competition for funding with one or more other projects. Usually, the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding.

If successful, you will receive:

  • A full UK/EU fee waiver for 3.5 years
  • An annual tax-free stipend of £14,777 (2018/19)
  • A Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary depending upon the the chosen project. In general, you will need several or all of the below:

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant field
  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant field
  • Relevant experience in the field

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

College of Science and Engineering postgraduate enquiries

How to apply

How to apply

The application deadline has now passed for September 2019 entry. Applications for September 2020 entry will open later this year.

To apply please use the Apply button at the bottom of the page. Applicants are advised to apply well in advance of the deadline, so that we can let you know if anything is missing from your application.

You will need:

  1. Two academic references
  2. Your transcripts
  3. Your degree certificate/s (if awarded)
  4. Your curriculum vitae
  5. An EPSRC Studentship Form
  6. An English language qualification

Applications which are not complete by the deadline will not be considered for the studentship scheme. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application form and documents are received by the relevant deadlines.



Studentships are available to UK/EU applicants who meet the EPSRC Residency Criteria; if you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years you will normally be entitled to apply for a full studentship. If you are an EU student and do not meet the residency criteria, please contact csepgr@le.ac.uk for more information on the funding options available.

Unfortunately, there is no funding for international students on this project.

Examples of previous EPSRC Studentships (2019 entry)

Examples of previous EPSRC Studentships (2019 entry)

Department of Chemistry

  • Advanced cell chemistry for aluminium-based rechargeable batteries
  • C-H Fun – Catalytic Functionalisation of CarbonHydrogen Bonds using Earth Abundant Main Group Elements
  • Fluorescence-based sensing of active metabolites linked to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders
  • Hypervalent Iodine(V) Reagents: A New Strategy for Fluorination
  • Using spectroscopy to define human formaldehyde metabolism

Department of Informatics

  • Affective Intelligent Maps for crisis incidents management and navigation
  • Exploring Design Opportunities for ContextAdaptive Collaborative Tools to Support and Enhance Drone-assisted Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations
  • Fully optimised deep neural network for computer-aided cancer detection
  • Scalable in-memory graph databases
  • Vocal Emotions Analysis of Parent-Child Conversations for Supporting Children’s Emotional Wellbeing

Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • Chasing weather with a state-of-the-art constellation of low cost microwave sensor satellites
  • Detecting and interpreting dynamic changes in urban green spaces by applying big data analytics to Earth observations
  • Single photon timing in the picosecond regime

Department of Engineering

  • Effect of microstructure in the mechanical response of cost-effective biomimetic constructs for rapid wound healing
  • Electrodeposited Multilayer Metal Matrix Nano Composite (MMMNC) Coatings for Offshore Protection
  • Modelling and estimation of physiological and pathological dynamics at the calyx of Held giant synapse
  • New bonding technology of composites, inspired by the silk joints of spider webs
  • Surface functionalised nanodiamonds for antimicrobial resistance application