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Integrated Catalysis (iCAT) CDT

How to apply

We are now welcoming applications for cohort 3 (to start on September 2021)!

Applicants should hold (or be about to obtain) a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant area of science or engineering. Please note that:

  • Applications open in October for the following September.
  • The second round of applications is open until 5 February 2021; we aim to hold online interviews later that month.

Please ensure that you read and follow the application instructions below.

Application instructions

To apply to the iCAT CDT, please follow the instructions below.

All applications must be made online via the University's website. The online form is generic and is used for all postgraduate degrees, but the instructions below are designed to make the application to the CDT as simple as possible.

  1. You'll find the link to the application form on the University website.
  2. Follow the instructions to register.
  3. When you get to the 'Create a New Postgraduate Application' page, select:
    Institution: The University of Manchester
    Academic Career: Postgraduate Research
    Mode of Attendance: Full Time
  4. In the Programme Description box enter 'Integrated Catalysis', and then click on the 'search' button.
  5. PhD Integrated Catalysis CDT should appear as one of the options. Select the 'apply' link next to this option. This will take you to the start of the online form for the programme. Now just enter your details and follow the instructions.
  • Please note that we will also require two references (at least one of which must be academic), a personal statement no longer than 500 words, and a copy of your CV. If you don't have the supporting documents when you apply, you can email them to; please note that the deadline for receiving or uploading supporting documents is the same as the deadline for applications.
  • You do NOT need to prepare a research proposal; you will be offered a selection of projects to choose from in the first semester of year 1. On step 3 of the application form (proposed research project), the only required fields are the start date (please select 'September 2021'), and research title (please type 'iCAT CDT').
  • On step 8 of the application (funding), your main funding source will be 'internal', the award type is 'other internal funding source', and the award status 'not applicable'

Funding and eligibility

All iCAT CDT students will be fully funded: fees are covered, and an annual stipend at UKRI level will be provided; students will additionally receive a travel and consumables budget.

For exceptionally academically strong international students with proven research potential (eg published papers or evidence of significant contribution to research projects) the CDT may be able to assist with applications to Manchester scholarships such as:

  • China Scholarship Council and The University of Manchester's Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD study
  • President's Doctoral Scholar Award
  • FSE Dean's scholarships

Details of these scholarships can be found on the Faculty of Science and Engineering website.

There may be alternative funding opportunities available for international students and for more information on this, please visit the University's international student funding advice page.