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PhD Opportunities

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New: PhD Studentships for 3+1+1 Programme

Two Research Studentships for PhD will be available each year from October 2018 for the top-performing students from the 3+1+1 China Programme in the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical & Materials Engineering. Students need to show aptitude for a Doctoral Programme at Loughborough University. The studentships will be awarded on a ‘tuition fees only’ basis; living costs will not be included.

For more information about this opportunity please contact June Lennie, Postgraduate Admissions (Research):

Doctoral Training Centres

The School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering is the host and/or partner in a number of doctoral training centres delivering cutting edge research in areas of strategic engineering, science and technology. Annually a number of PhD opportunities within the doctoral training centres become available if you would like more information they are listed below with links to their own web pages, or you can contact the named academic if you have an enquiry.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy
Enquiries to Dr Mark Jepson, email:
or Prof Rachel Thomson, email:

CDT in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics
Enquiries to Dr Gary Page, email:

Please click on the links above or contact the person named if you would like to find out more or apply for one of these studentships.

Speculative PhD enquiries

Funded research studentships become available throughout the year across a wide range of Chemical and Process Engineering topics, funded by UK research councils, industry and Loughborough University. We also welcome enquiries from individuals who have their own funding or would be interested in a part funded PhD opportunity. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. You can view more information about the areas of research covered within the department using the links below.

Our academic staff are very pleased to help prospective students develop their research proposals as part of the application process. We are also very happy for prospective research students to visit the Department to see the facilities and to meet academic staff and research students.

For some ideas as to the types of projects we are currently interested in running please see our list of Indicative Projects

If you are interested in a future PhD opportunity in any of these research areas or generally a PhD within the Department of Chemical Engineering, please contact: Dr Hemaka Bandulasena, email:

Submitting your application

Research applications are handled centrally at the University and should be submitted online. Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications (including English language where appropriate), academic transcripts and references.

After applying you can upload your supporting documents at any time during the year by returning to your application in the Application Portal, and clicking on 'View/Upload Documents'.

General Enquiries relating to applications, please contact:

Daniella Sorrentino
+44 (0)1509 227480