The next tranche of funding from the EPSRC is currently being reviewed for all CDT’s in the UK including the CDT in Catalysis. However, the CDT in Catalysis is inviting applications for 2019/20 intake as expressions of interest. The results of successful funding grants will be released at the end of 2018. If successful, the CDT will be interviewing in February. Further details to be released.  


The CDT is seeking applications from students who have interests across the whole breadth of catalysis research areas. Applicants should have a minimum of a 2:1 degree and either a MChem/MSci or a Masters in an appropriate related subject.

The programme has a slightly different application process to others you may have encountered. We gladly accept applications all year round and we do not have a deadline for submitting an application.

We do, however, have limited spaces so we recommend that you submit an application as early as possible. We usually fill our allocation of places by May.

If you have government or industrial funding, or if you are self-funded, we can review your application at any time of the year. Please contact the CDT team directly.

Application process

You will need to complete an online application form through the Cardiff Postgraduate applications system.

Please select the Master of Research Catalysis (Course code: RFMVCATA) option from the list. The first year is an MRes qualification and is run across all three Universities. Students then opt to do their PhD research at either Cardiff University, University of Bath or University of Bristol. The MRes programme is only available as the first stage of the PhD programme and cannot be completed independently.

Please include with your application:

  • A CV detailing education and relevant work experience.
  • A detailed personal statement of why you want to study the Catalysis CDT 4-year PhD programme and why you are suitable (approximately 500 words).
  • Contact details for two referees who we may contact in support of your application.

Please note that it is not necessary to submit a research proposal with your application.

Successful applicants will be invited to interview.

Get in touch

For informal enquiries please contact the CDT Manager, Helen Whitfield, by email at or by phone on +44 (0)29 2087 4791.

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