CDT Nuclear Energy Futures


Nuclear energy is a proven safe, reliable and clean form of power generation with tremendous potential for securely providing electricity across the globe and combating climate change. 

The Nuclear Energy Futures CDT is an EPSRC-sponsored Centre for Doctoral Training led by Imperial College London and includes Cambridge University, University of Bristol, The Open University and Bangor University. Help lead a better energy future: apply today.


  • Enrol on one of our 80 four-year PhD studentships – pay no fees and receive a generous stipend.*†
  • Undertake exciting research projects supervised by leading nuclear academics across the five UK universities involved: Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, University of Bristol, The Open University and Bangor University.
  • Receive expert support from our project partners, drawn from innovative companies across the nuclear sector
  • Complete your PhD in almost any aspect of nuclear energy, such as reactor technology, structural integrity, decommissioning, waste management and disposal, materials and policy.
  • Be part of cutting-edge projects in nuclear fusion, space power, robotics and machine learning
  • Study our portfolio of training courses, led by experts across the five universities, providing you with a clear and comprehensive understanding of the entire industry
  • Learn flexibly with online courses and part-time options – fit study around your circumstances
  • Join a cohort and participate in enriching events and activities, including expenses-paid international trips to state-of-the-art facilities in Romania, Belgium and the US
  • Take advantage of professional development opportunities in science communication, outreach and entrepreneurship to launch your career

*subject to residency requirements

† Students based at Imperial College will receive London-weighting allowance

How to apply

Making a formal application

Stage 1:

Please complete the Nuclear Energy Futures Pre-Application Form and return to

Before submitting an application, please take the time to familiarise yourself with the minimum academic qualifications; and if you are seeking a studentship, please ensure you meet the stipulated residency requirements.

If you have difficulty downloading or using the form, please get in contact with Dr Jonathan Tate.

Stage 2:

Within 2-3 weeks, you should have received a reply. If the reply is positive, you will be invited to a thirty-minute interview with the admissions panel at Imperial College London.

The purpose of this interview is to evaluate your motivation for studying for a PhD in Nuclear Energy via the CDT. You will be asked questions about some fundamental aspects of nuclear energy and about the CDT model.

Key contacts

For queries please contact Dr Jonathan Tate  (Imperial College) or Ms Krissy Stothard (Bristol)

How to apply

Applications can be made here

Apply here

Website/further information

For further information please see

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Stage 3:

Within 1-2 weeks, you will be informed of the outcome. If you are successful, we will arrange interviews with appropriate supervisors based upon the information you provided about your project choices and research interests. This interview will be more technically-focused.

Please note that this interview can take place at any of the partner universities, depending on the choice of project and research interests. The PhD interviews should have taken place within 3-5 weeks of being informed of the outcome of your first interview.

Stage 4:

Within 1-2 weeks, you will be informed of the outcome of a PhD interview. You will be allowed up to three opportunities to interview for separate PhD projects: if you are not successful in any of them, you will not be able to join the CDT, but you can apply again next year.

If you are successful in one or more PhD interviews, you will be offered to take up the project and thus a position on the CDT in October of the present year. If you accept, you will be referred to the relevant administrator at the university your PhD project is based, who will then inform you of the PhD admissions process at that university.

N.B. While strive to complete these actions within the timeframes specified above, the possibility of unforeseen circumstances mean we cannot guarantee their strict adherence. If you would like to be updated on your application, please do get in touch with a member of our support team.