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

Key contacts

For queries please contact 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, including a full list of available projects please see:

CDT website