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Nuclear Energy - GREEN

EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy - GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear)

The GREEN CDT is a consortium of the five universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, which aims to train the next generation of expert nuclear scientists and engineers.

Undertake a fully-funded, four-year Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) PhD in GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear) and take your place among the next generation of nuclear experts.

Why undertake an CDT in Nuclear Energy - GREEN?

  • GREEN has significant industrial engagement and support from companies across the nuclear sector, ensuring that the CDT is at the forefront of doctoral study and encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Two-thirds of graduates from this consortium's previous nuclear CDTs have gone on to work in the nuclear sector, and 90% have taken up technical roles.
  • The opportunity to work on real-life challenges at an industry scale, carrying out some or all of your research project in an industrial setting.
  • Graduate as a highly employable nuclear scientist or engineer.
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About the programme

Not since the 1950s has there been a more exciting time to work within the field of nuclear science and engineering. The Nuclear Sector Deal was published in 2018 and the industry is witnessing heavy investment.

While the decommissioning of legacy nuclear sites around the country continues to drive forward, ongoing investment is being made in both new nuclear build and small modular reactors. Nuclear will be an essential component in the country’s efforts to meet climate change targets; but to remain at the forefront of the industry the UK needs new Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

GREEN will provide both academic- and industry-based research partnerships. A taught programme of learning, secondment opportunities, industrial co-supervision and a fully industry-based PhD project will shape you into the SME the nuclear industry needs.

This growing sector has an acute need for skilled nuclear scientists and engineers. Working alongside our 12 industry partners and in partnership with four more of the country’s leading nuclear universities, you will gain a deep theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear fission and fusion for energy.

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GREEN delivers comprehensive doctoral training across the whole fission fuel cycle, in addition to allied areas of fusion.

The programme has a focus on:

  • technical skills development (co-created by key sector employers)
  • wider nuclear sector challenges
  • Clean Growth Agenda
  • government policy and strategy
  • wider public knowledge
  • critical thinking
  • governance
  • regulation.
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How to apply

Applicants should be from the UK/EU. You should have obtained or be about to obtain a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or an overseas equivalent. The degree should be in a relevant area of science or engineering.

If you would like to apply for an CDT PhD in GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear), please follow the application process.

Alternatively you can browse the PhDs on offer using the widget below:

Application process

  1. Go to the online application form.
  2. Follow the instructions to register.
  3. When you get to the 'Create a New Postgraduate Application' page, select:
    Institution: University of Manchester
    Academic Career: Postgraduate Research
    Mode of Attendance: Full Time
  4. In the Programme Description box enter 'GREEN', and then click on the 'search' button.
  5. GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear) 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.
  6. There are a number of pages to complete. The first two pages are self explanatory.
  7. For the Start Date, select September 2019
  8. In the 'Proposed Research' box, for the 'Research Title', please enter the relevant project information. if you do not include the correct title/ supervisor information your application may be delayed. Please also make sure you have discussed the project with the relevant supervisor before applying.
  9. You should leave the 'Special Study Options' box blank.
  10. If there is anything extra that you like to tell us that is not covered by the rest of the form, please enter it in the 'Further Information' box.
  11. Please note if you have any existing publications, then enter them in the Publications boxes ('First Publication', 'Second Publication'), but we do not expect candidates to have publications.
  12. On the 7th page, please provide full details of two referees. Please note, at least one of these should be an academic referee. The online process says that you should upload written references with the form, or alternatively these can be emailed or post to the address at the bottom of this page.
  13. On the 8th page: If you are a UK citizen or a an E.U. national that has been resident in the U.K. for at least three years and you are applying for a fully funded studentship, then in the 'Main Funding Source' box enter the following details:
    Internal / External = External;
    Awarding Body = EPSRC;
    Award Status = Application submitted
    You may leave the other spaces in this box blank as well as the 'Second Funding Source' and 'Third Funding Source' boxes.
    If you already have funding or you are ineligible for a research council studentship, then enter the details of your funding in these boxes.
  14. On page 9: if you have an academic transcript or other useful documents, then please feel free to upload a copy here, or alternatively these can be emailed or posted to the address at the bottom of this page.

Visit the online application form on the University website.

If you are more generally interested in doing a PhD in nuclear science or nuclear engineering, please register your interest via email.

Titling your email 'Register of interest for nuclear PhD', please include the following:

  • your name;
  • your contact details;
  • your degree and outcome (or predicted outcome);
  • the areas in which you're interested in doing your PhD;
  • people that you're interested in working for;
  • preferred university of study (from Lancaster University; University of Leeds; University of Liverpool; The University of Manchester and The University of Sheffield).

Emails should be sent to

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Contact us

If you have any queries about the application process, the projects on offer or your eligibility, please contact our centre manager, Mark Clegg.

  • Email:
  • Tel: +44 (0)161 275 1887
  • Address: The University of Manchester, C24 Sackville Building, Sackville Street, Manchester, M13 9PL
  • If you would like to contact supervisors directly, you can find names and details in the University's online directory.

If you would to find out more about our Centres for Doctoral Training, and are happy for us to contact you about this, please complete and submit our form.