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Course closed:

Automated Chemical Synthesis Enabled by Digital Molecular Technologies (EPSRC CDT) is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £75 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Selection Process

Due to the large volume of applications that the Department of Chemistry we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.  All applicants eligible for the funding competition will be considered in a gathered field, however, some groups like to get started with interviews before this deadline to spread the workload, so we strongly advise applicants to submit their applications as early as possible to maximize their chance for an interview. 

Incomplete applications (those missing one or both academic references) will be seriously disadvantaged. Applicants should ensure that academic referees submit references BEFORE the funding deadline.

The Department will be conducting interviews, by panels of at least two academic members of staff, for shortlisted applicants. Most of these interviews will take place in January, but some may also be scheduled in December. Successful applicants will be made offers and entered for the funding competition by mid-February. 

There are several categories of outcomes you could fall into following your application submission. Please make a note of the dates below before contacting admissions regarding the status of your application:

  • Shortlisted scholarship eligible candidates interviewed for competition – January.
  • Entered into scholarship competition – your offer will be processed at Departmental level and you will be informed that you have been entered into the scholarship competition by mid-February. 
  • Interviewed but not entered into scholarship competition – your application may either have specific funding allocated or be on hold until the outcome for the scholarship competition is realised to guage available places (this can be up to the end of June). If you are able to self-fund, please indicate this on your application. 
  • Not interviewed for scholarship competition - Your application will be considered with the gathered field. You will either receive a rejection or your application may be kept on hold until the outcome of the scholarship competition is known.

If you have not heard anything by April, please get in touch Syntech-CDT@ch.cam.ac.uk

Applications submitted after the University funding deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, and these applicants should expect to hear whether they have been successful within six weeks of their completed application having been received.

For more information please see here.

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Experience
    Explain how your relevant experience & aptitude makes you suited to research in this CDT.
  • Supervisors
    Name up to three prospective supervisors who currently match best with your research interests. A list of potential supervisors will be advertised on the CDT website.
  • Statement of interest (1500 characters)
    Your reasons for being attracted to this type of training course/interdisciplinary subject matter instead of a conventional training programme.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.


How to Find a Supervisor

Candidates are advised to approach a selection of up to three supervisors from the list of academics who are associated with the SynTech CDT, however please be aware that some may not always have availability for additional students. When introducing yourself to the academic, it is recommended that you send a brief background covering letter containing an outline of your proposed research project.

Key Information


4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Chemistry This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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