Applications are now open for the CANES Programme (September 2016 entry)
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10 fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships
Additional industry-sponsored studentships possible
Apply by 19 February 2016 for September 2016 entry
(late consideration possible)

Non-equilibrium processes underpin many challenging problems across the natural sciences. The mission of CANES is to train a new generation of researchers in cross-disciplinary approaches to non-equilibrium systems, focussing on the three key strands of theoretical modelling, simulation and data-driven analysis. It draws on a broad range of supervisor expertise in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Computational and Systems Biomedicine, Earth and Environmental Sciences, including partners at Imperial College London, University College London and Queen Mary University of London.

Why study within our CDT?

The training programme consists of a first year combining taught courses and research projects, leading to the award of an MSc. In years two to four, students will progress to the PhD component where the emphasis will shift to research. Structured training is delivered by a number of routes, which include open question sandpits, master classes, seminars, journal clubs and an annual retreat. Students will also be able to undertake internships at a broad range of industrial and international academic partners.

The Centre for Doctoral Training CANES offers:

  • An innovative programme of teaching, delivered by academics with a wide range of expertise in non-equilibrium systems across the Faculties of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences and Medicine and Social Science and Public Policy.
  • High quality training in a broad range of transferable skills, public engagement and outreach activities.
  • A cohort approach to learning.
  • Student led choice of research project.
  • An interdisciplinary pool of supervisors directing cutting-edge and challenging research projects in the rapidly developing and exciting field of non-equilibrium systems.

Who should apply?

Excellent undergraduates holding or expecting to gain a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent international qualification) with First Class honours in a relevant discipline including mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, materials science, biophysics, geophysical sciences and computer science. A 2:1 (upper second class) honours degree (or international equivalent) may be acceptable depending on the candidate's academic background, including e.g. strong performance (predicted or achieved) in a Master's degree.

A strong background in quantitative science will be essential for students to take full advantage of the CANES training programme.


The Centre funds around 10 studentships each year. Each studentship is funded for 4 years. Funding covers:

  • A tax-free stipend of around £16,000 per year.
  • Tuition fees.
  • A generous conference travel and internship fund.

The programme can support UK applicants as well as a limited number of students from the EU and overseas.

How to apply

For further details and how to apply visit

Application deadline: Interested candidates should apply by 19 February 2016. Applications received after this date will be considered where possible, particularly for candidates from outside the UK who may have later local deadlines.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to the CANES Centre Manager (

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