Before beginning the application process please ensure you are aware of the student eligibility criteria and research topic areas.

Who should apply?

Applicants are normally expected to achieve either:

  • a minimum of an upper-second class honours degree from an undergraduate course in an appropriate physical or biological science, science, mathematics or engineering


  • a clinical qualification related to prosthetics, orthotics and the other relevant allied health disciplines, with additional evidence of skills in engineering and physical sciences (e.g. biomechanics, human gait)

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. Please note that accessibility information about the University can be found on the DisabledGo app.

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The funding available is competitive and will only be awarded to an outstanding applicant. As part of the selection process, the strength of the whole application is taken into account, including academic qualifications, personal statement, CV and references.

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The application process

Applications are open.

Before beginning the application process please ensure you are aware of the student eligibility criteria and PhD projects available.

How to apply

Step 1: Submit Expression of interest 

In order for us to assess your suitability and eligibility, please complete the Expression Of Interest (EOI).

There are a limited number of PhD studentships available. These are for Home students only. We cannot accept international applications.

Expression of Interest Form (EOI)

Available projects 2023-2024

CDT Projects 2023-2024

You are also required to attach a personal statement and a CV.

The first stage is an expression of interest (EOI). This is allows us to screen you for eligibility to receive ESPRC funding for your PhD and to assess if your research interests and academic background are suitable for entry onto a PhD with one of the four host institutions. Please note that the EOI form is online. All other documents must be emailed directly to

In the EOI form you will be asked to identify up to three projects you wish to study. 

You are also required to provide as part of your EOI a CV, copies of certificates and transcripts and a personal statement.

Please use the personal statement as an opportunity to provide a detailed account your research interests and why you are applying to the CDT and the specific studentship project.  We are interested in hearing details of your first/second degree and any previous of research experience. Please keep this statement to a maximum of 2 A4 pages in length. 

Please ensure that we receive your CDT EOI form, CV, copies of certificates and transcripts and your personal statement through the following email address:

Step 2: Interview 

Shortlisted applicants are then invited for an academic and industrial interview. At these interviews, your experience, interests and qualifications related to the CDT will be explored. After the interview suitable candidates will be offered a PhD project. We will endeavor to offer you one of your preferred projects, however, we cannot guarantee this.

Step 3: Register

If successful at interview you will be recommended to one of the host institutions for a CDT PhD studentship. Successful applicants will be informed and asked to go through the host intuitions online application process within a specified time frame. The specific research theme, host institution and funding recommended for you will be detailed to you in writing from the CDT. 

The host institution will review your application to them and, subject to fulfilling their criteria for application, will formally offer you a place at the ESPRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Applicants should not, in the first instance, apply directly through their preferred host institutions application channels.