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Eligibility and entry requirements

Entry into this exciting new programme is competitive and will take account of qualifications, aspirations and experience. Successful applicants are likely to have an engineering background with some specialisation in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics; students from related fields will also be considered. Students are normally expected to have a good 2.1 or 1st class honours degree from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas university. See here for International Qualifications.

Students must partake in the MRes year even if they have a Master’s qualification already.

The MRes is specially designed for the Future Propulsion and Power CDT and is an integral part of the course.

English Language requirements

To find out if you need to take a language test as part of your application, please see the Graduate Admissions site here.

Details of language tests accepted by the University of Cambridge can be found here.

Studentship details and eligibility criteria

The majority of successful applicants must be eligible for EPSRC funding but a number of places are also available to those who fall outside this category.  EPSRC funding currently offers stipends of £15,609 - £19,241 p.a. The stipend usually increases annually and is not subject to UK income tax or national insurance. The studentships will also cover university fees for the duration of the 4-year programme and includes a Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG) that can be used for other training costs, such as attending a conference. Further information on fees for this programme can be found here.

Fee Status

Your fee status will influence the level of fees you are charged, and also the type of financial aid available to you. If you are made an offer of admission to the course, your offer will state what Cambridge University Postgraduate Admissions Office believes your fee status to be, based on the information you have provided in your application form, and according to the relevant UK legislation. Please note the Postgraduate Admissions Office are not able to make assessments of fee status prior to an offer of admission.

All students who are not classified as Home will be classified as Overseas. If you believe that your assigned fee status has been misclassified, you may request a fee reassessment from the Postgraduate Admissions Office who will consult the UKCISA guidelines before making a decision. Please see Fee Reassessment for details.

Further to the statement made by the UK government in June 2020, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals (except Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland) will no longer be eligible for home fee status for courses starting in academic year 2021/22, unless they are benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. The expectation is that students that have been given 'settled status' or 'pre-settled status' under the EU settlement scheme will continue to be treated as Home students for the purposes of research council funding through EPSRC CDT programmes.

Criteria for classification as Home Fee Status

Fully funded (fees, maintenance and RTSG) UKRI studentships are available to eligible UK and Irish students at the home fees rate. UKRI eligibility criteria is based on residency. There are a number of requirements which must be met in order to be eligble for Home fees. The details of the UK government legislation defining eligibility for Home fees are quite complex. Further guidance can be found on the following websites:

Cambridge University postgraduate study - What is my Fee Status

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

However, all individuals that meet the following criteria are expected to qualify for home level fees and will therefore be eligible for full studentships:

1 - Settled status/nationality

  • Students must be nationals of the UK (meeting residency requirements), or have indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK (they must not be subject under immigration laws to any restriction on the period for which they may stay in the UK).

  • The UK Government has announced that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals who wish to commence courses in England in the academic year starting from September 2021 will need to be benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or the Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively to be eligible for Home fees. Such persons will generally have applied for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before 30 June 2021.

       Generally this covers those who also:

  • were living in the UK by 31 December 2020 having exercised a right to reside under EU law, the EEA Agreement or the Free Movement of Persons Agreement, and;
  • continued to live in the UK after 31 December 2020.
  • Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement will also be eligible for Home fees.

2 - Ordinary residence

  • Generally UK nationals must usually have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EEA for the three years prior to the relevant start date of the course for which they are applying (1st September, 1st January or 1st April)*. EEA nationals will be subject to further residency requirements stipulating that they should have been in the UK continuously since at least 31 December 2020. Residence should not have been wholly or mainly for the purposes of receiving education. Being absent from the UK due to study abroad is usually considered a temporary absence and does not affect ordinary residence if the home/permanent address is within the UK. All information is subject to further goverment confirmation.

*For Irish nationals this ordinary residence must be in the UK or Ireland.

If you submit an application and meet the eligibility criteria, we will automatically consider you for EPSRC funding.

For Other EU (non Irish) and Overseas students

UKRI funding 

The UKRI has confirmed that international students (EU and non-EU) will be eligible for all Research Council-funded postgraduate studentships from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. UKRI issued the following guidance document in October 2020 summary of changes to EU and international eligibility for UKRI funded studentships from 2021/22 academic year onwards

We will therefore be able to offer a limited number of studentships to international students, which will cover fees at the UK rate, a stipend to support living costs and a Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG). UKRI funding will not cover international fees, but the fee difference can be met through other sources. Please note for overseas candidates this funding is limited to only a very small number of the very top applicants.

University based Scholarship funding

The University of Cambridge also offers a number of scholarships to EU, Overseas and UK applicants, details of which can be found here.

For Cambridge Trust scholarship, please see here.

For Gates Cambridge scholarship, please see here.

For Harding Scholarship, please see here.

All scholarships require that you apply to the University of Cambridge via the normal online application form. No separate application is normally needed to be considered for scholarships administered by the University of Cambridge. However, it is important to research all options thoroughly, to tick the relevant boxes in your application and to provide supporting statements when required. Please note the application deadlines if you are applying for the following scholarships and check which one applies to you:

Category Scholarship Deadline
US citizens living in the USA only Gates USA 13th October 2021
All other eligible applicants Gates International early December 2021
UK/EU/International Cambridge Trust early December 2021
UK/EU/International Harding Scholarship early December 2021

More information is available here. A timeline is available here.

You can also search for further funding opportunities here.

Overseas fees candidates (EU and non-EU) should therefore select all funding options on the application form so that they have every opportunity to receive a fully funded studentship

How to Apply

Applications for this programme should be made on the standard graduate admissions form to the University of Cambridge, stating course code EGEGR8 (EPSRC CDT MRes + PhD Future Propulsion and Power). Please note if Oxford is your first choice for PhD institution you will also need to get accepted by Oxford for the DPhil. Therefore completion of an Oxford application form as well as the Cambridge application form is required. Further details about the application procedure for the DPhil at Oxford can be found here. Oxford University have an Application fee waiver scheme for candidates that have completed two application forms in the same admissions cycle. This ensures that applicants only pay for one application fee.

The MRes in Future Propulsion and Power is only available as part of the CDT in Future Propulsion and Power. On successful completion of the MRes, students will begin the PhD phase of the CDT.

In the Research Proposal section of the application, there is no mandatory requirement to prepare a research proposal, however please make sure you describe your interests and any specific areas you may wish to work in. You do not have to put a supervisor for the PhD phase on your application, therefore you do not need to find a potential supervisor before applying. Please also clearly state an order of preference for the university at which you would like to study for the PhD phase of the CDT.

For further information on applications to or projects at Oxford and Loughborough, please see:

Loughborough UTC Website

Oxford CDT Website

Once you have submitted your application please email Sara Horsfield so that we can keep track of your application.

Application deadline

Places are limited so we recommend applying as soon as possible.

The application deadline for October 2022 entry is 16th May 2022.



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