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The project will identify and optimize lead-free materials to replace lead zirconate titanate ceramics for applications requiring large impact-induced electric charge. The approach will be primarily experimental, with an emphasis on the understanding of the relationship between the composition, crystal structure and piezoelectric properties of a range of ceramic materials. Hence the candidate would acquire excellent skills in ceramic fabrication and characterization, including X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and impedance spectroscopy. The project is in collaboration with AWE plc, the UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment, where the candidate will spend a 3 month secondment during the project.


An EPSRC CASE studentship is available for 3.5 years within the group of Professor Andrew Bell in the Institute for Materials Research at the University of Leeds, to study for a PhD in the field of Piezoelectric Materials.

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

University requirements

Program requirements


Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a Science or Engineering discipline.


The studentship will provide the standard EPSRC tax-free stipend of £13,863 p.a, plus top up from the industrial sponsor of at least £3,000 p.a over the 3.5 years of the award.

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