PhD and MSc opportunities

PhD studentDepending on resources, we aim every year to have new PhD and MSc projects with several UK universities addressing plasma physics, materials science and fusion engineering associated with tokamaks, providing a range of exciting research opportunities.

The projects range from the theoretical, through computational modelling, to experimental studies. Most students are based at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, while some are based at their university. All have both a Culham and a university supervisor.

Typically starting each October, we run a broad range of PhD and MSc projects with about eight different university departments. Please check this page for updates on opportunities.


EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy

Projects for 2017

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy, or Fusion CDT for short, will train at least 77 PhD students in disciplines related to fusion energy over five intakes (2014-2018).

Students have access to a range of fusion energy facilities across the UK, including the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the MAST and JET tokamaks at Culham in Oxfordshire, advanced materials research facilities, the Orion laser and high performance computing facilities. International links provide access to many other fusion devices around the world.

The combination of world-leading experts and world-class facilities creates an outstanding training environment for the next generation of fusion scientists – the generation who will exploit ITER, NIF and other international experiments to make fusion energy a reality.

A range of projects are now available starting in 2017; please see the Fusion CDT website for the topics and further information.