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Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS)

Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS)

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS) at the University of Bath is offering at least seven fully funded four-year studentships to join the second cohort of students in September 2020. Studentships are available to UK/EU students and cover stipend, fees and research support budget.

AAPs does not have funding for students outside of the UK/EU. Self-funded applications are welcomed.

Applications for 2020 intake are now closed. Applications for 2021 will open in October 2020.

About the CDT

Our CDT goes beyond the traditional engineering disciplines to bring together students from backgrounds in sciences, mathematics and social sciences. You’ll train in the skills needed to take the automotive sector in a new direction. The programme integrates a one-year MRes with a PhD to give you comprehensive training in advanced automotive propulsion.

The programme

The first year of the programme consists of taught units, group work and Integrative Think Tanks (ITTs) which will immerse you in the technologies, business processes, stakeholders and working practices of automotive propulsion. It will also focus on building a strong network with the cohort, through nine-month group projects on the innovation process, where you’ll gain hands-on experience. The ITTs are week-long workshops which give you the chance to explore and identify research opportunities that could become your PhD topic.

Each student will plan their thesis and choose academic and industrial partners to support their research by the end of year 1. The key research themes include

Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS)
  • The future of the internal combustion engine
  • Driver and user behaviour
  • Next generation electric propulsion
  • Responsible research an innovation along the Road-to-Zero
  • Real-world emissions and driving behaviour
  • Digital systems integration and optimisation
  • Applications of mathematics in automotive propulsion
  • Gas purification: emissions control in propulsion systems
  • Alternative liquid fuel synthesis and testing

Students will then work on research in years 2 to 4 and continue to be involved in Student-Led Symposia and ITTs. Students will also have the opportunity to take advantage of our established links to go on placement during this stage.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS)

What we are looking for

Highly ambitious individuals who are interested in conducting a PhD whilst simultaneously developing interdisciplinary team-working skills and engaging with industrial partners.

Further details about the programme can be found on the AAPS CDT website.

How to apply

You can apply to be considered for AAPS by sending an expression of interest to the Student Experience Officer, Jessica Ohren ([email protected]) to include:

  • Approximately 250 words on your motivation for applying to AAPS
  • A two-page CV which includes your academic and work experience
  • Scans of your academic transcript(s)
  • Information on where you heard about AAPS
  • the title of the project you're applying for (if applicable)

All applications will be reviewed rapidly and promising applicants will be invited to an interview at Bath or via skype. Successful applicants will hold, or will be expecting, a first or high upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent).

More details, are available on our website.


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