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Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems

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

The AAPS CDT at the University of Bath is recruiting its third cohort starting in September 2021. AAPS integrates a one-year MRes with a three to four-year PhD giving comprehensive training and detailed knowledge in your chosen subject area alongside colleagues working across a broad spectrum of challenges facing the Industry.

AAPS offers at least 10 fully-funded studentships each September.

Studentships cover stipend, fees and research support budget.

Our world is suffering from unsustainable levels of congestion, life-threatening air quality and a rapidly accelerating climate crisis. Something needs to change and it needs to happen at pace.

The AAPS CDT is here to support the thought and future leaders of mobility. Bringing together industry, academics and students to pioneer and shape the transition to clean, sustainable movement.

Let’s work as one to lead the way towards innovative, clean and CO2 free ways of moving people and products. Let’s work smart to design intelligent cities with new forms of vehicles. Let’s engineer a future where the world has transport and movement that is impact free.

Our Research Themes:

Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems
  • Low Carbon Fuels
  • Gas Purification
  • Propulsion Electrification
  • Applications of Mathematics
  • Applications of Computer Science
  • Digital systems integration and optimisation
  • Chemical Energy Converters
  • Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition
  • Driver and User Behaviour
  • Transportation and Society
  • Transport Policy and Economics
Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems

MRes Year

The MRes year consists of bespoke taught units, group work and Integrative Think Tanks (ITTs).

You will develop foundation knowledge of the challenges facing the automotive sector as well as developing commercial and management skills, learning how to work as part of, as well as leading, a team. Programme content includes

  • Propulsion technologies and their roadmaps for development over the next 40 years
  • Business practices and the stakeholders, structure and challenges within the industry
  • Systems thinking and insights framework to practice innovation and how to work in trans-disciplinary teams
  • Guest lectures from industry and governmental organisations

PhD Phase

You remain an AAPS CDT student throughout your PhD phase during years 2-4 and will continue to engage with the CDT through mentoring and participation in centre activities. There will be opportunities to undertake industrial placements and academic secondments.

Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems

How to apply

You can apply by sending an expression of interest to the Student Experience Officer, Jessica Ohren ( including:

  • 300-word personal statement on how your research interest and personal purpose aligns with the AAPS CDT vision, and why you want to be part of the CDT.
  • which AAPS Research Theme(s) your interests mostly fit
  • two-page CV including your academic and work experience
  • scans of your academic transcript(s)
  • Where you heard about AAPS
  • title of the project you're applying for (if applicable)

Applications will be reviewed rapidly, and promising applicants will be invited to an interview.

Successful applicants will hold, or be expecting, a first or high upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). They will be highly ambitious individuals who are interested in conducting a PhD whilst simultaneously developing transdisciplinary team-working skills and engaging with industrial partners.