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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Functional Industrial Coatings

Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Functional Industrial Coatings

Applications for entry in October 2022 are now open

The CDT in Functional Industrial Coatings at Swansea University is offering 10 fully funded four-year Engineering Doctorate (EngD) studentships.

Scholarships cover the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.

Also, a generous budget is available to support training, project costs, industry placements and travel to enable you to network and showcase your research at an international conference.

About the CDT

The CDT is focused on providing a total of 50 EngD Research Engineers during the lifespan of the grant with the technical and research excellence to develop and manufacture new functional industrial coatings and to gain the professional skills to become industry and academic leaders.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Functional Industrial Coatings

It builds on the successes of existing CDTs and is supported by numerous multinational companies including BASF Germany, Tata Steel, NSG Group and Rolls Royce plc.

Coatings are abundant throughout day to day life and ensure the function, durability and aesthetics of millions of products and processes. The use of coatings is essential across multiple sectors including construction, automotive, aerospace, packaging and energy; however, today there is a focus for them to be sustainability sourced and easily recycled.

What does the EngD involve?

The EngD is a professional 4-year degree that combines the scientific research of a PhD with the business skills needed to thrive in a competitive workplace.

Our projects cover everything from substrate and coating formulations through to corrosion performance and end of life. All are determined and sponsored by an industrial partner with support from both academic and industrial supervisors.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Functional Industrial Coatings

Alongside your research project you will undertake technical modules, including:

  • Substrate
  • Coating Formulation
  • Functional Coatings
  • Deposition of Functional Materials
  • Degradation of Materials

In addition, you will receive training in research skills and professional skills (Interpersonal Skills, Entrepreneurship, Economic Appraisal of Engineering Projects and Leadership and Management) to enhance your employability.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Functional Industrial Coatings

You will be based within the College of Engineering ‘Materials and Manufacturing Academy’ and join a cohort of around 120 individuals, thus aiding the sharing of knowledge, friendship and support during your research journey. The College has a vibrant research environment (ranked as 2nd in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014) with robust research groups, including SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre and Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating and fantastic state-of-the-art research facilities.

The CDT also holds a number of cohort based activities to enhance your experience, including:

  • Team Building
  • UK Industrial Site Tour
  • Coatings Challenge
  • Annual Conference
  • Social Committee
  • Outreach Committee
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Functional Industrial Coatings

How to Apply

We welcome applications from candidates with/ on target to achieve an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level. Full eligibility criteria can be found here.

Select the project you are interested in and apply online.

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The CDT forms part of the Materials and Manufacturing Academy that is part funded by the European Social Fund via the Welsh Government.

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