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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Propulsion and Power (MRes & PhD)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Propulsion and Power (MRes & PhD)

Location: MRes year 1, University of Cambridge-Department of Engineering; PhD years 2-4, Universities of Cambridge, Oxford or Loughborough

Course code: EGEGR8

Closing date for applications: Applications for 2021 have now closed, please check back again at a later date in the summer for details about applying for 2022

Funding: currently £15,285 - £18,846 p.a. plus fees for EPSRC eligible students

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Propulsion and Power is currently recruiting up to 18 postgraduate students to start in October 2021.

Our CDT is an exciting partnership that brings together internationally-recognised universities and global industry partners to create a unique consortium for aerothermal training and research.

The training programme involves the Whittle Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, the Osney Laboratory at the University of Oxford and the Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department at Loughborough University.

The CDT has further assembled a group of companies in complementary sectors; Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens UK and Dyson.

The programme follows a "1+3" model. In year one, all students study for MRes degree in Future Propulsion and Power at the University of Cambridge. However, while students are based in Cambridge, the MRes also makes full use of the unique partnership between academia and industry that is at the heart of the CDT.

The training delivered during the MRes provides a springboard to the PhD phase in years two-to-four, where students undertake industrially-focussed PhD projects at one of the three partner universities. Each university provides an internationally recognised environment for propulsion and power research, but CDT students also benefit from the network of experts, and the portfolio of skills, that they have built up during the MRes phase.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Propulsion and Power (MRes & PhD)

Eligibility & entry requirements

Entry into this exciting programme is competitive and will take account of qualifications, aspirations and experience. Successful applicants are likely to have an engineering background with some specialisation in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics; students from related fields will also be considered. Students are normally expected to have a 2.1 or 1st class honours degree from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas university. International applicants should see this link to find out what grades are required.

Funding Information

UK and Irish applicants

The majority of successful applicants must be eligible for full funding (fees and maintenance). EPSRC studentships are available to UK and Irish students. Irish students are eligible for full studentships under the recent eligibility announcement by UKRI. UK and Irish students are also considered for the University based funding sources mentioned below, in addition to UKRI funding. All individuals having permanent residence or settled status in the UK are expected to qualify for home level fees and will therefore be eligible for full studentships.

Other EU (non-Irish) and Overseas applicants

Applicants will be considered for partial funding from UKRI as part of their application. A number of additional funding sources are available to EU and Overseas students. These include, but are not limited to competitive scholarship programmes such as the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Cambridge Trust, as well as funding from Turbo CDT industry partners.

How to apply

Please visit for more information and contact Sara Horsfield with any questions.

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