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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: 16 May 2022

Funding: currently £15,609 - £19,241 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 2022.

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.

These three universities have been specifically chosen because of their track record of research excellence in turbomachinery aerodynamics (Cambridge), heat transfer (Oxford) and combustor aerodynamics (Loughborough).

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

The CDT in Future Propulsion and Power 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 good 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

Fully funded (fees and maintenance and Research and Training Support Grant – RTSG) EPSRC studentships are available to eligible UK and Irish nationals at the home fee rate. Eligibility is based on residency. Usually all individuals that meet the following criteria are expected to qualify for home level fees and will therefore be eligible for full studentships:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled / pre-settled status, or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

Other EU (non-Irish) and Overseas applicants

All applicants eligible for Overseas Fees will be considered for partial funding (home-level fees and maintenance) from UKRI as part of their application. A number of additional funding sources are also available to EU and Overseas students. These include, but are not limited to competitive scholarship programmes such as the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Cambridge Trust and other University based scholarships, as well as funding from Turbo CDT industry partners.

Further information is available here.

How to apply

Please visit for more details.

There is a £75 fee for applications. Application deadline is 16 May 2022 for entry in October 2022 but places are limited and will be allocated throughout the year, so early application is strongly encouraged. Applications will open in September 2021.


Sara Horsfield, Senior CDT Administrator


The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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